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    tarps arrived

    Just got the two tarps in and after all the build up... was very happy with them. They are the correct dimensions and after a few slight mods will hopefully work very well. Now i just have to get some fabric and make two hammocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by digitizer101 View Post
    Rain test update...



    Well it leaked and will need to be sealed.
    My GG 12 x 12 2012 leaked not only at the seams but water came through the nylon. I was kind of hoping that the polyester emergency shelter would not leak.

    Sound like the same poor stitching, and I highly doubt there's a waterproof coating on these tarps.

    How do you plan to tape it yourself? Didn't know that was an option.

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    Dang!

    Guess I'll be picking up a few cans of camp dry.
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    Well I tried a Coleman seam sealer with no luck.



    I guess I will have to try something else

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    I have used that coleman brand seam sealer on a few tents in the past, but I always had to do it twice. I think that it is water based, which means it will always have to be re-applied with time. Maybe try another layer of seam sealer... I had better luck with the mcnett seam grip. I treated my GG 11x11 and 8.5x8.5 with the mcnett. I put 2 layers on for good measure, since it leaked in one little spot after 1 treatment. I figured that it would not hurt to put 2 layers on it since the stitching is kind of questionable anyway. Theres always tape too, but I try to avoid that, personally.
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    this jogged my memory...

    The name escaped me earlier, but there is also this stuff... E6000 craft adhesive. http://www.amazon.com/E-6000-237032-...6507683&sr=1-1 It is really cheap at just over 3 bucks for 2 ounces...and seals really well, but it is a solevent (polystyrene, I think)and it stinks for a while. The fumes are toxic while it is drying too. It is THICK, so it can go on thick, and it self levels and dries in 30 minutes or so. I seam sealed a WHOLE FLEET of backpacking tents one day and I think I lost quite a few brain cells from smelling it. It worked well, though. It has no applicator tip, so I cut down the bristles of an old paintbrush, so the bristles were stiff, and I just brushed it on. Here is a link to the specs http://www.gluguru.com/Sealants.htm#e6000

    Has anybody else use this? I looked online and I did not see much about it.
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    Thanks for the reviews and tests digitizer101. I will pass on this one. I would love to have the size so I could stay under the same tarp with my young son. I would probably be fine with a little dampness but if my son got wet it would make for a long night. You just saved me $26 and possibly a long damp night with a winning child.

    I just car camp with him, for now, so I will stick with the cheap yet waterproof HF tarps.

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    Success at last.



    It took some doing but I got it to were it doesn't leak.

    Now it is just a mater of how long the water proofing last

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    Not long, I would think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by digitizer101 View Post
    Success at last.



    It took some doing but I got it to were it doesn't leak.

    Now it is just a mater of how long the water proofing last
    I've always used the McNett product for sylnylon (Seamgrip?) and sealed up the seams in one application and it has been permanent and effective. If the Coleman stuff didn't work too well, maybe you can put an application of Seamgrip on the opposite side for insurance?

    Good luck with your new tarp!

    By the way, I followed the link in this thread to that outdoor bargain place. While browsing there, I found one of the funniest photos I've seen in an outdoor catalog. The model wearing this backpack has it up over his head, with the waist belt around his middle, probably above his belly button.

    http://www.bargainoutfitters.com/net....aspx?a=497299

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