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    Coated Ripstop Trouble

    I'm attempting to make my first diy tarp. I ordered some 1.6oz ripstop - coated from backwoodsdaydreamer.com. It is almost finished, but I thought of something. One side of the fabric is like regular fabric. The other side feels smoother and looks shiny. My question is, do I need to have the shiny side up to be waterproof or is it waterproof both ways.

    Thanks in advance

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    Check with Scott at Backwoods Daydreamer. He'll know if its coated and meant for tarp use. And which side would be best for water resistance.
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    Every tarp with a one-side-coated fabric that I have ever seen has the coated side down - I think that is so the coating is not exposed as directly to the sun and abrasion of tree-debris, which might cause premature deterioration of the coating. Let the raw fabric take the beating of the rain, falling debris, and sun - and protect the coating.

    But it is waterproof either way.
    Last edited by sclittlefield; 05-12-2011 at 10:08.
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