Re: Waterproofing Tents
Glenn E Schwartzberg (gschwartz@EARTHLINK.NET)
Tue, 25 Jun 1996 11:00:09 -0400
At 13:52 06/25/96 -0400, you wrote:
>I have had great success in waterproofing a canvas military tent using
>Thompson's Waterseal or the Ace Hardware equivalent. I pitched the tent,
>tightened it up, and put the product on with a paint roller. Until the
>solvent is dry it is quite flamable. [Don't know how flamable it is dry].
>When the solution is wet on the tent, the fumes are quite strong, so you
>probably want to apply the sealer at a time when no one is living in the tent.
>BSA Troop 261
This was discussed on the list a few months ago, and word was that the
people who make Thompson's Waterseal do NOT reccommend it for waterproofing
tents. We also heard of incidents from different people about it making
nylon tents brittle before their time and about everlasting odors. I don't
remember the definitive reccomendation for waterproofing, but I would
contact one of the major camping stores (like REI) or the tent manufacturer
directly for their ideas.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City