I turned some double front Carhartt pants into oil skin upland game pants.
Step 1: Get Some Pants.
These are Carhartt double front heavy duck pants. About $50 new.
Step 2: Make Some Goop.
- Beeswax (the real stuff. Might require you to get out there and make a new friend.)
- Boiled linseed oil
- Hot plate
- Pan you don't mind trashing (Goodwill $2)
- Cheap paint brush
Roughly equal parts wax to oil but a little heavier on the oil. Makes it spread and penetrate better. Heat it up to just past melting but be careful it will smoke easily. If it's too cool it will harden faster then you can spread it.
Step 3: Spread It On.
Work in small sections. Get your seams well.
Step 4: Apply Heat.
I've heard of some cats using hair dryers or torches. Have fun with that. I used this heat gun and it worked pretty slick. Hang on to the gun receipt. The first one didn't like this much work.
Work your way around your article however seems best. Apply enough heat to melt the wax so it is absorbed into the material and a little beyond so it starts to boil back up just a bit, then move on.
Step 5: Get It All.
Don't forget the sides and crotch. I did not go all the way inside the pockets. Apply some more to areas that look streaked and reheat. The final product will come out feeling waxy and greasy (go figure), get out there and do some good bush whacking and it will work itself out. You can practice first by making the goop out of toilet bowl rings and linseed oil on an old canvas bag or sneakers.
*Side note* Any breathability your material might have had will be gone so be ready to get a little clammy, especially as they get broken in.
Now quit reading about it and go do it!