cool, can't wait till someone does a full tarp.
Here is a link from Ed Speers home page that talks about making Silnylon seam sealer. Mabe if the proportions were modified its along the same idea.
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Have you thought about using a squeegee to apply the silicone? Maybe soaking the fabric, laying it out flat, and then using a squeegee to go over the fabric, sorta like screen printing a shirt. You may also be able to just lay the fabric out flat and pour the diluted silicone on the fabric, and then go over it with a squeegee.
Using a squeegee would remove extra silicone and it would probably do a good job of forcing the mixture into the fabric and it would give you a pretty even coating.
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What about an old wash basin and ringer, mix everything in the tub, soak the fabric then run it through this :
You would want a newer one than this one.
I've been thinking about doing this too... Glad to see someone made the first plunge...
From my point of view using something that dries faster is NOT an advantage. The idea I would think is to get as much penetration as possible rather than coating the surface.
My idea was to make a big enough pot to soak the fabric in all at once. Even leave it soak for some time. My experience with dying was that it takes a fair bit of time for full wetting. So I figured the same here...
Then I was thinking of hanging it out on the clothesline to wipe down and let dry.
Also considered doing a very thin mix and multiple applications.
WOW, great thread.
I for one am tired of the limited color choices offered by the makers of silnylon, seems thay have the Henry Ford mentality of: "Give them any color they want, as long as it's black".
I'm going to try this!
I too think that a few coats of "too thin" may be the way to go.
Would spraying it on with a paint gun work? I'm thinking the pressure would force the sylicon into the fibers. Spray one side (While hanging up?) then the other. Repete? This would also be a really good time to be wearing a respirator, and eye protection.
Again, this is a Great thread!!
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You could probably make some interesting colour shifts by using coloured silicone too...