I notice that most of you that have tops have a canvas top. What sealer do you use? In the past I used Thompson Water Seal on my wall tent, worked well, but I had to leave it up for days to dry and get the strong smell out. I’m seeing Canvak and Protectant 303 Marine Fabric Guard protectants, are these suitable sealers and if you use them do they have a strong smell? Are there better products out there?
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btinsc, This is the stuff I use. I love it. Dries within 6 hours, dry to touch within 1 hour. water just beads up and runs off. I use a small garden sprayer to apply it. Or a small paint brush. I did a 16 x 16 wall tent with two and a half gallons. Also did my boonie hat. Now my head stays dry in a hard rain.
I used this on my wall tent and on the canvas on my horse drawn covered wagon. The smell is not strong and dissipates as it dries. Some don't like the odor of Canvak, I'm not one of them-I love the manly scent and use it as aftershave before a hot date..
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Bill, a quart of Starbright would cover your top and doors with a little to spare. I used Canvac on a canvas tent and it caused more leakage than it sealed. Guess I'll give the rest to Muley for his dates. Starbright self promoting labeling says it should be good for years, depending on exposure. I suppose you could read that to say if you keep it in the garage and don't expose it then it will last for years. I've just put it on my large wall tent so I'll let you know in a couple of years how it's doing. I expect it to do well turning the rain away for years.
Thanks again for the info Mike. Being a new top only the seams are leaking and I was going to use a seam sealer. But I don’t want a two tone effect so I will do a complete treatment. Thanks again for the replies.
Just courious who made your top. My cab didn’t leak very much in the Black Hills last year. I seasoned it like I did my Canvas tent. My canvas tent I was instructed to soak it to season the tent. It leaked on the inatal soaking and didn’t leak a drop in the monsoon we had on the Black Hills Run last year. It’s been rained on since and don’t leak, just a thought.
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Beachwood. The leaking seam is the one down the center of the top. Not bad, drips. Instead of doing only the seams I plan to do all the top. If there’s a noticeable color change I will do the curtains and doors also. My old, 1967, 12x14 wall tent has stood the test of time. Never leaked, except when a falling tree branch put a small hole through it, always applied a coat of sealer every few years
Too bad someone doesn't make one of those little Christmas tree things that smells like the original canvas smell. When my Beachwood top arrived that's the first thing someone would commit on; it launched some great memories.
Yeah I always liked the smell of canvas, spent a lot of time living under canvas, in both military and civilian life. Once had a 15x32 military tent some guys and I acquired. We. built a wood floor, installed a wood cook stove and wood heater, it had two smokepipe holes, three double bunks, quite the fishing and hunting camp.
Yup, spent a lot of time in the old GP medium tents. Lots of room, but no windows. You couldn't see what was going on outside unless you looked out the door. I like the newer Army frame tents because they have big windows, and I think they are easier to set up and take down. Any of those Army tents will last a long time with just a little care when they are put away. And having the stove jack's built into the roof make it so easy to add a stove. I like using my frame tent for elk hunting camp. If the weather gets nasty I can stay inside and look out the windows with a hot cup of coffee, and feel the heat from the stove warm me all over. And with the canvas sprayed with Starbright, I know that there won't be any leaks.