Mar 31, 2010 at 2:04 pm #1257171
I posted this in the gear forum, but provably here it will be more useful.
Nothing really new, it is that I keep seeing people having problems mixing silicone and mineral spirits so this is an easy and quick way of doing it.
This is a 2 minute video clip :
FrancoMar 31, 2010 at 2:23 pm #1592958
Franco. love the music. Nice video. Could you show us a close up of the job done. I just finished doing my Duomid. It's in the yard being tested as it is raining again.Mar 31, 2010 at 3:05 pm #1592966
This was all done very quickly. One take and it is live video.
I just grabbed some detail from one of the last frames from that video. You should be able to see the sealer trickling down from the paintbrush. It is , at this stage, very runny, about the consistency I use .
I never measure the mix , just go by feel.
Mar 31, 2010 at 3:29 pm #1592970
Franco, I'm sorry, I meant on the tent.Mar 31, 2010 at 4:34 pm #1592987
There was no tent to seam seal. I just did that to show how simple it can be to dilute silicone.
As for why, see , for example, page 2 of the "silnylon misting" thread, my comment there.
FrancoMar 31, 2010 at 5:08 pm #1593002
Thank you.Mar 31, 2010 at 5:29 pm #1593006
Greg MihalikBPL Member
Here is a Spinn seam, with bivy loop stitching at the center. My silicone was about the same consistency as Franco's. I applied it with a syringe. When I flip the tarp over, I can see the silicone has wicked through.Mar 31, 2010 at 6:44 pm #1593026
@ramblerLocale: On the AT in VA
Perfect timing. I am about to go get some silicone for a new GG Spinn Shelter. Never was accurate with the 3 to 1 ratio measuring. Thanks for the video.Mar 31, 2010 at 7:22 pm #1593041
Jared DilgBPL Member
Excellent, thanks for the video! Is it considered a requirement to later powder the seam with talc to prevent it from sticking to itself when packed?Mar 31, 2010 at 8:07 pm #1593058
Some do, I don't. Mine stay up for at least a day and a night ,usually 2 days.
A few years ago i did the whole floor of a BD tent and put that away when I thought it was completely dry. Sometime later I put that up to find that a wrinkle on the floor had stuck to itself.
Unfortunately, having left my brain upstairs , I proceeded to forcefully separate the fabric. I now have a patch on that floor.
So, take your time…
FrancoApr 2, 2010 at 10:35 am #1593545
@herman666Locale: Northern Virginia
If you're short on patience, or have a sore wrist, a slightly bent finish nail chucked in a drill will stir up a uniform batch in a few seconds.
When I first posted this method, a guy said it took longer to get out the drill than it does to mix by hand, and he didn't have the money to spare for a nail. So, depending on your drill storage and financial situation, this may not be the solution for you.
Worked like a charm for me though.
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