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Offline Purplejay

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Waterproofing for beginners
« on: May 12, 2014, 10:26:38 PM »
Hi all

My tent, a Gelert Atlantis 4, has now done 4 weekend trips involving either light showers (the first 2) or torrential downpours (the last 2).

I have never done anything in the way of waterproofing and was thinking maybe I should!

Luckily no leaks so far  :)

Any suggestions gratefully received. What do you do / should you do - how often/when - and do you do it?

Thanks.
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Re: Waterproofing for beginners
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2014, 12:05:14 AM »
Nikwax or Fabsil - spray or brush on

or ... pretty much any silicone spray if you're just running across a few seams and zips
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Re: Waterproofing for beginners
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2014, 10:57:44 AM »
Were you influenced by a wet weekend in the Peaks by any chance Purplejay? :-)

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Re: Waterproofing for beginners
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2014, 01:20:42 PM »
I use Nikwax, but it really depends how old your tent is, certainly won't need doing if fairly new.

I have just waterproofed mine after 3 years of having the tent.

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Re: Waterproofing for beginners
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2014, 02:31:38 PM »
I was wondering about this too. I will add it to my To Do list.
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Re: Waterproofing for beginners
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2014, 04:24:43 PM »
Fabsil is easy to apply and does the job. After just four outings your tent shouldn't need doing 
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Re: Waterproofing for beginners
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2014, 05:52:56 PM »
Absolutely Silky  :D

After lying there listening to the wind whistling and rain lashing down I am super impressed with my tent! Not a drip on the inside. Its still wet through though. Am off work tomorrow so hopefully will be able to get it outside.

Thanks guys. Should be ok for this year then. Will get some 'stuff' for the start of next year.



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