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I'm sorry if this has been asked before.
I have a Snugpack Sasquatch coat (got it at the outdoors show for £40) but I want to re-proof it, what do people reccomend for this as the filling is Softie fibres? :You_Rock_
Wash it first with Nikwax Tech Wash, then proof it with Nikwax Polarproof.
That shoukd get it waterproof, just make sure you tumble dry or hang over a radiator afterwards to heat activate the Nikwax waterproofing - check the garment care label to see which method is best.
While we are on the waterproof thing.
I got a new oz tarp off eBay a few months ago.
Iíve used it a few times but not in any heavy downpours until the weekend gone.
4 days in the Cambrian mountains and it rained hard all day everyday. My tarp started leaking on day one in the middle where the centre loops are attached. Iím a bit gutted Iíve used oz tarps for over ten years and my first one was second hand I still got years of use out of it with no problems.
Having never had to waterproof a poncho/Tarp some suggestions would be great.
Has anyone else experienced this?
Do you think there are some cheap imitations about? Iím sure my last one was a bit bigger too.
IIRC Nikwax do a pump spray for waterproofing tarps and things, can't remember the name. IIRC it maintaisn the breathability of fabrics and doesn't need heat treating, but I could be wrong...
Do you know if they sell it in town shops like Blacks or do you have to order on the net.
The reason i'm asking is that i'm off out again in a couple of days and dont have time to order and I dont really want to get the british poncho out.
If water has seaped through the hanging loops on the underside onto you, then it sounds like water has penetrated the seam. It has dripped onto you via a capillary action. You can fix this by applying a line of Grangers seam sealant to it.
Best fix method: (my experience)
Pitch your tarp on a dry day at a comfortable working height
Apply a continuous thin line of sealant down the seam covering the fabric to left and right hand sides of the stitching
wipe off any excess
leave to dry
Hope this helps
Cheers Sounds good as it's only the seam the Tarp is fine.
Cheers Adi, I knew someone would be able to remember better than me:o):
Yes, you can get it in Blacks I've seen it in my local) and any decent outdoor store.