May 22, 2010 at 9:27 pm #1259308
Josh PlattBPL Member
I have acquired some ripstop nylon from a family member. Total surprise that was free, so I decided I would try and make a simple tarp out of it. However, I am completely new to making my own gear. I have sewn before but have no idea what to use as the silicon coating for the tarp. So I am asking for suggestions on what to use.
Thanks and any help is appreciated.May 23, 2010 at 8:09 am #1612742
Josh PlattBPL Member
Thanks for the input. I will probably order some silnylon in the future, but since I got this ripstop for free, then I may as well make a few stuff sacks and try to coat some. Will probably lead to me becoming insanely frustrated but we will see how it goes.
thanks again!May 23, 2010 at 9:09 pm #1613006
David FranzenBPL Member
If it works out for you, please share your experiences here. I'd love to hear about it.Jun 1, 2010 at 12:32 pm #1615736
I have watched Patrick of Kifaru show how to treat silnylon on the seams and this is also how guys treat regular ripstop from what my research shows. He takes silicone, puts it in a container, and adds mineral spirits. He stirs it up until it turns into a "slurry" as he refers to it. Just a real liquid like substance, but not real runny. He then paints it on with a paint brush. Do this while the fabric is taunt and let dry.Jun 1, 2010 at 12:33 pm #1615738Jul 1, 2010 at 3:06 pm #1625432
Don't know how well this would work, because my suggestion is based solely own my own judgement but I have silicone spray lubricant somewhere is my basement. Couldn't you simply use pure silicone in spray form (similar to WD40) to coat your ripstop more evenly than a brushed application?Jul 2, 2010 at 8:54 am #1625702
Kevin BeedenBPL Member
> Couldn't you simply use pure silicone in spray form (similar to WD40) to coat your ripstop more evenly than a brushed application?
Well, the problem with that is that they are two entirely different silicone polymers.
The lubricant is in liquid form, and remains that way, so is likely to leave a silicone oil stain on anything it touches.
The silicone sealant is a different silicone polymer, probably a much longer, or chained molecule, that forms a 'dry' gel when it's set.
Silicon has a similar chemistry to carbon, so forms many complex hydro-silicon (aka silicone) molecules, rather like the hydrocarbon 'organic' chemistry. It's nowhere near as diverse in its range of chemistry as carbon, though.Jul 2, 2010 at 4:55 pm #1625836
Franco DarioliBPL Member
The suggested silicone spray is this type :
"ideal" (according to the label) for nylon,polyester cotton and leather.
(not a lubricant…)
FrancoJul 2, 2010 at 8:15 pm #1625879
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Silicon spray goes on very easily.
Pity it rubs off just as easily …
CheersJul 3, 2010 at 4:57 am #1625932
If you're really keen on coating the material yourself, I'll direct you to the DIY section of the hammockforum(google it).
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firstname.lastname@example.orgJul 5, 2010 at 11:22 pm #1626509
@lilorphanbillyLocale: Montana, MT (Stealth Mode)
Tried the silicone/mineral spirit trick. As a repellent it is the cat's meow. Unfortunately the only weight lost is the mineral spirit. Silicone is heavy. Make sure it is spotlessly clean or the sil will peel. Buy some good spray and treat it regularly (IMHO)
BJJul 6, 2010 at 1:13 pm #1626645
Sam FarringtonBPL Member
@scfhomeLocale: Chocorua NH, USA
Bravo, Franco! The nano-spray at last!
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