Canvas Tent WaterProofing Product?

Submitted: Monday, Jul 07, 2003 at 10:10
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I have been given an almost new canvas tent which needs to be waterproofed. Can someone recommend a good waterproofing agent, either spray or brush on, and any hints, tips, tricks etc will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
Jack
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Reply By: macca - Monday, Jul 07, 2003 at 11:55

Monday, Jul 07, 2003 at 11:55
Jack, Keep away from all those waterproofing agents. The best way to waterproof any canvas is to wet it. Put your tent up and hose is thoroughly. Do this about 3 or times and keep checking inside the tent for drips etc. Let it dry thoroughly and you have waterproofed your tent.
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Follow Up By: Martyn (WA) - Monday, Jul 07, 2003 at 20:47

Monday, Jul 07, 2003 at 20:47
Jack,
I agree with Macca, I was told this exact same story, forget the waterproofing agents, soak the tent and let it dry. If this is the same Macca I agreed with in another thread, this isn't a nodding dog syndrome developing here.........lol I've taken my camper trailer to some wet spots and the only leaks have been caused by myself touching the canvas when it was wet, other than that "drizabone". Keep the shiny side up
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Follow Up By: macca - Tuesday, Jul 08, 2003 at 13:32

Tuesday, Jul 08, 2003 at 13:32
Hi Jack (no pun intended)
No I'm not the same Macca, seems like there are a few of us Macca's around on this site.
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Follow Up By: Luke - Wednesday, Jul 09, 2003 at 21:36

Wednesday, Jul 09, 2003 at 21:36
Yep, we have a Southern Cross tent, completely waterproof with no other treatment other than hosing it down in the back yard and letting it dry completely. Apparently this makes the seams tighten up and keeps it all waterproof.

Been in a few downpours already and the only water in the tent has been from out wet feet when we come in :-)

Cheers,

Luke.
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Reply By: bruce.h (WA) - Monday, Jul 07, 2003 at 14:18

Monday, Jul 07, 2003 at 14:18
Jack
solver paints do a brush on silcone sealant which shoul do the job
Regards Bruce
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Reply By: Mick - Monday, Jul 07, 2003 at 23:54

Monday, Jul 07, 2003 at 23:54
The canvas will most likely be proofed already Jack. Southern Cross tents are made from a Wax converters canvas which is "DynaProofed" - whatever that is!!I've only ever had to use a seam sealer (liquid) on seams on a Southern Cross centre pole that wouldn't stop leaking at the seams in downpours. It's OK now after applying the sealer - stood up to a week of rain in Sydney and the same in Byron Bay without a drop.
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Follow Up By: macca - Tuesday, Jul 08, 2003 at 13:38

Tuesday, Jul 08, 2003 at 13:38
Mick.
Our tent is a Southern Crosss tent with a centre pole although we use the side poles more often than not. When we purchased it 2 years ago they provided us with a brochure on waterproffing canvas. We followed those instructions and wet it thoroughly till it stopped leaking (4 days watering and one night in the rain. Let it dry thoroughly and haven't had a worry in all the times we have used it including some doozy rainfalls.
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Reply By: Hardy - Tuesday, Jul 08, 2003 at 16:05

Tuesday, Jul 08, 2003 at 16:05
My tent was water proof untill I applied a water proof agent!!! I used a silicone spray
Cheers
Hardy
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Reply By: Jack - Tuesday, Jul 08, 2003 at 16:37

Tuesday, Jul 08, 2003 at 16:37
Many thanks, folks ...
Looks like a good soaking is the best idea. Appreciate all the helpful advice.
Jack
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