- This is the spray used in the experiment.
- The two plumes used BEFORE being sprayed.
- After Spraying with Scotch Guard the feathers took on an oily sheen and lost some of their fluffiness.
- I waited 24 hours before running water over the feathers.
- After putting the feathers under the tap they did not get soaked, the beads of water were suspended on the plume itself without penetrating the feather unless I physically rubbed the beads of water into the plume in which case it became damp but not soaked. The end result was this, the feathers remained looking as if they still had an oily sheen and never regained the fluffiness, even after blow drying, though they never got limp or soaking wet.
- Pheasant feather BEFORE spraying.
- Hairspray used.
- Feather after spraying; it looked damp and felt stiff but the feathers remained in position. I only sprayed the top half of the feather to compare with the untreated bottom half.
- After blow drying the feather I ran it under the tap.
- The feather got soaked but the part which was sprayed with the hair spray the feathers remained in position.
- A look at the entire feather immediately after coming out of the water. You can see where the feather was sprayed with hair spray the vane remained in the same position, but the bottom of the feather the vane separated.