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    Best technique to weatherproof tarp pullouts

    Just inquiring about the best way to apply the silicon on the tarp pullouts and not making a mess?

    Looks like a silly question but I have seen some bad jobs on tarp sealing!

    Any tricks or tips

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    I use my finger. Rather it not leak than be all pretty.
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    I had some extra brushes that are used to apply soldering flux. Used them to apply to both sides and it doesn't look too horrible!

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    Here you go from one of out cottage vendors:
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    If using pure silicone...dilute in mineral spirits...mix until all the silicone has dissolved. You can use a finger or small brush as mentioned above and apply to seam. Does not take much.

    I also apply to the inside seam as backup. Easier to do if you set up tarp and make sure it is stretched tight. Let it dry for about 24 hours and then do the hose test to make sure the tarp is not leaking. Used this method on 3 DIY tarps and no leaks.

    I try to be neat but as Shug said
    Rather it not leak than be all pretty.
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    Thank you all for the replies!
    Very much appreciated

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    I and many others use Permatex flowable silicone. It comes with an applicator tip that you cut the end off. It's easy apply a line of sealant over the stitch lines and it gets into the holes well.
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    I used Seam Grip and/or Flowable Silicone on my tarps.It depends what your material is as to which one
    you can use.Yep,got them confused and have not noticed anything horrible yet.

    I tried the brush and the applicator nozzle but before it was over I was using my nasty ole hiker finger and thumb to work it into both sides of the seam;including seams the manufacturer claims do not need sealing.The reason I resorted to such extreme measures is that I went on a winter trip in the GSMNP and had a little leak in a brand new tarp that was supposedly sealed when I got it.(I had paid for it).Luck was on my side and the water ran down the sides of the interior of tarp and did not drip in hammock.

    One thing I did was after it all dried a light coating of baby powder brushed on with a paint brush made all the stickiness go away.I also sealed a rain jacket that supposedly does not need sealing.Yeah,I hate wetness out there........

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    I also use the GE Silicone II thinned with Mineral Spirits. What I like about this method is the surface is left without any obvious alteration.

    I learned this method when I got my Tarptent:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubba View Post
    I and many others use Permatex flowable silicone. It comes with an applicator tip that you cut the end off. It's easy apply a line of sealant over the stitch lines and it gets into the holes well.
    That's all you need to do. A tiny stream just wide enough to cover the thread. I also put some on the inside as well just for good measure.

    A big brush and pile of this stuff isn't coming anywhere near my expensive tarps.

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