How to Waterproof a Felt Hat

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Waterproofing a felt hat isn't something that you have to do if that hat is made from European hare. Waterproof a felt hat with help from a fashion professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Eric Watson at Watson's Hat Shop in historical Cave Creek, Arizona. Here at Watson's Hat Shop we make fine tailored custom hats to any style. Today I'm going to show you how to waterproof a felt hat or rather you don't need to waterproof a felt hat. European hare and beaver fur felt hats do not need to be waterproofed. You do not need to use silicone sprays or anything like that. The only hat that needs to be waterproofed is a wool hat and the reason is, is because the felt is not as dense and as strong and compacted together because of lack of microscopic barbs on the wool versus European hare which is rabbit fur felt or beaver fur felt. So you can actually see when I spray this hat you can see that it doesn't soak up the water. The water lays on the outer part of the hat and this is because this hat is pure beaver fur felt. So do not use any sprays or anything like that, once again, on a fine fur felt hat to waterproof it because it's not necessary. And that's how you don't waterproof a felt hat and I'm Eric Watson, and come visit us at Watson's Hat Shop and thank you for your time.

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