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    Ironing Sil-Nylon

    I am about to start on a new tarp however, I've had the sil nylon awhile and its fairly wrinkled. I would like it to lay flatter before I try to mark the pattern.
    So -- Ironing SilNylon -- Good idea or bad?

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    iron silnylon

    Start with the coolest iron setting, and work up to what takes out the wrinkles. Be careful, I've ruined some pieces by having the iron too hot. (ripstop also)
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    If you have room, another option might be to lay it out, spray/mist it with water until it flattens, and let it dry....

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    I'd normally vote with RootCause on this one, but I would think it won't work with sil, since the moisture will never actually touch the fabric.

    You might try a hair dryer first, as that will let you heat up the material and smooth it out with maybe a book or something heavy, without risking melting the silicone or fabric.

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    I iron it all the time, just set it as low as it will go and rock out. Works good for setting a fold also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frost View Post
    I'd normally vote with RootCause on this one, but I would think it won't work with sil, since the moisture will never actually touch the fabric.

    You might try a hair dryer first, as that will let you heat up the material and smooth it out with maybe a book or something heavy, without risking melting the silicone or fabric.
    Sounds right, but all those people who complain about sil-nylon stuff getting all saggy after it is rained on can't be totally wrong. I have also heard people complain that they get a slight bit of spray through a sil-nylon tarp in heavy rain.

    I'm no expert, though. I have exactly one piece of gear made of it, and have never used it overnight.
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    Cool thanks for the help. I''ll give it a try tonight

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    DavyRay, if spray makes it through, usually the quality of the sil is a bit off. This usually means either the fabric is very thin, or the coating is a bit light.

    As for sag, there's no such thing as perfectly hydrophobic coatings, so it's bound to hold on to a little moisture in the form of small droplets stuck between fibers or on the surface. Any added weight will cause sag. That probably won't do much to help with killing wrinkles though, as the fiber itself shouldn't be saturated.

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