HOW TO WATERPROOF RIPSTOP CANVAS

Ripstop nylon is a popular waterproof material used in many outdoor and camping gear due to its durability and lightweight nature.

However, if it is not waterproof, it can quickly become a problem in wet conditions. Thankfully, there are several ways to waterproof ripstop nylon to protect it from rain, water, and other moisture.

One effective way to waterproof ripstop nylon is by using a product called Canvas Revive. This product is specially designed to restore and waterproof fabric materials, including ripstop nylon. It is a water-based product that is easy to apply and does not contain harmful chemicals.

To use Canvas Revive, you will need the following materials:

  • Canvas Revive
  • A clean sponge or brush
  • A hose or spray bottle with water

Here are the steps to waterproof ripstop nylon using Canvas Revive:

  1. Clean the fabric: Before applying Canvas Revive, make sure the ripstop nylon fabric is clean and free of any dirt or debris. Use a damp sponge or brush to gently clean the fabric and let it dry completely.
  2. Apply Canvas Revive: Shake the Canvas Revive bottle well and pour some of the solution onto the sponge or brush. Apply the product evenly to the ripstop nylon fabric, making sure to cover the entire surface.
  3. Let it dry: After applying the product, let the ripstop nylon fabric dry completely. This may take a few hours depending on the temperature and humidity.
  4. Test for water resistance: Once the fabric is dry, test it for water resistance by spraying it with water or exposing it to rain. If the water beads up and rolls off the fabric, then it has been successfully waterproofed.

Alternative ways of waterproofing ripstop canvas

Alternatively, there are other methods to waterproof ripstop nylon that do not require using a specific product like Canvas Revive.

One common way is to use a waterproofing spray that can be found in most outdoor and camping stores. These sprays typically contain a silicone-based formula that creates a waterproof barrier on the fabric.

To use a waterproofing spray, follow these steps:

  1. Clean the fabric: Just like with Canvas Revive, make sure the ripstop nylon fabric is clean and free of any dirt or debris.
  2. Apply the spray: Spray the waterproofing spray evenly onto the ripstop nylon fabric, making sure to cover the entire surface. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to apply the spray.
  3. Let it dry: After applying the spray, let the ripstop nylon fabric dry completely. This may take a few hours depending on the temperature and humidity.
  4. Test for water resistance: Once the fabric is dry, test it for water resistance by spraying it with water or exposing it to rain. If the water beads up and rolls off the fabric, then it has been successfully waterproofed.

Waterproofing ripstop nylon is an essential step in protecting used or old tents from the elements.

Whether you choose to use a specific product like Canvas Revive or a waterproofing spray, make sure to follow the instructions carefully and test the fabric for water resistance before using it in wet conditions.

With proper waterproofing, you can ensure that your gear stays dry and functional for some years but do not expect that a DIY waterproofing job will last as long as factory waterproofing.

Also, keep in mind that successful canvas waterproofing is heavily dependent on the quality and condition of the material.

Read our earlier article about how to make a tent waterproof.

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