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Anybody not Seam Seal their silnylon shelters?
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Christopher Chupka
(FatTexan) - M

Locale: NTX
Anybody not Seam Seal their silnylon shelters? on 07/01/2013 11:17:41 MDT Print View

Anybody not Seam Seal their silnylon shelters?

I guess I'm partially asking out of laziness and also not wanting to make a mess of my new Oware mid.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Anybody not Seam Seal their silnylon shelters? on 07/01/2013 11:24:08 MDT Print View

me.

Charles Tufankjian
(ctufankjian)

Locale: New Hampshire
Not seam sealing? on 07/01/2013 11:37:54 MDT Print View

Hmmm, I guess I didn't know that NOT seam sealing cottage sil shelters was an option.

Clayton Mauritzen
(GlacierRambler) - F - M

Locale: NW Montana
Re: Re: Anybody not Seam Seal their silnylon shelters? on 07/01/2013 11:40:31 MDT Print View

I'm far less worried about flat-felled seams. They're pretty good about keeping the water out. Though, I've seen a few small leaks in persistent rain, but nothing that couldn't be managed.

It's the overlap or single seams (like the TarpTent Rainbow ridgeline--I think I named those seams right) that have leaked profusely without sealing for me. And that was just with a water sprinkler.

Dowser Tom
(DaFireMedic) - M

Locale: Southern California
I would.... on 07/01/2013 11:55:03 MDT Print View

I cant say for sure that yours would leak or not, but I can say from experience that its no fun getting out of a tent in a thunderstorm and fashioning a rainfly out of a Space Blanket because your tent is leaking on you through a seam.

Sumi Wada
(DetroitTigerFan) - F

Locale: Ann Arbor
Re: Anybody not Seam Seal their silnylon shelters? on 07/01/2013 12:30:07 MDT Print View

I have three DIY silnylon tarp/tarptents, one of them isn't seam sealed. I've been through a few long rainy nights in it and had no leaks. It's a simple ridgeline tarp, made with a felled seam.

That said, it's really pretty simple to seam seal a shelter. I use an "acid brush" from plumbing supplies and thin the sealant enough so that it's still thick but "brushable." I'm not particularly careful and manage not to "make a mess".
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Oatey-Acid-Brushes-3-Pack-3071020/100204365

Christopher Chupka
(FatTexan) - M

Locale: NTX
I did it on 07/02/2013 14:16:21 MDT Print View

I did it. Henry's Tarptent method, went to Lowes this morning, GE Silicone II and some pain thinner. A cold front has swept thru North Texas and the temps have been in the high 80's for the last few days. I sealed my Oware mid inside and out.

Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: Anybody not Seam Seal their silnylon shelters? on 07/02/2013 18:39:43 MDT Print View

I've used a tent flys similar to the one shown in my avatar for about 35 years. I've never seam sealed any of them and leakage has not been a problem.

I think the design of a tent makes a difference. Steep sloping rain flys and flat felled seams can obviate the need for seam sealing.

Other designs and seams need seam sealing.

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
re on 07/02/2013 19:04:52 MDT Print View

A few drops will never hurt anyone imo.

Michael Ray
(thaddeussmith) - F
Re: re on 07/02/2013 20:36:38 MDT Print View

Where are you in the metroplex Christopher? I'm located up NE of McKinney.

James DeGraaf
(jdegraaf) - MLife

Locale: Bay Area
Seam sealing on 07/02/2013 21:00:01 MDT Print View

I have a couple of hammock flys from Warbonnet Outdoors and he says there is no need to seal the ridge line. So there are definitely times and seams that don't need to be sealed as others have said.
Thanks,
James

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: re on 07/04/2013 13:23:34 MDT Print View

"A few drops will never hurt anyone imo."

Uh, well I guess you have never backpacked in the winter on Vancouver Island then.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Anybody not Seam Seal their silnylon shelters? on 07/04/2013 13:37:55 MDT Print View

I never seal my DIY tents

Pyramid so they have steep walls. Flat felled seams. I have used them in lots of rain in PNW. I camp in winter. Cheap silnylon that's not very waterproof.

Occasionally, in heavy rain, I'll feel a little "misting" which is enough to feel on skin but not enough to get things wet. I could seal with 10 or 20:1 mineral spirits:silicone, but I'm too lazy for not enough gain.

I have a couple velcro strips to hold open door. When I don't seal these, water will leak through and drip onto whatever's below, so I seal thos spots.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Re: Anybody not Seam Seal their silnylon shelters? on 07/04/2013 13:52:09 MDT Print View

Not seam sealing is for the lazy folk.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Re: Re: Anybody not Seam Seal their silnylon shelters? on 07/04/2013 14:02:44 MDT Print View

I'm pretty lazy

and proud of it

especially about tasks that produce no benefit : )

Mark Ries
(mtmnmark) - M

Locale: IOWAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!
Re: Anybody not Seam Seal their silnylon shelters? on 07/04/2013 14:07:13 MDT Print View

Seam sealing.I believe it makes the seams and pull outs stronger. I believe it helps if a thread gets cut or a stitch is not locked not to have the seam come apart as fast if at all it kinda locks the stitch Its really a fast and easy thing to do once you get the hang of it. I'm a believer in silicone and mineral spirits and small foam brushes. I believe in thread drift if its meant to be helpful. From the book of Mark "The man who seals his seams has no fears as the storm rolls in in the mountains" Hallelujah

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Anybody not Seam Seal their silnylon shelters? on 07/04/2013 16:45:53 MDT Print View

When Mark wrote about storms rolling in to the mountains was he specifically referring to the mountains or did that also apply to hills or say bumps on the ground that are not as big as hills but not all that flat either ?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hJQ18S6aag

Randy Nelson
(rlnunix) - F - M

Locale: Rockies
Re: "Anybody not Seam Seal their silnylon shelters?" on 07/05/2013 22:46:31 MDT Print View

"Not seam sealing is for the lazy folk."

I guess that makes Jerry the first lazy MYOG'er. :)

Mike Allen
(michaellea62) - F

Locale: UTAH
Anybody not seam seal their silnylon shelters? on 07/05/2013 23:00:16 MDT Print View

I have two Hilleberg tents and have never seam sealed either of them. I believe their web site states that seam sealing is not required. Frankly that was a little of the reason I purchased from Hilleberg. I have always wondered why their tents don't have to be seam sealed but most others do.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Re: "Anybody not Seam Seal their silnylon shelters?" on 07/05/2013 23:09:58 MDT Print View

"I guess that makes Jerry the first lazy MYOG'er. :)"

LOL