Ageing an N1 deck jacket

Flakeman

New Member
Hello everyone,
I've just purchased a Buzz Rickson N1 deck jacket in blue. Excellent quality however the colour is virtually black its that dark. Is there anyway of distressing it? I have seen mention of washing it however it states dry clean only, any ideas would be appreciated.
 

Persimmon

Well-Known Member
Hello everyone,
I've just purchased a Buzz Rickson N1 deck jacket in blue. Excellent quality however the colour is virtually black its that dark. Is there anyway of distressing it? I have seen mention of washing it however it states dry clean only, any ideas would be appreciated.

Good choice. I have the blue version and the khaki versions.
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Dany McDonald

Well-Known Member
Hello everyone,
I've just purchased a Buzz Rickson N1 deck jacket in blue. Excellent quality however the colour is virtually black its that dark. Is there anyway of distressing it? I have seen mention of washing it however it states dry clean only, any ideas would be appreciated.

Hello,

Did you acquired the William Gibson version? It's a side project of Buzz where most of their military repros are done in black.

If it's really black, washing will not bring up any the blue. But I do wash my B-10's in the washer at the most gentle cycle with no problems.

Dany
 

dinomartino1

Well-Known Member
I had a BR and yes the blue is dark, I have washed bronson N1's to take off the new look though not to age them,
Try a warm wash with no detergent first and see what it's like after one wash.
Thomas from Germany seems to always give his cloth jackets repeated washings to fade them and I don't think he has ever had problems.
 

Enigma1938

Well-Known Member
Maybe this Thread helps.
Our fella geeboo did an amazing job here. It may a bit extreme but you can stop the process if the aging is to your liking.

 

Flakeman

New Member
Hello,

Did you acquired the William Gibson version? It's a side project of Buzz where most of their military repros are done in black.

If it's really black, washing will not bring up any the blue. But I do wash my B-10's in the washer at the most gentle cycle with no problems.

Dany
Thanks for that. It's definitely not a William Gibson as I've just checked, they a lot more expensive than mine and have different fur colour. Good info re the washing, thanks again
 

Flakeman

New Member
I had a BR and yes the blue is dark, I have washed bronson N1's to take off the new look though not to age them,
Try a warm wash with no detergent first and see what it's like after one wash.
Thomas from Germany seems to always give his cloth jackets repeated washings to fade them and I don't think he has ever had problems.
I had a BR and yes the blue is dark, I have washed bronson N1's to take off the new look though not to age them,
Try a warm wash with no detergent first and see what it's like after one wash.
Thomas from Germany seems to always give his cloth jackets repeated washings to fade them and I don't think he has ever had problems.
Great, I might give that a go, thanks very much.
 

Flakeman

New Member
Maybe this Thread helps.
Our fella geeboo did an amazing job here. It may a bit extreme but you can stop the process if the aging is to your liking.

Good grief that lads dedicated! I might just let nature take its course. Thanks for the info
 

jack31916

Well-Known Member
As said earlier: just put in in the laundry machine with a little soap. I've washed my BR Zipp Deckjacket a few times and it became a lighter shade. The jacket will fade also due to wear in sunlight but you'll have to be more patient (or use Geeboo's tricks). Good luck!
 

D97x7

Well-Known Member
Funny washing an N-1 should come up today, here's my one hanging on the line at the moment, it's the alpaca one Bill Kelso are selling.
Yes, I know it should be on a hanger, I'm trying to eliminate a fold around the hem that's been annoying me, hopefully hanging like this will do the trick, if not never mind at least I tried. The pegs don't seem to be doing any harm either.
I used the wool cycle on my front loader, which also hasn't done any harm, so like others have said, give it a wash.
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mr_lits

Active Member
I have a Buzz blue N1 and have worn almost daily for a year now. It was very dark to begin with but with wear and sunlight it has developed a great "worn" look. My answer how to age it... wear it all the time and show it some sunlight. Don't artificially age it... let wear do the work.. it will happen faster than you think.
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Persimmon

Well-Known Member
Hello everyone,
I've just purchased a Buzz Rickson N1 deck jacket in blue. Excellent quality however the colour is virtually black its that dark. Is there anyway of distressing it? I have seen mention of washing it however it states dry clean only, any ideas would be appreciated.

Wearing it over and over will certainly age and naturally distress the jacket. However if you want to wash it no issues Just given the blue N1 it’s first ever wash. In the machine 30 degree. Wash tablet in the machine and some sea salt for authenticity.
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40 minutes later on the line.
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Thomas Koehle

Well-Known Member
the "aging" procedure i use is simple: put her in the washer like a couple of other dudes already mentioned

30 degree C, light washing detergent, no tumbling or the slowest rate

hang dry but no dryer

this jacket was worn about 20 times

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this one even less

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Flakeman

New Member
As said earlier: just put in in the laundry machine with a little soap. I've washed my BR Zipp Deckjacket a few times and it became a lighter shade. The jacket will fade also due to wear in sunlight but you'll have to be more patient (or use Geeboo's tricks). Good luck!
Excellent info, cheers
 

Grant

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I agree with lits. Only washing my reproduction USN deck jackets get is getting caught in the rain, letting them dry naturally, then repeat. Kinda like what they were designed to do.
 

asiamiles

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I agree with lits. Only washing my reproduction USN deck jackets get is getting caught in the rain, letting them dry naturally, then repeat. Kinda like what they were designed to do.
Though presumably originals did get washed when they got dirty.
 

Thomas Koehle

Well-Known Member
Though presumably originals did get washed when they got dirty.

Got an A2 lately where i have my doubts it would ever got a decent wash ...

Anyway - keep in mind a cruiser or carrier ain't real tidy places - there is a lot of grease everywhere, dirt and dust that gathers on any garment so these jackets once in a while should also have found their way into a vessels "laundry"
 

Grant

Well-Known Member
Impossible to know for sure, but most used original N-1's I've handled look like they never seen the inside of a washing machine.
 
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