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Seam Sealer?

Question:
I'm the proud owner of a brand new Walrus Swift tent. I'd like to know your thoughts on seam sealers. Should I seal the seams? Which seams? Can you recommend a brand of seam sealer? Any other tips or caveats on using seam sealers?

Thanks,
Mark

Answer:
Mark,

I tried to get a response from Walrus with their recommendations, but my contact is out through the end of April.

I've used the Swift-a good tent, by the way--in wet weather before without seam sealing and had no problems. Despite that success, I'd still recommend sealing some of the seams. The main seams to seal are on the rainfly. You can also seal the floor seams, if they are not taped already. (I don't have the Swift any more to check the floor seams for tape). Seam tape is a clear-plastic-looking tape that they overlay on the seam before stitching. The tape fills in around the stitching to seal the holes made by the thread.

Seam Grip is the most widely used and available sealer. It is inexpensive and works very well. The only caveat is to use it in a well-ventilated area. I recommend against using your garage, as the smell is strong and can filter into your house. You'll want to set up the tent and apply the tape on a clear day, preferably without much wind, which could blow dust in to the sealer.

Steve Mann
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