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    My Tadpole Seam Leaked

    I posted a detailed thread in the Weather Protection forum if anyone thinks they might be able to share some knowledge with me.

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...364#post748364

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    I think WL offers a seam sealer that is for their silnylon. I would be afraid to use any other brand.

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    For silnylon I'd recommend a silicone sealant. McNett's Silnet or Permatex flowable silicone are two that I have seen recommended around here. I have personally used the Permatex stuff with great success.
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    I have seam sealed many tarps and tents over the years using the method described by Henry Shires at TarpTent. I used this on my Tadpole with great success.

    Henry's explaination from his website:

    "Silicone is the only material that will stick to the fabric. Urethane sealer will flake off. An inexpensive product that works well is GE Silicone II clear sealer/glue. It is available as a squeeze tube in most US hardware stores or in the Tarptent Store. Set up the tent ouside in a well-ventilated location. Mix about a tablespoon of silicone with a couple of tablespoons of mineral spirits(paint thinner) and then apply the solution with a small foam brush. Add more mineral spirits if the solution gets too thick. The goal is heavy olive oil consistency. Avoid skin contact and breathing fumes".

    He also has a video of how he does it.

    http://tarptent.com/ttvideos.html#seamseal

    I use the sponge but put it on about the same width as the sewn seam and never had to wipe any off. Being diluted it soaks the threads nicely.
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    get some mcnetts. works great. finger smudged my tadpole ridge seam... and held solid in the PNW winter rain. dry as a bone.

    some have said the french seam doesn't need it, but marty won't guarantee it.... so i added the 1/2 oz. of assurance.
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