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    Seam Sealer Brand

    I'm sure it's been talked about extensively "somewhere" in here, but search results aren't getting me to where I need to go.

    Silpoly superfly coming in shortly. Is standard seam grip best to use on those or should I be looking at something different for a silpoly? I noticed they have a seam grip + SIL, seam grip +WP and SILNet. Do those "special" SIL formulations really make a difference or just gimmicks?
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    Not sure about what WB sends you but Permatex 81730 works. Use baby powder on it after it dries so you can fold it up.

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    If the material has silicone in it you should use a sealer with silicone. As mentioned Permatex flowable silicone works well. McNett Silnet is good also but I find the Permatex easier to apply and work with.
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    I asked Brandon from Warbonnet a couple of years ago and he said to use GE Silicone ll from the hardware store.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1-Hung-Low View Post
    I asked Brandon from Warbonnet a couple of years ago and he said to use GE Silicone ll from the hardware store.
    Ditto...but I mix mine into a runny paste with low oder mineral spirits. It helps it soak into the stitching and wipes off easy with no tacky residue. I hate the look of baby powder streaks. This is the same routine Henry from Tarptent uses to seam seal at the factory.
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    GE silicon + mineral spirits - mix to consistency of warm honey - put into syringe and squirt onto seam. Spread it evenly over seam

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    Quote Originally Posted by GilligansWorld View Post
    GE silicon + mineral spirits - mix to consistency of warm honey - put into syringe and squirt onto seam. Spread it evenly over seam

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    Just did the 1:1 on the Dynafly prototype I have been using.
    However, I thought that most syringe jobs I've seen looked kinda sloppy and lumpish, so I just daubed it on with a med-soft art brush [20-pak of assorted from WallyWorld was about $4]. I trimmed the brush tip down to a flat angle with scissors.
    I could quite literally see the sealer getting sucked into the stitching fibers as I worked along...
    This was what it looks like when I finished and it had dried for a couple of days:


    That one drip is the sloppiest it got...
    Still untested, but I'm satisfied that the 1:1 DIY mix is just fine. I have even heard opinions that it is possibly better than the pre-mixes.
    The only down-side was I had to shake my little bottle'o'stuff for a LOOONNNGGG time to get it all dissolved.
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    I appreciate the input. Looks like DIY GE Sil II has the consensus... and heard back from Brandon today, "...use a 100% silicone preferably neutral cure (ge sil ll is) which is what ours is as well."

    Works for me! Thanks!
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    Ditto for the GE Silicone 2, but I use Coleman stove fuel to thin it....flows great and dried quick...just make sure to do it outside with lots of airflow.

    Last year when I sealed my 10 by 12 foot hot tent, it took me close to 3 hours, doing both inside and outside seams.

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    Off topic, sort of, but is there any way to save an reuse caulk tubes later on? I used some more expensive GE stuff recently on my home and put a nail in the tip, then wrapped it well with plastic wrap and tape. No luck. I'm guessing they're all designed as a one-time use?

    Quote Originally Posted by michigandave View Post
    Last year when I sealed my 10 by 12 foot hot tent, it took me close to 3 hours, doing both inside and outside seams.
    Doesn't sound right. I think you need a second coat.

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