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    Rip stop

    Wondering how water/weather proof rip stop is? I was thinking of getting some from Joanns to make doors. If it's not very weather proof, can you use a waterproofing spray, such as kiwi, to make it more water proof/resistant?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkautzman89 View Post
    Wondering how water/weather proof rip stop is? I was thinking of getting some from Joanns to make doors. If it's not very weather proof, can you use a waterproofing spray, such as kiwi, to make it more water proof/resistant?
    You might be better off buying a waterproof fabric from the get-go; you can get silnylon (which is essentially ripstop nylon impregnated with silicone; completely waterproof) for about the same price as Joanns ripstop (at least at my local store) from backwoodsdaydreamer.com.

    I'd be concerned about getting an even coating on non-sil ripstop; even if you could do it it'd cost you more in time/effort than it's worth (IMO).

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    Re: Rip stop

    +1 to the above. Also, if you are concerned about weight the Sil is like 1.4oz/yrd after coating. The Jo-anne is around 1.9oz/yrd before you add a coating.

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    Re: Rip stop

    I'm not to worried about weight, but was more curious if it could be done. But if silnylon is about the same price then why not. Can silnylon only be bought online?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkautzman89 View Post
    I'm not to worried about weight, but was more curious if it could be done. But if silnylon is about the same price then why not. Can silnylon only be bought online?
    it can be done see here: https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/...ead.php?t=2011

    buying silnylon online will likely be easier than finding it locally but hey who knows, let your fingers do the walking, but don't be surprised if the folks at the local fabric shop have no idea what you are talking about.

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    Scott at Diy Gear Supply sells silnylon 2nds at less than Jo Ann's sells Ripstop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cinnamon View Post
    This is the definitive thread on making your own silnylon. I've done it successfully, and IMO it's not really worth the trouble. Sil 2nds would be the way to go for ease and dependability.

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    I think the correct answer has been reached, but I'll share this...

    We did a "will it hold water" test on some Hancock ripstop nylon. Tucked some into a cup to form a bowl shape, held it in place with a rubber band and poured water on top... water leaked through pretty quickly. We also sprayed some with a hose and while the water beaded on top, the layer beneath had water beading on it as well. Joann's appears to be nearly identical.

    Good luck with the project. Go to www.backwoodsdaydreamer.com (formerly DIY Gear Supply) for some nice affordable options.
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    Re: Rip stop

    Thanks for the info. I think I'll just buy some silnylon and not worry about the ripstop. I have a bunch of ripstop, so that's why I was asking.

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    What you have isn't simply fabric inappropriate for DIY sil doors; what you have is lots of future hammocks! Crank 'em out!

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