Coating Ripstop Nylon
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Josh Platt
(EasternBox) - F

Locale: Southeast
Coating Ripstop Nylon on 05/22/2010 22:27:08 MDT Print View

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.

Javan Dempsey
(jdempsey)

Locale: The-Stateless-Society
bzzp. =\ on 05/23/2010 00:32:20 MDT Print View

If you're really keen on coating the material yourself, I'll direct you to the DIY section of the hammockforum(google it). As people there are persistent enough to try and make their own silnylon out of uncoated ripstop.

Personally, I recommend you bite the $3 bullet(per yard), and order some fully functional 1.1oz silnylon ripstop from noahlamport.

If you do go the coat it yourself (CIY?) route; Good luck man!

Josh Platt
(EasternBox) - F

Locale: Southeast
RE: on 05/23/2010 09:09:40 MDT Print View

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!

David Franzen
(dfranzen) - F

Locale: Germany
Re: Coating Ripstop Nylon on 05/23/2010 22:09:05 MDT Print View

If it works out for you, please share your experiences here. I'd love to hear about it.

Don Miller
(UlTipiGuru) - F

Locale: IOWA
silicone and mineral spirits on 06/01/2010 13:32:01 MDT Print View

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.

Don Miller
(UlTipiGuru) - F

Locale: IOWA
here ya go on 06/01/2010 13:33:46 MDT Print View

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zd5mwn0NgU

Luke Houseman
(Prblysolid) - F
Alternative Method for Coating on 07/01/2010 16:06:14 MDT Print View

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?

Kevin Beeden
(captain_paranoia) - F

Locale: UK
silicone and silicone... on 07/02/2010 09:54:23 MDT Print View

> 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.

Edited by captain_paranoia on 07/02/2010 10:08:25 MDT.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Coating Ripstop Nylon on 07/02/2010 17:55:03 MDT Print View

The suggested silicone spray is this type :
silicone spray

"ideal" (according to the label) for nylon,polyester cotton and leather.
(not a lubricant...)
Franco

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Coating Ripstop Nylon on 07/02/2010 21:15:46 MDT Print View

Silicon spray goes on very easily.
Pity it rubs off just as easily ...

Cheers

SPAM
(tianyaguke)
what should do on 07/03/2010 05:57:39 MDT Print View

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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bj bretzke
(lilorphanbilly) - F

Locale: Montana, MT (Stealth Mode)
DIY Silicone coating on 07/06/2010 00:22:15 MDT Print View

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)
BJ

Samuel C. Farrington
(scfhome) - M

Locale: Chocorua NH, USA
Sprays on 07/06/2010 14:13:58 MDT Print View

Bravo, Franco! The nano-spray at last!
Sam