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    diy waterproofing anyone?

    Hello all,
    I was wondering if anyone has tried waterproofing they're own ripstop or other fabric for a tarp, rather than paying an extra 3 or 4 bucks a yard? I think I'd like to do this and would love to here recomendations on what to use.

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    shoeshine polish, lol

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    i've read discussions about that elsewhere. it seems that most of the folks felt like you would probably increase in weight a little (difficult to get the waterproofing material as uniform as in a commercial set up ).
    also the water resistance could be a little more questionable, especially over time.
    speer hammocks is the cheapest source of silnylon that i know of at $4.00 per yard.
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    That was my impression too. I think someone tried it, but it came out really heavy and not uniform. I think it is cheaper and easier just to order it. Especially when you figure in the time factor.
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    I've done it - it is heavier, but it is waterproof. I would only use it for items that would be difficult to make with sil-nylon (things with small parts) -- I absolutely would not recommend it at all for tarps, underquilts or any large item because of the extra weight and difficulty of applying the sil-mix to large pieces of cloth.

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    I used the mixture Blackbishop suggested to seal the ends on my Yellow catzilla tarp. It makes it think and heavy but I put several coats and probably too think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by weedeater64 View Post
    Hello all,
    I was wondering if anyone has tried waterproofing they're own ripstop or other fabric for a tarp, rather than paying an extra 3 or 4 bucks a yard? I think I'd like to do this and would love to here recomendations on what to use.
    I used the ReviveX Spray-on Water Repellent for Outerwear on a Taslan/Supplex poncho liner. Not water proof. It is a DWR coating. Works good as far as I can tell thus far. Heavier, undoubtly, but I didn't weight before and after so don't know ho much.

    For ripstop, I wouldn't bother. Doesn't seem like it would be worth the hassle. Also, the factory applied stuff is a lot softer to the touch than the ReviveX. Maybe other DWR coatings are softer.

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    has anyone here ever tried camp dry silacone spray neo


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    i have been thinking about this product also at outdoor stores neo

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    http://www.nikwax-usa.com/en-us/prod...-1&fabricid=-1

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    Quote Originally Posted by neo View Post
    i have been thinking about this product also at outdoor stores neo

    calle nikwax


    http://www.nikwax-usa.com/en-us/prod...-1&fabricid=-1
    i've used the tent & gear proof in the past, when i had one of those leaky old (shudder) tent floors , but i wouldn't use it for a tarp for just the reasons already talked about (un-even, heavy, etc).
    i believe i remember noticing an increase in weight of the tent after re-water proofing the floor just by picking it up.
    and i remember dirt & stuff sticking to it more after that treatment, even after it had plenty of time to cure.
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