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Offline alpineH

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products for waterproofing portaledge fly.
« on: March 29, 2007, 01:08:02 am »
Good morning,   I am looking at reapplying some waterproofing to my portaledge fly for another great season.  There seems to be a lot of different products out there and was wondering what you guys have been using.   Thanks
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Re: products for waterproofing portaledge fly.
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2007, 08:59:52 am »
Let me just say I don't know squat about portaledges, but for tent rainflies I've always used seam seal.  Don't know why this wouldn't be the same rule for portaledge flies.

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Re: products for waterproofing portaledge fly.
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2007, 05:13:54 pm »
Seam Seal is what I've used as well. I think that is what Fish recommends on his site.

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Re: products for waterproofing portaledge fly.
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2007, 09:16:07 pm »
right on guys, thanks.  Let me ask the question better though.  what do you use on the fabric not on the seams.  I was thinking something like Nikwax but thought you guys might have something else that was working better.  sorry for the confusion.

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Re: products for waterproofing portaledge fly.
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2007, 11:14:22 pm »
Seam Grip!  It's the duck tape for all things nylon.

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Re: products for waterproofing portaledge fly.
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2007, 11:18:25 pm »
nikwax and seam grip

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Re: products for waterproofing portaledge fly.
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2007, 10:15:30 am »
How about that waterproofing spray stuff?  Oh crap.... drawing a blank on the same.... made by 3m Scotch some-such name. 
It's a fabric waterproofing stuff and goes on like hair spray.
If you have ANY idea of what I'm talking about, I'd try that.

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Re: products for waterproofing portaledge fly.
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2007, 01:39:06 pm »
Scotchgard.

I hosed down the bed of my ledge with it but not the fly.


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Re: products for waterproofing portaledge fly.
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2007, 01:51:39 am »
scotchgard... sounds like a winner.  why did you spray down the bed of you ledge? ...wait I got it.  if you are using the Basic fly then the bottum of your ledge ( the Bed) is exposed to the rain that falls upward instead of down.  and being made from a non coated nylon it would soak right through... right?  or am I just making stuff up? 

thanks for reminding me about scotchgard.

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Re: products for waterproofing portaledge fly.
« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2007, 05:46:19 pm »
Plasti-dip works good for the clip in.  We did some strength tests with Plasti-dip on 1" bartacked webbing loops, and it didn't degrade the nylon's strength at all.  Not certain about long-term, but I doubt it has any weakening effect.

Then, of course shoe-goo or Aqua-seal (better) for the seams.

I can't tell you how many people would call and claim that the waterproof nylon on our rainflys was leaking, then we discovered that they didn't seam seal the fly or the clip-in loop.  Very important!
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Re: products for waterproofing portaledge fly.
« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2007, 06:32:54 pm »
thanks guys,  for all the great advise.  I remember when I first used my fly w/out seam sealing the seams...very wet  night to say the least. 

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Re: products for waterproofing portaledge fly.
« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2011, 10:28:26 pm »
Reanimation CAN be practical, don'tcha think?
Personally, I put EVERY frickin' water shedding thing Known To Man on the Fly.
Oh, yes. More MAY be better. Hey, maybe they'll interreact, or something.
My fly seems pretty bomber. It sheds water, fo' sho'.
I prefer when it's dry, but prepare or die, right? Word.

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Re: products for waterproofing portaledge fly.
« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2011, 12:37:42 pm »
Seam-Seal seems like the proven choice but someone did mention Nikwax. There's several different variations to Nikwax and most require heat to activate. I guess you'd likely need a commercial dryer to get the job done though you may check with Fish, Metolius, BD regarding temp concerns. If you spray Nikwax or similiar on there without heating it afterwards it'll be worse than before and suck moisture in rather than shedding it.

Oh and I used to rep for Grangers, a Nikwax competitor. By Grangers over Nikwax if at all possible. The only thing Nixwax is superior in is name recognition and marketing. It's an outdated formula with not even close performance. That being said it'll still probably get the job done.
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