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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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    Quote Originally Posted by wayacoyote View Post
    Barry,
    I agree with Sundance on not waterproofing the top of the tent.
    If one uses a fly, doesn't that pretty much imply that the top "roof" area is NOT waterproof? In my first post, I said floor and two ends, not the top. So I agree totally, I will not be waterproofing the top. Sleeping in a sealed plastic bag with water dripping down on you is not my idea of fun.

    My tent goes back to the 70's when quality could be had. I still have the tent, a down winter parka, and sleeping bag all made by Snow Lion.

    http://www.oregonphotos.com/Snowlion1.html

    Barry,
    I have a dream, a fantasy
    To help me through reality
    And my destination makes it worth the while
    Pushing through the darkness still another mile
    I believe . . . I'll still get around to using all my backpacking equipment that never got used much once the kids came along.

    Now I have equipment that is collectible! I still have my Jansport D3 backpack.

    http://k53.pbase.com/g3/39/611339/2/...kandshovel.jpg

    My wood ice ax, Optimus Svea 123 gas stove, etc.

    http://www.qvist.nl/AA%20MEMORABILIA...01970kopie.jpg
    Regards, Barry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    My tent goes back to the 70's when quality could be had.
    Boy, isn't that the truth!! My old Kielty is built incredibly
    well considering it's age. I like stuff that lasts a long,
    long time. Still have my old Eddie Bauer sleeping bag
    (back when they made good stuff).

    Vintage is a "good thing".

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    I have never used "AquaSeal Polycoat", but I'll bet after you "recoat" the bottom and sides you'll still be sleeping in a "bath tub"

    A piece of 4 mill poly INSIDE, under sleeping pad, is cheap "insurance". I always use the same piece until it leaks too

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    I guess I've never had a problem with having a
    waterproof floor. What do you mean by a
    "bathtub"??

    I also always use a ground tarp with either of
    my tents. Saves wear and tear and adds an
    additional vapor barrier.

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    If the floor is truly waterproof there is no problem. I've just never seen one

    >What do you mean by a "bathtub"??
    Go into you bathroom, fill your tub w/ an inch of ice cold water, and place you sleeping bag "on top" of the water. Get in and lie down. "Feel" familar??

    A ground tarp can (and often) trap water between the floor and tarp, causing the best "waterproof" floor to leak. The floor of a tent on a pile of pine needles never leaks

    I prefer the 4 mil poly INSIDE the tent.

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    I've used the Auqua seal product. I did get in a hurry the first time not letting it dry and it stuck together making a mess but the next time it worked fine. I have an old Jansport tent from 1980 and she still does me well when I need a little 2 man tent. REI is an awesome store. A little more comercialized these days but still some quality products. Good luck. Dont forget the Seam Seal for the seams.

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