If you're going to backpack or camp in anything other than dry and warm summer weather, you'll want a tent that's waterproof. Most modern nylon or synthetic fabric tents are built to resist water and snow and will protect well when new. But over time, the waterproofing may begin to break down, allowing water to seep into your tent during inclement weather. A regular program of preventive waterproofing will keep your tent ready for anything the backcountry can throw at it.
McNett Tentsure Fabric Recoat
McNett's Tentsure Fabric Recoat is a water-based spray-on recoating compound with a silicon base. To apply Fabric Recoat, spray the compound onto the tent fabric and then brush it into the fabric with a squeegee or medium-bristled brush. Let the fabric dry thoroughly before using the tent.
Silnet Seam Sealer
While treating the overall fabric of the tent is important in ensuring a dry tent interior, some of the most vulnerable points in any tent for water leakage are the seams where the different panels of the tent are joined together. Silnet Seam Sealer is a silicone-based sealant designed to maintain and improve the watertight integrity of the tent's seams. Silnet comes in a tube and is squeezed onto the seams of the tent and then rubbed in and allowed to dry. It should be applied on a yearly basis to maintain the watertightness of the seams.
A tent that gets regular use outdoors is bound to sustain damage at some point. Small pinpricks and tiny tears provide a conduit for water to enter the tent. It may not seem like a significant problem until a steady drip of water during a rainstorm soaks your sleeping bag. Silfix Adhesive, manufactured by McNett, repairs these small but perplexing flaws. Apply a small drop of Silfix Adhesive to holes or small tears and allow two hours for the affected area to dry before packing the tent.
Article Written By Nichole Liandi
Based in Virginia, Nichole Liandi has been a freelance writer since 2005. Her articles have appeared on various print and online publications. Liandi has traveled extensively in Europe and East Asia and incorporates her experiences into her articles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from West Virginia University.