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1 hour ago, optimista said:

My daughter and I have Barbour (where is that trademark thingy?) wax jackets... they need re-waxing... so I buy a tin of Barbour Thornproof Wax Dressing. Original formula. I look for the contents of the tin... in vain... trade secret. Obviously.

 

Now somewhere on Toytown I label myself as Vaseline Woman. Goes on my elbows, lips, hair, eye lashes, eye brows (sparingly, I hasten to add) shoes, boots, flugelhorn valve slides, alphorn joints, you name it... I think I recognise Vaseline when I see it.

 

The stuff in that tin I bought for 20 Euros to slap on my jacket is, I am sure, just... Vaseline. :angry:

 

Anyone care to correct me? I would almost be glad...

 

 

Barbour wax is the same as Greenland wax (more or less):

 

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Making Greenland wax for waterproofing outdoor gear is very easy and inexpensive. The materials needed are parafin and beeswax. I have used parafin meant for making candles from a craft store which has a melting point of about 60 degrees. Beeswax can be found from some craft stores, but it is cheaper to ask for it from a beekeeper. Both parafin and beeswax are usually sold in 0,5 - 1 kg pieces. From 1 kg you can make 20 pieces of Greenland wax, which is enough for all your friends as well.

 

The process is very simple: melt parafin (about 90%) and beeswax (about 10%) in a container which is placed in a hot water bath. I have used a pot of water on the stove for this, in which the water was first boiled and an empty cream cheese container was used as a form (as seen in the picture below). After melting let the mixture cool down. Afterwards the wax is ready for use.

 

In experimentations I haven't noticed any difference between the factory wax and the self-made wax.

https://www.shelbyoutdoor.com/?cPath=405_434_515&language=en#:~:text=Both%20parafin%20and%20beeswax%20are,in%20a%20hot%20water%20bath.

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Well thank you for that. And wot an utter rip-off the stuff in the tin is... to Vaseline Woman.

I am now wondering if the Americans call petroleum jelly (trademark Vaseline) parafin?? Parafin to a Brit is a stinky, highly inflammable liquid, also a by-product of petroleum. Not wot is in that picture in the link... which looks like lumpy Vaseline. Anyway, I think we have got to the bottom of it, and I will not be buying any more tins of "dressing".

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10 minutes ago, optimista said:

Well thank you for that. And wot an utter rip-off the stuff in the tin is... to Vaseline Woman.

I am now wondering if the Americans call petroleum jelly (trademark Vaseline) parafin?? Parafin to a Brit is a stinky, highly inflammable liquid, also a by-product of petroleum. Not wot is in that picture in the link... which looks like lumpy Vaseline. Anyway, I think we have got to the bottom of it, and I will not be buying any more tins of "dressing".

 

 

Paraffin is kerosene https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerosene

 

Paraffin wax is the stuff you are looking for :) 

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paraffin_wax

 

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Fascinating. Really. Would like to know the difference between paraffin wax and petroleum jelly.

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A ditty for Vaseline Woman :

 

There was a young couple named Kelly               
Who were forced to live belly to belly, 
Because one cold, dark night,
They used Araldite*,
Instead of petroleum jelly.

 

 

*Araldite is trade mark for a very strong epoxy based glue 

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3 hours ago, optimista said:

Fascinating. Really.

 

Yes, absolutely. I have never felt the need to re-coat Paps' Barbour, but now I kind of want to do the melty mix and have a go....

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I didn't want to go there HH... Chance is a fine thing ex post covid. :P

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On 8/31/2020, 1:08:52, HH_Sailor said:

A ditty for Vaseline Woman :

 


There was a young couple named Kelly               
Who were forced to live belly to belly, 
Because one cold, dark night,
They used Araldite*,
Instead of petroleum jelly.

 

 

*Araldite is trade mark for a very strong epoxy based glue 

Alternate version:
A newlywed couple named Kelly

Was found sticking belly to belly.

It turned out, in their haste

They used library paste,

Instead of petroleum jelly.

 

Were the Kellys bookbinders by profession?
Did they have a cottage industry, with library paste in the home?
Had they never heard of foreplay?

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How did Trump self-fund his own campaign if he had no money? Who gave him the money?

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On 7/15/2020, 3:30:07, AlexTr said:

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That's why I love german politics: soooo boring!

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21 minutes ago, dom said:

That's why I love german politics: soooo boring!

 

There was a bit of excitement during the thirties and forties though

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The optimist invented the airplane.  The pessimist invented the parachute.

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