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    DIY Tarp fabric question...?

    Ok, So I made my own hammock of 1.9 Ripstop nylon bought from Ripstop by the roll...made a Fronkeystien Harbor Freight 4mil tarp for my Havasupai trip...but now want to make a better lighter tarp to last for future hanging outings...can 1.1 ripstop nylon be used vs silnylon...? What is the benifits of either...?Just wondering before I order my fabric...thanks for your input...

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    1.1 ripstop may have a DWR but that's only water repellent, while silnylon is waterproof. Silnylon's finished weight is usually 1.4oz/sqyd

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    So pretty much silnylon is the way to go

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaq67225 View Post
    So pretty much silnylon is the way to go
    UNLESS, YOU want to go through the process of making the fabric into silnylon, there are some threads about that subject. There is also a "Sticky" in regard to DIY silicone treatment. Might be fun, the fumes would kill me other wise I would try it.

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    ok...so silnylon it is...thanks for the info

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    You could use pu coated rip stop.

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    Or, argonsilnylon.
    See dutchware forum
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    How's hyper d 1.6 for water proof? Looking at it or silnylon

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    Quote Originally Posted by paintballpro2 View Post
    How's hyper d 1.6 for water proof? Looking at it or silnylon
    The same as normal rs with a dwr. Get the silnylon, it's cheaper and lighter.

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    Ok thanks. What's the best thread needle combo? And what would I do for grossgrain? Do I need it? Where would I put it? How much gross grain would I need? Is it worth it to do my own or easier to buy?

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