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    Does anyone have experience re-taping the seams on a tent?

    I have an older tent that I use for family camping. Its still in decent shape, but a fair amount of the tape that seals the seams is coming off. I could re-apply the tape with seam sealer, or I could strip off the old tape and apply new stuff.

    You can buy seam seal tape online. Most brands are applied with a warm iron carefully, I can imagine. Can anyone tell me about their experience using this kind of product?

    Thanks

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    Never used the tape before, not sure how it works, but I use 100% silicone diluted with gasoline to make a great seam sealer for tents and such. Cheap, easy, and no leaks thus far.

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    I agree on the silicon. Rub it on both sides of the seams. No need for the gasoline in my experience, though I suppose that would thin it out a bit.

    You don't need to buy fancy seam sealing stuff.

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    The gas thins it out making it much easier to apply, and it looks good when done. Guess you could just use silicone not thinned, but I like to get it into the threads.

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    I bet it penetrates a lot better. What application tool to smooth have you found works best? Do you apply to your tents right after buying or wait till they wear?

    I have a marmot and am very impressed with the factory sealing but I've been thinking about touching it up.

    I put silicon on a previous tent and it held up for five years but the seams did look a bit messy and it was probably thicker than necessary. Did seem to absorb into the stitching though, I think they add a minor solvent to the 100 percent stuff.

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