Mar 21, 2011 at 9:29 am #1270859
Hi everybody, I just bought the one and need some tips on seam sealing it.Mar 21, 2011 at 10:51 am #1712079
With this material and method there is no thinning or guess work.
Go to your nearest auto parts atore and get one or two tubes of Permatex Flowable Winshield Sealer. At any store of your choosing get some disposable foam rubber brushes anywhere from 1" to 2" in width. I prefer the 1.5" size. It works for me.
You'll be working on the exterior surface of the tent. Set up your tent with the pitch as tight as you can get it in a covered area.
Squeeze out the sealer in small amounts onto the tip of the foam brush and brush it on "sideways" into the seam making sure to cover the thread and any "edges" of the seams. Don't use the "flat" of the brush. Keep the narrow part of the brush in line with the seam. If your brush covers the whole seam rotate it 90 degrees to get into the position that I am describing.
Let it cure for 24 hours. Here is a tip. Don't wait for a dry, low humidity day. The humidity helps the silicone to cure. You don't want it to be raining or dripping wet but 65% and 70% humidity will not harm the process.
If when you have let it cure the seams still feel a little tacky dust them lightly with an unscented talcum powder.
Enjoy your tent!
NewtonMar 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm #1712186
I followed the GG seam sealing tips posted on their blog in February. It's a thinning method that worked well for my purposes.Mar 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm #1712194
.Mar 21, 2011 at 6:04 pm #1712354
Hi guys, thanks for your advice, I bought the silnet from Gossamer Gear, so I guess I will be using mineral spirits to thin it out. I wish I would have known about the the Permatex, I would have bought that and used that instead. Anyway can't seem seal now, have to wait awhile, California is unusually rainy this time of year.Mar 21, 2011 at 7:17 pm #1712399
The Permatex Flowable Windshield Sealant is selling on Amazon right now for $4.49 + $3.73 shipping.
It is probably as cheap at your local hardware or auto parts store. The sales tax will probably be less than the shipping costs.
The Silnet sold for $7.00.
I've done the silicone caulking and thinned mineral spirits method. I have since moved on to the Permatex Flowable Windshield Sealant and will never go back.
Chalk the seven bucks up to a learning experience. Read Jay Ham's article completely on seam sealing before you make your final decision.
NewtonMar 21, 2011 at 9:03 pm #1712448
Thanks John, I will check out the local hardware store auto parts place for the Permatex, and take your advice and use it. Maybe I can keep the Silnet and swap it with somebody. Hate to waste it. Anyway thanks for the advice and happy hiking.Mar 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm #1713556
You're welcome Dan.
Please report back how everything turned out for you.
NewtonMar 23, 2011 at 1:56 pm #1713558
John's suggestion is a good one. That windshield sealant is what I used for my GG The One. Cheap, easy to get (my local autozone), and easy to work with. It's held up well over the last year and a half for me.Mar 24, 2011 at 6:53 pm #1714298
K cool will let you guys know how the seam sealing turns out.Mar 24, 2011 at 7:06 pm #1714302
"K cool will let you guys know how the seam sealing turns out."
That will be great Dan but what we really want are pictures of a happy smiling Dan standing next to his newly seam sealed GG The One tent.
BTW we prefer pictures of you and your tent out on the trail.;-)
Wishing you much success while LOL.
NewtonMar 25, 2011 at 10:05 pm #1714932
Yeah guys I will be seam sealing this weekend and hope to do an overnighter in a couple of weeks. I will post picks. See you guys later!Mar 25, 2011 at 11:09 pm #1714948
@saparisorLocale: Pacific Northwest
Big +1 to Permatex Flowable Silicone. Cut the top at a slight angle and work slowly but steady.Mar 28, 2011 at 6:14 pm #1716283
I just seamed sealed the one a day ago. Everything went well, and I think I did a good job as it was my first attempt at seam sealing. I used the Permatex and it was a little thicker than I thought it would be, maybe it was because it was 50 degrees and raining. Anyway thanks for the tips everybody.Mar 29, 2011 at 7:49 am #1716527
@sixguns01Locale: Somewhere. Probably lost.
I have The One and my friend thought he would help me out. He put some Aquarium Silicon Sealant on the floor to help with grip. I was planning on doing this myself but with Seam Grip. He wanted to thank me for lending him my tent. Will the silicone harm the spinnaker material? Will it rip/tear if I pull it off?
Thanks.Apr 1, 2011 at 7:38 pm #1718719
I can't really answer that question, but spending over $300 on a tent, I wouldn't take the risk on something I wasn't familiar with. I would just use the Permatex, it worked for me. Good luck!Apr 1, 2011 at 9:31 pm #1718754
@saparisorLocale: Pacific Northwest
Just an FYI: Permatex makes several different kinds/formulas of silicone products. The best for seam sealing is the flowable silicone.
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