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    Question Seam sealer?

    What do you guys use to seal the seams on you tarps? Do you use the commercial stuff or is there a better way ..... Thanks! Jason
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    I've used GE silicone and mineral spirits with good success. There are many places on the web that explain how to do it. Check out http://www.sixmoondesigns.com/support/seam.asp for a good start.

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    I also use 100% silicone caulk thinned down with mineral spirits and applied with a foam brush.
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    After moving, my parents found my old air brush. I am wondering if silicone caulk could be thinned down enough to be sprayed by the air brush. It would certainly make getting the sealer into the nooks and crannies a little bit easier and make application a lot faster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by headchange4u View Post
    After moving, my parents found my old air brush. I am wondering if silicone caulk could be thinned down enough to be sprayed by the air brush. It would certainly make getting the sealer into the nooks and crannies a little bit easier and make application a lot faster.
    maybe, but i don't know if spraying would work as well as the back & forth motion of a disposable foam paint brush for forcing the seam sealer into each & every needle hole.

    same thought on "blending" the new silicon w/ the original as the spirits soften the silicon that came on the tarp, blending the new & the old???
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    I've always just hand-smeared silicone straight out of a caulk gun.......Bought tubes from a hardware store, made sure I was outside (after the first time) and just shot a bead straight across the seam. Smeared in by hand, making sure to cover ALL the thread and then some.

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