Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Tents! Water-proof or Water-resistant

Is the tent that you purchased to use when you sell outdoors water-proof or water-resistant? BIG DIFFERENCE!

What some of you may not realize is that many of the tents and canopies are sold to provide shade, not rain cover. Imagine my surprise and dismay when it started raining inside my EZ Up! (After the rain stopped, we actually had to pull our tables out of the tent until it stopped dripping. LOL)

The solution was to spray the top of the tent with some water-proofing product. The question was which one? While talking to other vendors, I was told that some had to reapply the water-proofing spray after each rain. Obviously, I wanted something that would work better than that! So, I began researching products that were designed to waterproof and discovered that different products are made for different types of fabric. The product that I finally selected did mention EZ Up in their product description so I felt reassured that I was buying the right product.

The product I purchased was Granger’s Tent & Gear UV Waterproofing.

I needed two 33.8 oz to cover the top of the EZ Up and we used a weed sprayer to spray the product on. (Clean sprayer well before and after using the waterproofing product). The product says it will not yellow… it does a bit. But it did work.

If anyone has another water-proofing product that worked well for them let me know.

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  1. good post... and important to think about.. I know here we get a lot of rain... perfect sunny hot august day and then a down pour. It will be interesting to see any other ideas people add to this :) * welcome to blogging* :)

  2. Congratulations on your new blog. Looks like it will be informative.

  3. It's been awhile since we went camping, but the last time we went camping, it started thunderstorming, lightning, and pouring down rain in the middle of the night. And we would've gotten soaked if we didn't leave..ha ha, just packed up and left in the middle of the night. The rain started leaking from the corners..I really did think all tents were they are meant to be used outside!! lol, glad I am not the only one...although, I didn't know they made waterproofing products, so thanks for the information! =)

  4. I just found your blog from Twitter and I have to say, living in Wisconsin you need all the waterproofing you can get! You just never know when it will start raining! Do you ever do shows in the Milwaukee area? That's where I am.

  5. I just have a cheapie show tent. I don't do outdoor shows very often. I did notice that it just leaks on the seams. My husband uses a seam sealer for our camping tent and was going to do the seams of the show tent too.
    Thanks for the tip!

  6. I have an EZ up and so far, it has not rained inside of it! LOL! We use it for camping, too. I've had it for awhile now, so, I should probably start thinking about applying a waterpoof solution. Thanks for the great article.