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Old 07-30-2008, 08:34 AM   #1
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Question Seam Sealer

I've been using the same Eureka Sunrise tent for the last three or four years and need recommendations on using seam sealer. As yet I haven't had any leaks but not sure how long that can last considering its age and some of the downpours its gone through. Should seams be sealed regularly, what's the best way to apply, etc? What's the expected lifespan of a moderately used tent like this before considering replacement?
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Old 07-30-2008, 09:20 AM   #2
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We do ours once per year, and have never had problems. Personally I would do it more often than every 3-4 years. Here are a couple of links that might be of interest:

http://www.eurekatent.com/tent_care.aspx
http://www.headbaby.com/getagrip.htm

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Old 07-30-2008, 02:54 PM   #3
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I've used the kenyon seam sealer 3. I got it at wal-mart. seems to work fine. It should definitely last a couple of years once applied.
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Old 07-30-2008, 04:34 PM   #4
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For any one that has a sil nylon shelter, off the shelf seam sealer will not stick to the nylon and will not seal the seams. Mixing GE Silicone II Clear Sealer with mineral spirits or white gas will make a paste that you can brush on the seams.
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Old 07-30-2008, 08:32 PM   #5
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For any one that has a sil nylon shelter, off the shelf seam sealer will not stick to the nylon and will not seal the seams. Mixing GE Silicone II Clear Sealer with mineral spirits or white gas will make a paste that you can brush on the seams.
That's the best method I know.

Note that Zac said "Silicone"

That's important, to know what material your tent is made from. It does affect the sealer you should use.

Please make sure you seal your seams (or waterproof the tent for that matter), well in advance of using it. The fumes are not only toxic, they are highly votile as well and a simple spark from the fire can ignite it.

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Old 07-30-2008, 09:30 PM   #6
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Keeping Zac's and Redhawk's good warning advice in mind:

http://www.hammockcamping.com/Free%2...s/Silnylon.htm
http://www.imrisk.com/seamsealer/seamsealer.htm
http://www.basegear.com/mcnett-sil-net.html
http://www.bdel.com/gear/silnet.php
http://mcnett.baron-co.com/page.cfm?pageID=553

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Old 07-30-2008, 09:57 PM   #7
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It's a good idea to dust the seam with talcum powder after the sealer dries, it eliminates the tackiness and keeps the whole thing from sticking to itself when you pack it.
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Old 07-31-2008, 07:04 AM   #8
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I've had excellent results with the McNett products Seam Grip and SilNet. Seam Grip is almost miraculous. I've run a bead of it over a 6" long tear in rubber boots, then pulled the boots on over my hiking boots for years without the repair failing.

The McNett website had excellent instructions on sealing tents, etc.
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