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    tarp sealer

    When sealing a diy tarp what should i do while the sclicone is dryign to keep trash from sticking to the tarp?????????
    It's not the fall im scared of, it's the sudden stop at the end!!!

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    Keep it out of the trash can?

    Seriously though: Put it in a clean room? I have seam sealed a couple tarps and never had a problem with "trash" getting in the sealer.

    Sean

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    1. clean place is a good suggestion- if you can manage this, this is an inside job- the catch is you need to be able to stretch out the tarp like it's hung up...
    2. only use as much silicone as you need- you don't need a bead of the stuff, just enough to fill the needle holes (thinning with mineral spirits is good) - it will dry quicker.
    3. once it's tacky, (so mostly dry) use talc to stop it sticking to itself if you need to move it before it's completely dry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by titanium_hiker View Post
    1. clean place is a good suggestion- if you can manage this, this is an inside job- the catch is you need to be able to stretch out the tarp like it's hung up...
    2. only use as much silicone as you need- you don't need a bead of the stuff, just enough to fill the needle holes (thinning with mineral spirits is good) - it will dry quicker.
    3. once it's tacky, (so mostly dry) use talc to stop it sticking to itself if you need to move it before it's completely dry.

    TH
    so can i use talc on the whole thing when i dip it in the sealing bath
    It's not the fall im scared of, it's the sudden stop at the end!!!

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    I believe seam sealing was assumed. If you're asking about applying silicone to an entire untreated ripstop tarp to make it waterproof, then your options would be to do it on a windless day or do it indoors....in other words...keep it out of the trash.

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