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Seam sealing

Post by middleagedmadness » Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:37 am

Quick question as I've not done it before ,thinking about seam sealing my gatewood as it's a thinner material than the old one ,do I need to dilute the silnet before I apply it or does it just go straight on
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Re: Seam sealing

Post by Bearbonesnorm » Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:44 am

Either will work fine. Just remember less is more as a big thick line will sometimes pull off.
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Re: Seam sealing

Post by middleagedmadness » Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:54 am

Cheers Stu

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Re: Seam sealing

Post by Bearbonesnorm » Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:02 am

Try and work it into the stitching, rather than just laying it on top. The most likely spots for leaks are the end panel tie-outs.
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Re: Seam sealing

Post by benp1 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:14 am

When I did it on my TrAliStar I thinned it down a bit and used a cut down sponge to apply. There's a good technique video from one of the US cottage manufacturers - tarptent or mountain laurel designs maybe?

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Re: Seam sealing

Post by middleagedmadness » Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:54 pm

Cheers Ben just had a quick look at the video ,looks like that's my Friday morning sorted ,just have to keep the dog out of the garden ,the little sh1t eats anything so the Cape and Stu's pole wouldn't be there very long :lol:

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Re: Seam sealing

Post by ssnowman » Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:15 pm

Is seam sealing definitely required?

I was going to try mine without it to see how it fared.
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Re: Seam sealing

Post by Bumpy Jonas » Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:34 pm

I usually try stuff under the hose or something before I seal it sometimes its not required. Sealed a Lux Octopeak and at the start of a 3 month tour it leaked like a sieve. My mistake was using the crap silicone supplied, putting it on thick even though I thinned it a bit,not pulling the seams taught and not working it into the stitching. I think its Tarp Tent that has a good video on how to do it properly. Cheers

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Re: Seam sealing

Post by middleagedmadness » Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:28 pm

ssnowman wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:15 pm
Is seam sealing definitely required?

I was going to try mine without it to see how it fared.
Stu said he never bothered ,but it's 20d fabric ours are 15d so for the time it'll take and as I have a tube of silnet anyhow I don't think it'll hurt , especially before the autumn sets in

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Re: Seam sealing

Post by middleagedmadness » Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:58 am

ssnowman wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:15 pm
Is seam sealing definitely required?

I was going to try mine without it to see how it fared.
Just pitched mine as I was gonna do it today before the rain started :roll: and from inside you can definitely see the holes where they've stitched it so I'm thinking it's definitely a better bet to do it

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Re: Seam sealing

Post by ssnowman » Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:05 pm

middleagedmadness wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:58 am
ssnowman wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:15 pm
Is seam sealing definitely required?

I was going to try mine without it to see how it fared.
Just pitched mine as I was gonna do it today before the rain started :roll: and from inside you can definitely see the holes where they've stitched it so I'm thinking it's definitely a better bet to do it
Thanks. I'd better do mine then!
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Re: Seam sealing

Post by Jurassic » Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:04 am

I seam sealed my Gatewood Cape last night, it was really easy using Silnet diluted with a little white spirit. I've done a few silnylon tents in the past and this was probably the easiest to do thanks to the rear/side panels being all one piece (meaning far fewer seams to seal than usual).

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Re: Seam sealing

Post by middleagedmadness » Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:14 am

Yep done mine yesterday too ,didn't take long ,think I may have over diluted ,but put the hose on and everything is dry inside ,followed Stu's less is more on the basis I can give it a second coat if needed , hardest part was keeping Guinness the staffie from eating the pole and trying to attack the strange looking structure in the back garden :lol:

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Re: Seam sealing

Post by BigdummySteve » Sat Sep 14, 2019 1:44 pm

Probably ought to do my deschutes at some point. Must have about 10 nights in it so far and no rain yet :-bd
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