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  • wendy brown
    Have you asked at the local dry cleaners? I worked at Jarvis Cleaners in Warren, PA and they waterproofed stuff in a huge barrel and then dried it. Would that
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      Have you asked at the local dry cleaners? I worked at Jarvis Cleaners in Warren, PA and they waterproofed stuff in a huge barrel and then dried it. Would that work for a tent? It would certainly be faster.


      ----- Original Message ----
      From: isabel_of_falcons_quarry <HI_it_is_me@...>
      To: scanewcomers@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Sunday, April 1, 2007 10:34:40 PM
      Subject: [SCA Newcomers] It's camping season, almost......question time!

      ok, so last spring I bought a nice big Coleman tent. It worked
      wonderfully and even survived horrible winds (the tent looked like it
      was going to blow completely flat a few times but never did...lol)
      and rain with minimal leakage. We didn't seal it with any products
      last year as it was a last minute replacement for suddenly missing
      old tent. The three or for places it did leak were all along the
      seams.

      Here's the question:
      Should I spray the whole tent and rainfly with some sort of
      waterproofing spray or should I just use some type of sealer for the
      seams? Also, would it work to just seal the spots on the seams that
      leaked or should I do them all?

      I've heard mixed reviews of the spray in that they reduce
      breathability and such. Not to mention the time and money it would
      take to do a tent as big as mine (can comfortably sleep a queen
      airmatress and a twin airmatress with room to spare for
      belongings.. .don't remember the exact dimensions though).

      Next question:
      Can anyone recommend any specific products that worked well for you
      (or any products to avoid).

      Thanks for the help.
      ~Isabel
      North Oaken, Middle Kingdom






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