Tents are the most crucial equipment for campers. During camping, adventurers are relying upon these tents because these are preventing them from uncertain weather conditions like rain, snow, heavy winds, etc.
Enjoy their adventure of camping to the fullest, their camps should be good enough in their waterproof ratings to withstand all weather conditions.
A tent with a 2000mm waterproof rating is good enough to endure 2000mm or 2 meters column of water before it starts to leak. If you are planning to go to coastal regions, you must be keeping a tent following that measurement.
However, if you still want to use an old one, you are advised to waterproof it using every possible way lest all of your adventures should be flown away with the flow of water coming into your tent.
Steps For How To Waterproof A Tent
1. First of all, choose a sunny and dry day if possible to start the process of waterproofing so that it may not take much time to dry.
2. Before you start with your work it is necessary to wash each and every side using a water hose.
After it cleans your tent with a cloth so that all of the dust is removed. It is necessary because if you don’t, the layer of waterproofing will be peeled off with the layer of dirt soon.
3. Markets are overflowing with waterproofing products but your spray wisely according to your range. I would suggest Kivi Camp Dry Heavy Duty Water Repellent. It is more durable and doesn’t give a stingy smell like most of the others. A good quality sealant is also needed to seal the seams and other small torn areas .these sealants usually come with applicators.
4. You have three parts of your tent to be focused on in the process of waterproofing. The floor, seams and the rainfly. Most tents come with a separate rainfly so it is suggested to keep it separate while waterproofing
5. First of all, take the floor of the tent and dip it completely in the spray. After taking it out using a cloth piece to spread the layer on all of its sides. leave it to be dried.
6. Seams are to be focused very much because they can become a start-up of leakage during rains. Use a small paintbrush to spread a thick sealant coating over each and every seam. Some people seal the seams only from outside or only from inside but make sure to seal both sides of your tent is worn out. Give it 8 to 10 hours to be dried and then you can apply another coat if needed according to the condition of your tent.
7. Coming towards the rainfly of the tent, this is supposed to be the strongest part of your tent while you are staying in some rainy regions. The only sound of nature that nobody wants to hear is the dripping of raindrops through your rainfly. You may check any leakages by using a water hose and throwing enough water over the roof and see there comes any water inside but Leakage or no leakage, coat a thick enough layer of sealant or waterproof spray over it.
8. Then notice if there are any tears or holes anywhere in your tent. You may need to apply a thick patch and then spread it equally with a brush.
9. Let the tent dry before packing it away.
After taking every step cautiously you may never regret your waterproofing during your camping expedition.