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    Seam Sealing?

    Just wondering how y'all prep your tarps for sealing the panel pulls. I watched the video on Warbonnet's page and it appears they just have it laying on a table but I've seen others say it's better to have your tarp set up to seam seal. It's about 30F here at the moment so setting up outdoors in any way is pretty much out of the question and I'll more than likely be looking to use it before I have weather that's decent enough to consider doing it outdoors.

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    I think the idea behind setting the tarp up - guying out the panel pull - is to put a little tension on the seam so the goo gets into all the nocks and crannies. You may have to set the tarp up upside down because I believe the seal goes on the underside. For one thing, it’s not exposed to the UV as much there. If you wanted to put some on the outside too, I suppose that’s okay.

    It would be helpful to have someone help. I use a throw-away brush - the kind with a metal handle Ace sells for 99 cents. You are applying the seal to the brush, or tarp seam, and spreading it with the brush. So you want to keep the fabric a bit taut and still put a little pressure on the brush. Just easier of someone can hold the fabric steady while the seal is applied.

    I put a little powder (talc/cornstarch) on it after ti dries to take away any remaining tactiness. Many people don’t. I string the tarp up in the garage - try to give it some warmth to help with curing if it’s cold out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cougarmeat View Post
    I think the idea behind setting the tarp up - guying out the panel pull - is to put a little tension on the seam so the goo gets into all the nocks and crannies. You may have to set the tarp up upside down because I believe the seal goes on the underside. For one thing, it’s not exposed to the UV as much there. If you wanted to put some on the outside too, I suppose that’s okay.

    It would be helpful to have someone help. I use a throw-away brush - the kind with a metal handle Ace sells for 99 cents. You are applying the seal to the brush, or tarp seam, and spreading it with the brush. So you want to keep the fabric a bit taut and still put a little pressure on the brush. Just easier of someone can hold the fabric steady while the seal is applied.

    I put a little powder (talc/cornstarch) on it after ti dries to take away any remaining tactiness. Many people don’t. I string the tarp up in the garage - try to give it some warmth to help with curing if it’s cold out.
    I think you're right about applying tension to the seams, I believe it also stretches the fabric taut so that when setting up in the future you're pulling the fabric and not the sealant but with just sealing stitching on the grosgrain I'm not sure that's relevant like it would be if I were doing a ridgeline or something else right on the sil fabric. I was already planning to use some powder and probably take the time to tape off around the grosgrain before I begin just to keep things neat and pretty

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    I lay mine on an 8 foot table and go at it. Spread it open with dumbbells holding it.
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    The last one I did I just hung between two support posts in my garage, and had at it. It doesnt look pretty, but its waterproof, which was the plan. At least the sealant is clear, so you have to get pretty close to it to see how much got slopped around. HG Journey.


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    I laid the seam inside-up along a long bench in my kitchen. I used full shotgun shell boxes to keep slight tension on the seam every 12-18 inches. Kept it steady and made it easy to do a neat job.

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    Thank you for the responses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shug View Post
    I lay mine on an 8 foot table and go at it. Spread it open with dumbbells holding it.
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    Even though I may resemble that remark, I know for sure I wasn't at your house when you did your seam-sealing. So who are you calling dumbbells?
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    I just did an HG Journey, pitched it inside out and drew the pullouts toward each other to apply the seam sealer while under the sort of tension it would see in use.
    Was cold outside, 3-4c and started to rain just as I got done!!, with some help we carefully hung it indoors and it soon cured.
    Did the ridgeline too, dusted with a little cornflour after.
    Look forward to using it....although now in tier 4 lockdown

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    I have a ramp with 2x4 handrails. I lay them upside down, stretch them about what a set up would be, then seal them. The tarp is stable, the entire length is exposed, and the process takes very little time. I’ve done a few this way with good results.
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