Feb 11, 2013 at 8:39 am #1299123
I bought a couple of yards of HyVent material and made a rain anorak, intending it to be for around town. Well, it came out pretty nice and much lighter than what I was expecting, so I think I'm going to use it for backpacking. Only problem is that I just threw on a zipper I had on hand and the construction is a zipper box, so it's exposed. Is there anything I can do to make it a little more waterproof? Even if the coil part isn't water-tight, can I paint the fabric part with some sort of seam-sealer? What would you recommend?Feb 11, 2013 at 9:47 am #1953201
you could try putting on some zipper lube and sewing on a hyvent flap over the zipper
what are your thoughts on the hyvent? where did you order it from?Feb 11, 2013 at 10:26 am #1953210
@newtonLocale: Southeastern Louisiana
You might give the clear variety of Permatex Flowable Windshield and Glass Sealer a try. $5.00 at Advance Auto Parts.
Use a "thin" application of the sealer applied with a small disposable foam paint brush on the cloth portion of the zipper. Squeeze the sealant out of the tube onto the width of the end of the foam brush. Then brush the sealant onto and into the cloth portion of the zipper. Work the brush "sideways" (as narrow as possible) while applying the sealant vertically top to bottom on the cloth portion of the zipper. It will help if the zipper is run all the way up and held in tension in some way vertically and horizontally. Think along the same lines as seam sealing a tent.
Work up to the edge of the zipper coil and the HyVent material.
If the foam brush is too flexible it will be difficult to control the application of the sealer. Look for a foam paint brush that is small, less flexible and easier to use.
NewtonFeb 11, 2013 at 2:56 pm #1953292
@scfhomeLocale: Chocorua NH, USA
"I just threw on a zipper …"
Just throw it off, and replace with a WP separating zipper,
unless of course you want to settle for a flap as John suggested.
The WP zips tapes are factory made to high tolerance to join and seal in front of the coil. Not an MYOG project.Feb 11, 2013 at 3:12 pm #1953296
I understand the construction of waterproof zippers and realize that the coil won't really be water tight. Just wanted to make the fabric part of the zipper more water resistant. It's a pullover anorak, so we're only talking 9-10".
Not interested in replacing the zipper or sewing extra stuff on.
I'll give the sealer a try. Thanks.Feb 11, 2013 at 3:16 pm #1953297
>> what are your thoughts on the hyvent? where did you order it from?
Got if from Quest Outfitters. It's a nice fabric, great drape. Very lightweight (hooded pullover anorak is 4.5oz) but probably not all that durable. Breathes well. Haven't had it on in rain yet.Feb 12, 2013 at 10:50 am #1953548
If you rub a little silicone floor wax up and down the zipper teeth, and rub it in well, then clean off the excess, you'll end up with something that's pretty water repellent. It makes a nice zip lube, too.
If you leave too much on the zip, it'll get all over the jacket and elsewhere.
Works nicely on tent zips, too.Feb 14, 2013 at 4:53 pm #1954500
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
Try your garment as is – maybe it's waterproof enoughFeb 14, 2013 at 5:06 pm #1954508
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Be very careful about lubricating the teeth on a zip. The lubricant can catch and hold fine abrasive dust, like fine sand, and destroy the slider.
CheersFeb 14, 2013 at 6:19 pm #1954536
Dissolve/melt some beeswax in glycerin. Ratio I think is 50/50. Brush it into fabric. Old school ;)Feb 16, 2013 at 6:53 pm #1955101
seal sealer, thinned out with toluene..i loaded this mixture into a syringe and ran a small amount on the cloth section of zipper…it wicked into the cloth quickly. just don't go "over board" and slop it into/on the teeth. i'd say 24hours to dry.Feb 18, 2013 at 10:38 am #1955615
> Be very careful about lubricating the teeth on a zip.
That's a good observation, Roger. I guess because I clean off almost all the polish, I've not had problems with this. Either that, or the gear collection is so vast that it never succumbs to this long-term usage problem before it gets replaced (yes, I'm a terrible gear whore).
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