Aug 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm #1293130
This is supposed to help make fabrics more water repellent and reduce UV damage.
I've sent a request to Nikwax asking if this stuff works for silnylon (not just
PU-coated nylon), but wanted to hear if anyone else has used this (successfully)
on silnylon? The bottle mentioned using 10oz of the stuff for a 2-man tent,
but it I used much less than that on 2 2-man tents (double rainbow and
lunar duo).Aug 19, 2012 at 1:08 pm #1903948
I also wanted to mention this and ask if others have successfully used
this on silnylon…Aug 19, 2012 at 4:03 pm #1903976
I used this product on the surplus philmont tents I purchased this year.
They are not sil-nylon so I can't answer that question for you. But with regards to how much product will go, it took a whole bottle to cover the blue tent in the photo if you click on the photo link.
The product feels like a type of car wax you spray. When you want to do a touch up of your highly polished car, not the wax you put on as a base wax coat.
Probably is the exact same thing from Turtle Wax, just repackaged and sold at a higher price than what you can get at your auto parts store.
Just my humble opinion of the product. Have not had a chance to see how well it "re-proofed" the rain fly but it was easy to apply to the tent.
Just giving you my experience with the product.Aug 20, 2012 at 7:20 am #1904119
Erik BasilBPL Member
I just used the solar proof on two Copper Spur UL's before our Sierra trek this year, mostly to protect the $$ flys from sun. It went on thin and I was able to fully cover and coat a UL2 and a UL4 with one spray bottle (dead empty at conclusion). I thought that the "extra" effect with surface beading would be great, too.
In 14 hours of rain, both flys wetted through by morning, and the UL2 wetted through in a 7 hour stretch the next day (dry start) but neither spontaneously combusted from UV rays. Ho ho. My conclusion is…inconclusive.
I will be talking with the BA folks about what I can do to harden the flys for that kind of rain, however.Aug 20, 2012 at 2:45 pm #1904267
Franco DarioliBPL Member
Silicone is UV resistant.
Use the Atsko stuff, either the spray or the liquid version.Aug 23, 2012 at 2:23 pm #1905397
I had sent an e-mail to Nikwax asking them about their product and silnylon;
here's the reply FYI:
Tent & Gear Solarproof is designed to be used on all tent fabrics, as well as a very large number of other fabrics.
I would recommend washing the tent in Tech Wash first though. Just dilute it 2:1 in water and wash like a car while it’s set up.
This will remove any residues or dirt that is in the fibers, and leave you with a primed surface to waterproof.
Please let me know if you have any further questions.
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