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Benefits to Buying Waxed Canvas

BY Buffalo Jackson Insight canvas care
BY Amanda Uher

Waxed canvas is experiencing a much-deserved renaissance. Starting with an already durable fabric (canvas) and then adding a water-resistant wax coating, waxed canvas stays true to its historic roots while still living up to the modern day hype. For those of you still on the fence, here are 3 key benefits to buying waxed canvas bags:  

1. Water Resistant

Waxed canvas bags are known and loved for their water resistance. The wax coating repels water, making this a popular material that has stood the test of time for constructing military rucksacks & backpacks, sails, tents, and outdoor gear.  

2. Straightforward Care

Because of the wax coating, scuffs and marks actually add to the character of waxed canvas bags rather than making them look dirty. This means they do not require frequent cleaning. Over time, however, the wax coating will thin and you’ll need to re-wax the canvas (usually every 1-2 years, depending on the amount of use). This is a fairly simple process which only requires a bar or tin of canvas wax and a hair dryer to help soften the wax when applying.  

3. Durable & Ages

Well, waxed canvas far outlasts its fabric counterparts in long term endurance. Like fine leather, the more you use it, the better it looks. Given the proper care, the same wear and tear that would wear out and tear up another fabric will instead develop the character and patina that makes waxed canvas bags even more valuable and desirable over time.


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