How To Make a Cotton Canvas Tent Waterproof
If you know how to do this and know what you can expect when the work is done, then how to make a cotton canvas tent
waterproof is possible. The exterior of the canvas tent needs to be waterproofed regularly because the sun's ultraviolet rays will destroy this protection.
One of the most common mistakes in the waterproofing process of cotton or canvas tents
is to use a plastic-containing material as the final coating after the paint dries. This does prevent rainwater from seeping into the canvas, but it also prevents rainwater from breathing. When the canvas support is occupied, moisture will accumulate in it. This must be expelled. If the tent is covered with plastic, this will not happen. In addition, it is not easy for fresh air to enter the tent. Because this kind of condensation will form inside the tent, the items will become damp.
The waterproof requirements of canvas tents, while not sealing the holes between the fibers is a trick that is not easy to complete unless you know what you are doing. To do this, you need to apply a waterproofing agent to the canvas. This can be achieved mainly in two ways. Oil repels water, as do wax and soap. The choice you use will determine its duration and the waterproofness of your cotton tent.
The term oilskin is a bit misleading. This is a waterproof technology that uses paraffin to make the cotton material waterproof and repel moisture so that the cotton fiber will not absorb it. Because both paraffin wax and cotton are natural materials, this process takes a while, usually once a year, to provide the rain protection you need. Before the invention of modern synthesis technology, this waterproofing process had been used for centuries.
Canvas preservatives can also be used. This is a solvent-based waterproofing process that requires the topcoat to be completely dried after application to achieve a complete waterproofing effect. You will know when it is dry because the area where the liquid is applied is no longer sticky to the touch.
The seams of the tent are where water can penetrate, even the best waterproof tent. These seams can be waterproofed with silicone sealant. The best type of this sealant should be the flexible type so that the tent can be folded up without damaging the sealant in the seams.
Another suggestion is that the canvas tent must be dried before packing. This will prevent mold and mildew from growing and damaging the integrity of the canvas. Finally, never use a washing machine to wash your canvas tent. This will remove all waterproof material and will cause your tent to leak unless it is reapplied with waterproofing material for it is used on your next excursion to the woods.
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