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    Silnylon in cold weather

    Hi, was out night in minus temps and noticed today when packing up that where i had sealed the ridgeline seam the silnet is peeling off ( i assume because of low temps)
    is sealing the ridgeline something we should do on an annual basis (sorry for newbie question)

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    I think colder temps can make the seam sealer more brittle which can cause it to separate when you fold the tarp. I usually reseal my main tarp every year or so but I think it depends on use. Other tarps and tents that don't get used as much I only reseal if I notice it coming off or I notice leaks.

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    How cold ? I,ve used it to -11F with no problems
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    Are you sure you used the right seam sealant? There are some for silnylon and others PU-coated tarps etc.

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    I used silent sealer that came with the tarp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stan794 View Post
    I used silent sealer that came with the tarp.
    Then the next question is, are you sure that your tarp is made of a pure silnylon? If it is coated with e.g. a mix of PU and silicone (like Silpoly), that might explain the problem as well. I have never seen silicone come off when used on silnylon. People even use it to glue on tarp panel pulls or repair holes.

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