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Waterproofing a Poncho

Waterproofing a Poncho

harab a this correct cuddle from nature line school in this particular video here today we're going to tell you and show you how to gain some added life to any military poncho or tarp that you might have if you're utilizing Tarson Poncho's they'll often time have come with a coating on them that's made out silicone and that silicone coating wears off so basically we're going to show you what you can do for that there's any number of products out there that are available to you and you can go to backpacking stores and get this type of product which is basically a silicone spray or gel and oftentimes that'll be pretty expensive so just go to a discount store or a hardware store and you'll find the same thing basically in the paint section and sometimes you'll find it in the outdoor section but basically this particular case and I've used several of these and they all basically work the same way I've got a Scotchgard outdoor silicone water shield and I'm not I'm not selling this product I'm just telling you this is one that you can buy basically what you want to look for is something that doesn't have a high flammability content to it and then that way once you put the silicone gel on it you want to if you get close to the fire you don't want it to catch fire and so some of these silicone sprays will have a high flammability content to it so you want to stay away from those I also look for stuff that recommends they only put one coat I usually put two coats anyway but one of the best things you can do is find one that only requires one coat because it should sink in a little bit better so your first order of business is to get your tarp lay it out in a place where you want to get a lot of direct sunlight to it I picked this field a lot of people do this in their driveway because they can keep it real flat but I find a little bit easier do it out here basically I've staked it down on all four corners and then I'm just gonna go down the tarp and spray this silicone spray on it and cover it up as best I can what's going to happen in the Sun is going to help to heat up the tarp so that it soaks it in and in that way the whole material is impregnated with it rather than just a coating on the top so it's taken me only a couple of minutes to get half of it done what you want to do is take good care right around the hood so I spend a lot of time because this is obviously what's going to be covering their head I spent a lot of time spraying down the hood particularly right along the seams to make sure that those seams are covered really really well and then move on and just like that I have a fresh coat a silicon on this tarp and basically this is a military poncho so I spent a lot of time around the seam around the hood made sure that I put a lot of silicone around the edge to help preserve the buckling system and the snap system on this poncho and now basically all I need to do is sit here and let it dry so the time it takes to dry the silicone that's on this poncho varies depending upon the product and so follow the directions on the back of the can but basically from experience this is going to take just a little less than an hour depending upon the weather if it's really hot if I was doing this in the summertime it would be even faster but where it's cool out here but it is getting direct sunlight still going to work so make sure that you get any type of product that has silicone in it because that's going to serve to be the best barrier for rainwater the last thing that I want to add is that basically the products are virtually the same but what you get when you get a name-brand product is like in this case Scotchgard which is a well-known name is not necessarily that you're gonna get the best silicone treatment you can get the same silicone treatment out of a another can actually you're probably getting the same exact stuff in another can but what you do get is the research and development that they've put into the nozzle and so brand like Scotchgard has a lot of effort and money invest in making sure that when you spray that it continues to come out a no-name brand doesn't have all that research and development so they go with the least possible least expensive nozzoli apparatus and sometimes they get clogged up real easy and so it has been my experience thus far that you should use a device that that is a name brand because of nozzoli okay so basically between this and the other cane that I bought to try out I use this I've used this several times but the other can I have it there's only like 40 cents difference in the whole can and so it's worth my effort to get the one that's going to spray the whole time and not clog up on me the other one clogged up on me before I got halfway done with the poncho so I hope that helps you to preserve some of the Poncho's in the tarps you've seen me utilize army Poncho's on a very regular basis I've also got several the Dan's Depot tarps that I utilize that I bought from them over the years and some of them they've given to me to try out different different models of each quite frankly they've got the same silicone treatment on them and I've never had to redo one of my Dan's Depot tarps and I've had them since 2008 and so they get used a lot and so those are really good tarps to buy another method that you can go about getting tarps and impregnating them on silicone is you can buy a liquid solution that you don't have to spray and you put it in a bucket and you soak the poncho down in the bucket and let it and pregnant the entire fabric of the poncho and in that manner when you pull it out and hang it to dry it gets impregnated all the way through and so that's a fantastic method to utilize too and if we have time I'll probably do that in the near future in my opinion that's best to do in warm weather so that the solution that is in the bucket is warm so we'll we'll take our time and do that again in the summer this year when we've got more sunlight and warm weather on this real quick methodology on how to impregnate silicone onto your military poncho your useable tarp and I hope you enjoyed it keep in mind that these are tarps that will accept silicone some of your more plastic variant type tarps won't it'll just sit on top of it and as soon as the tarps folder that won't it won't take so you want to get usually I use ripstop tarp material that's what's in these military ponchos and that's in the ones that I helped design for dans Depot so those will help accept the silicone a lot better than something that's just made of a hundred percent plastic with that said again thanks for being here we appreciate it and hope it's helpful if you appreciated the information that's provided here then please consider subscribing to our Channel we really appreciate that obviously that helps us out and that'll help us continue to give out and offer you free advice and information whenever we can if you liked the video give us a thumbs 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Reader Comments

  1. Well I did bought my poncho tarp from Wish. I always wanted the poncho tarp for my everyday carry. However, when it came in and I tested the product during the rain I got wet and my mom told me to wash the poncho before because of the odor. But when I got all wet, I noticed my head got wet not my body. Well it was a worst day for me, my questions are; do you have a correct way of using military poncho? I mean its chinese made but its better cheap than one in the amazon and ebay.

  2. got a hazard 4 poncho villa poncho its good but after walking in the open 45 mins or so in a steady rain, its did start to absorb and leak at the seam… I was going to try nikwax, thougthts? I love the thing…

  3. Ever have a military poncho develop white patches/residue over the material?

    i bought what i'm pretty sure is a genuine military poncho used locally, and I was dumb and threw it in the washing machine. It came out with this white residue over much of the OUTSIDE of the material. I figure it must be the old silicone. It wasn't waterproof before I threw it in the wash, so maybe this was just the worst of it finally cracking and coming off?

    I bought nikwax spray which is meant for tents and such, but I dont want to go using a bottle on the poncho if this white stuff is going to get in the way of reproofing it.

  4. I thought this would be boring because what is there to spraying a tarp but I was surprised. One thing that I took away from this video should ultimately help me save money. That tip was about the research and development behind the spray devices. That makes a lot of sense and it drives me crazy to know there is still something in a can that won't come out. Another really helpful video.

  5. I have to say that I always look forward to you putting out videos. watching all of these survival/camping channels on YouTube, you're one of the better teachers. And what I like about your videos as apposed to Dave Canterbury videos is that you actually act like you enjoy doing it. You enjoy doing it with your family and as a family man myself I appreciate that. So keep up the good work and keep making videos.

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