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  1. #1
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    Default nylon waterproofing

    I have a fairly old (1970's) 2-man nylon tent in perfect condition, except today I washed it and all the waterproofing peeled off the back in areas. Anyone know if one can reapply some sort of waterproofing to the fabric? The floor and ends (A frame) are waterproof. I have a fly that goes over the top that is still in good shape.
    Regards, Barry

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    Holy Cow!! You take your own flies camping with you
    "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." Winston Churchill

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    I coated my 70's vintage Kielty with AquaSeal Polycoat.
    And it did a great job. I just did the rain fly.

    I don't like the actual tent roof to be "waterproof"
    so it breaths.

    Info:

    http://www.aquaseal.com/polycoat.html

    Buy:

    http://www.camping4less.com/product....cific=joimnqr4

    On my canvas cabin tent I've just painted on Thompson's
    water seal and it's works fantastic.

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    Doesn't everyone take their own flies with? I'd sure hate to go to all the trouble of taking all the gear and traveling some distance and not have any flies! That's what the netting is for.
    Regards, Barry

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    That aquaseal looks like the ticket and REI is just down the road a few miles!
    Regards, Barry

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    Barry, dump that 30+ year old technology and get something like this. I moved up last year and the difference is worth it.

    http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___23896

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    Barry,
    I agree with Sundance on not waterproofing the top of the tent. Have you ever noticed condensation collecting on the ceiling of the tent? If so, it is because your body moisture (sweat, breath, etc...) couldn't get out. The point of a rainfly is to solve this. The tent doesn't have to be waterproof with a fly because the fly does all of the work.

    That said, first I use the seam sealer to cover all of the seams inside and out (it is recommended for the inside... it leaves a "glue stain" that doesn't bother me, so I use it outside, too). Then I use those cans of spray tent-sealer on my older flies and around the tent where the fly doesn't cover. The sealers are on the counter at most camping suppliers including wally world.

    I have an old fly (my very first one) from 1986. The treatment still works, but the fly is so full of pin holes and the thread is worn that the treatment isn't the problem now.
    WayaCoyote

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