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    Well, I'm late getting ready to hunt and went to put on my Kelty 2-person tent from Barney's. The floor and vinyl is sticky, like it has a glue or sugary feel. It's been put up for a few years.... How best to clean? And how to keep from getting sticky again. Almost unusable in current condition.
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    Not sure how to clean, maybe hot water and soap. Is it possible that youspilled some insect repellent last time you used it? That stuff does nasty work on plastic or vinyl.

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    Try wiping down with isopropyl alcohol. If it was insect repellant it has brought the plasticizers to the surface and the IPA take care of it.


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    I'd pitch the tent in the backyard and hit it with the water hose and leave it up until it dries. It would also make it convenient to inspect the fabric and make sure you're not missing any accessories.

    You could even Scotch Guard it prior to packing for your trip.
    Now what ?

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    Your tent has a Polyurethane coating on the floor to make it waterproof. PU has some inherent problems and one of them is durability, especially in hot conditions and when it comes in contact with solvents (bug spray, etc). Your PU coating is breaking down and there is nothing you can do to save it. My North Face tent did the same thing and it is toast. This is why you always by Gore-Tex clothing and footwear b/c everything else that isn't GT is PU and the same thing happens to your clothing that is happening to your tent. Unfortunately, they don't line tent floors with GT. When you buy your new tent be sure to keep it in a cool and dry place. I recommend hanging the tent up rather than stuffing or rolling it back into it's storage bag. This will help you extend it's life significantly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDMccay@mac.com View Post
    I recommend hanging the tent up rather than stuffing or rolling it back into it's storage bag. This will help you extend it's life significantly.
    In a word: Bingo.

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    Thanks. The PVC deterioration seems likely candidate. Hope to get this year out of it as it is not brittle. Coated with babypowder helped. Nothing else got rid of th sticky. Looks like I will be in the market for a 2-person tent next season.

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    That sucks that you have to buy a new tent, but look on the bright side... you get to buy a new tent! Check out Big Agnes tents. The word is these guys make great tents for climbers, etc, but many of them hunt too. I've never used their tents but a friend of mine in Steamboat Springs has and he also hunts with some of their developers. He loves their products and he is pretty hard on his equipment.

    http://www.bigagnes.com/store.php

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    Don't believe everyone that has told you your tent is ruined. You "may" be able to save it. Here is the only possible treatment for the problem of old age softening of polyurethane coatings which is why your tent is sticky. Carefully separate fabric layers if they have 'blocked' together. It may not be possible to do this without some coating damage. Set your domestic iron on cotton, non-steam. With a piece of clean photocopy paper (80gsm or heavier) always between the iron and the fabric, work carefully over all the fabric. Keep moving to avoid excessive heating. Ironing will harden the coating and drive out moisture. If parts of the coating are damaged or missing (hold the fabric up to the light to see this most easily) it is possible to smear Seamgrip® over these areas. If they are extensive this may not be practical. Whether you Seamgrip or not, finish by spraying the coated face of the fabric with a silicon or Teflon based water repellent. Your specialist outdoor store will have a suitable product. As you should always do, store the tent unrolled, coated sides out to minimize self contact.

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    Hello there, I am writing from Gear Aid™. Your tent floor urethane coating is definitely deteriorating. Seam Grip is a solution to repair small areas, but in your case, Tent Sure™ is our recommendation. It is a concentrated urethane formula able to cover up to 85 square feet per bottle. Learn more tent repair tips here - http://www.mcnett-outdoor.com/Repair...Tents/220.aspx If you have any questions in the use or application of these products, let us know. You can contact us a www.mcnett.com.

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    Note for those searching out this old thread: PVC (vinyl) and PU (urethane coating on nylon) are two completely different materials, requiring different treatments. They've been mixed up in this thread.

    I agree with jusdane, but make sure the hot iron only touches the paper, otherwise the PU will melt all over your iron, and possibly your ironing board. Also make sure you have good ventilation!

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