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Water Proofing Gear(15 posts)

Water Proofing GearKristin
Nov 1, 2001 10:25 AM
Anybody know how to do this without spraying nasty chemicals on my stuff? Any home made waterproofing remedies out there?
re: Water Proofing GearTrashman
Nov 1, 2001 10:54 AM
Garbage bag.
re: i surrender to the elementsdzrider
Nov 1, 2001 10:56 AM
Years of commuting and touring have convinced me that if I ride in the rain long enough or it rains hard enough I will get wet. Anything that I've used that keeps me dry from the outside makes me sweat so much I may as well dilute it with rain water.

My solution is wool sweaters that I get at Salvation Army, wool leg warmers, and water resistant jackets of varying warmth over the sweaters. The water resistant keeps me dry til I warm up and the sweaters keep me warm when wet.
me too, if it's warm...Js Haiku Shop
Nov 1, 2001 11:47 AM
it's more stressful trying to stay dry, and i get irritated when the water seeps in here and there, so why not just get soaked from the start, you're eventually going to have wrinkly fingers anyhow.

now, when it's cold AND wet, i'll go far out of my way to stay dry, at least at the core.
which gear? :)mr_spin
Nov 1, 2001 11:00 AM
Hey, a little cycling humor.

Are we talking clothing, bags, or shoes? I don't have any home made ideas, but for jackets and gloves, Gore Tex is always a good idea.

It's not cheap stuff, so only buy it if you ride in rain a lot. And in the end, stay out long enough and you'll get wet anyway.
lol - 39x23 of course!Kristin
Nov 1, 2001 11:15 AM
Last year, I picked up a PI Zepher windbreaker for $15 (woohoo!). Its been thru the wash enough times that it leaks like a sieve. I'd like to make it water/wind proof again. I'll check out the gortex...its a spray I'm assuming.
it's a fabricmr_spin
Nov 1, 2001 11:30 AM
...and a dessert topping.

They make jackets, pants, gloves, etc. out of Gore-Tex, because it is water proof yet still breathable. Or so they say.

$15 for a Zepher is really cheap! I'm not sure they were ever meant to be waterproof. There is a product meant to restore Gore-Tex called ReviveX that you might try. Otherwise you can try whatever scotchbrite is called these days. You said you didn't want sprays, but I think that's your only option.
Nov 1, 2001 1:22 PM
Try Nikwax for reproofing fabric that was initially waterproof and breathable.
They are a UK company that specialises in waterproofing all sorts of outdoor gear. I've used their products for years in waterproofing hiking/mountaineering boots & clothing and almost always with great results. In the US I think their stuff should be available in a good outdoors store like Any Mountain or REI.
Nov 1, 2001 2:13 PM
Thanks. This is what I was looking for. As a matter of fact, I need treat my tent too. Do you use the detergent too, or just re-apply the repellant?
Nov 1, 2001 3:15 PM
I've never had to reproof my tent of 5 years, but I would imagine that any detergent would be damaging for the tent. Although not perfect, I'm sure you tent still maintains some of it's water repellency, (sp?), and using detergent to clean the tent would only remove this water repellency. Better to use the repellent only.
Ooops...I meant...Kristin
Nov 2, 2001 6:32 AM
I meant, do you wash your cycling rain gear in special detergent or just use Tide and retreat it when needed?

I would never wash my tent. *Gasp* One should avoid touching the tent as much as possible. Hands remove the protective sealant from the nylon and add biodegradable oils that can mold (ewwwwwwwww). But my tent (5 years old now) is losing some of its repellancy on one wall. I need to waterproof it.
How to clean a tentbikedodger
Nov 1, 2001 3:31 PM
To clean a tent:

Shake the tent out thoroughly, vacuuming the inside of it if need be. Then get a bucket of warm water with a little Ivory soap — no strong detergents — and gently clean the tent with a sponge. Rinse with clean, warm water and another sponge. Carefully dry the tent, then store loosely in a dry place.

For mildew spots, apply the following formula: Mix 1/2 cup of Lysol in 1 gallon of hot water, wash the tent with a sponge and let it air dry. Once it is dry, mix 1 cup of salt and 1 cup of concentrated lemon juice in 1 gallon of hot water. Wash with this solution and let it dry.

Resist the temptation to simply toss the tent into a washing machine. It will take the water-repellent coating off the tent.
It's a tent not a wedding dress (nm)Canada
Nov 2, 2001 12:00 AM
go for the nasty chemicals. 1 can scotchgard=$8. nmJs Haiku Shop
Nov 1, 2001 11:45 AM
Scotchguard ???coonass
Nov 3, 2001 6:15 AM
As long as you don't wash the item; plus this is only a light repellant ....your best bet is to 'bite-the-bullet' for Goretex (or similar) everything else in this world: Quality + Performance = $$$$$