Re: Help! Save Our Tents!
Tim Purdon (tpurdon@MICH.COM)
Sun, 18 Aug 1996 11:58:00 EDT
At 10:51 AM 8/17/96 -0700, you wrote:
>Our troop has a good collection of Eureka Tents, old, but servicable....<snip>
>... We've had the tents repaired (I'll post
>a review of that later, after we've used them a few months, if anyone's
>interested). Now we need to waterproof them. The spray-on stuff is
>rather nasty (odor-wise). I know the wooden deck sealer is not
>recommended for nylon.
>What do you use? Please reply via private mail (email@example.com) to
>reduce list traffic. If I get more than five responses I'll post a
>summary for the list.
>SM, T-56 WDL, P-53 FOX, SR-149
>Ponca City, OK
The alternatives for rewaterproofing nylon tents are about zero. Going
right to the source, Eureka, (http://www.jwa.com) their faq on tents says:
"Can my tent be re-waterproofed?
The average life of polyurethane coating on a new tent is approximately
Currently, there is no way to re-waterproof a nylon or polyester
fabric. A product called Recoat is recommended for touch up areas. This
can be purchased at your local dealer."
Sorry to share this with you but it's been my experience that the above info
is accurate. All of the sprays for nylon that I've seen are only water
repellants and work marginally, if at all, on tents. In a light rain (for a
short period after application) they will work but after only a couple of
outings or in a real downpour they are just not the same as a "waterproof"
coating. Save your money and invest in new tents.
Tim Purdon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City