Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 13

Hybrid View

  1. #1
    Senior Member chezrad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Easley, SC
    Hammock
    Blackbird
    Tarp
    OES Spinn Deluxe
    Insulation
    DIY Top & Bottom
    Suspension
    Whoopie!
    Posts
    135
    Images
    22

    DWR as a cheap alternative to Silnylon?

    Has anyone had any luck with, or heard of making a tarp out of DWR and spraying it or coating it with something to make it waterproof as a cheaper alternative to Silnylon? Is it possible to make your own Silnylon?

    One of those questions that popped into my head while I was sewing a hammock in the middle of the night.

  2. #2
    Senior Member The Breeze's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    golden valley nc.
    Posts
    215
    Images
    15

    waterproofing

    I think it was on speers home made web site where he or someone said you could mix 60 silicond and 40 gas or some type thinner and make a waterproofer add baby powders when it was dry hope this helps .ps this is crazy but I know this works because my dad done it for a long time .drip it in motor oil to make cow tarps for around the barn and it keeps flys away hehehehe
    Bear bait what??? Your It!!!!!!!!

  3. #3
    Senior Member headchange4u's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Kentucky
    Hammock
    Dual Layer WB Blackbird
    Tarp
    OES Cuben
    Insulation
    SnugFit
    Posts
    6,265
    Images
    35
    I would be a little wary of a DWR as a truly waterproof option. Even the DWR on nylon is just a coating and suject to wear off, the same as any treatment that you would add to help water resistance. You would still just have a water RESITANT fabric. With silnylon the waterproofing is made into the fabric and will not wearr off after time.

  4. #4
    neo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    nashville,tennessee
    Hammock
    DD modular jungle hammock
    Tarp
    wilderness logics
    Insulation
    wilderness logics
    Suspension
    whoopie sling
    Posts
    4,287
    Images
    295
    here is a link formula for making silnylon neo

    http://jwbasecamp.com/Articles/Silnylon1/index.html

  5. #5
    neo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    nashville,tennessee
    Hammock
    DD modular jungle hammock
    Tarp
    wilderness logics
    Insulation
    wilderness logics
    Suspension
    whoopie sling
    Posts
    4,287
    Images
    295

  6. #6
    neo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    nashville,tennessee
    Hammock
    DD modular jungle hammock
    Tarp
    wilderness logics
    Insulation
    wilderness logics
    Suspension
    whoopie sling
    Posts
    4,287
    Images
    295

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    New Orleans, LA
    Posts
    3,565
    Images
    57
    Quote Originally Posted by chezrad View Post
    Has anyone had any luck with, or heard of making a tarp out of DWR and spraying it or coating it with something to make it waterproof as a cheaper alternative to Silnylon? Is it possible to make your own Silnylon?

    One of those questions that popped into my head while I was sewing a hammock in the middle of the night.
    I'm not sure if it is really cheaper. If you are lucky enough to get sil from Walmart or just order it online, it is the almost the same price as DWR. I guess the cost saving would be from using $1 yard DWR versus $4 sil. But then you are still paying a price in terms of dollars and weight for the silicon coating.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
    The hanger formly known as "hammock engineer".

  8. #8
    Peter_pan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    virginia
    Hammock
    JRB BMBH
    Tarp
    JRB 11x10 Cat Tarp
    Insulation
    JRB UQ of season
    Posts
    2,807
    Images
    7
    Buy the silnyl.... saving a couple of dollars on DWR is not worth life threatening risks with leaking tarp in 55* rain....which is one of the highest frequency Hypothermic killers.

    Making it is not worth the mess, and risks again, if you are less than skilled at the process...and who is skilled on their first attempt at many things...

    Pan
    Ounces to Grams.

    www.jacksrbetter.com ... Largest supplier of camping quilts and under quilts...Home of the Original Nest Under Quilt, and Bear Mountain Bridge Hammock. 800 595 0413

  9. #9
    slowhike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Winston-Salem, NC
    Hammock
    DIY, gathered end , w/ spreader
    Tarp
    DIY w/ pull-outs
    Insulation
    DAM/ HG Incubator
    Suspension
    Webbing and rings
    Posts
    10,786
    Images
    319
    i have to second what headchange4u & pan said.
    i read some discussion on this else where & the conclusion i came to was that there's no way you can get a nice, even job at home like they do in the factory.
    you would probably end up w/ to much (heavy) in places & not enough in others.
    the mix of white gas & 100% pure, high grade silicon talked about elsewhere is for seam sealing silnylon tarps. and it works great.
    the gas that thins the silicon, also temporarily softens the silicon in the sil nylon, so the newly applied silicon blends right in w/ what is already on the tarp.
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

  10. #10
    Senior Member The Breeze's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    golden valley nc.
    Posts
    215
    Images
    15

    making it work

    ya im with you all you would have to make a big batch and drip the whole cloth and hang dry. plus what would you do with all the left over hazzard for he@@ no good just buy the good stuff .plus up date walmart says the get the dollar stuff ever tuesday move fast boy that was today.
    Bear bait what??? Your It!!!!!!!!

Similar Threads

  1. cheap S beaner alternative
    By climbing.kevin in forum Do-It-Yourself (DIY)
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 02-25-2014, 21:05
  2. Possible alternative for making silnylon
    By Norg in forum Do-It-Yourself (DIY)
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 09-06-2013, 13:17
  3. Stretch of silnylon? Cuban fiber alternative to the Superfly?
    By peripatew in forum Weather Protection
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 11-28-2012, 18:57
  4. Cheap alternative to zing-it?
    By checkers313 in forum Suspension Systems, Ridgelines, & Bug Nets
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 05-15-2012, 20:00
  5. Cheap alternative to cuben for DIY?
    By MrClockWork in forum Fabrics
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 02-03-2012, 14:30

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •