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Old 05-10-2010   #1
 
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Gore Tex re-waterproofing

After 4 years of use i noticed my gore tex dry top is not beading water like it use to. Its not all that bad, but i would like to re-waterproof/finish it sooner or later. My question to all of you is what product/process do you use? Looks like Nikwax is a popular product, anyone have experience using it for dry tops?

I noticed that both the spray on and wash kinds require you to put the jacket in the dryer, and im not sure if that would be ok to do with the gaskets. Can that step be skipped and just air dry? Has anyone washed their dry top in a machine?

Thanks for the assistance.

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Nic-Wax and let drip dry is what I have done with mine... Works for a half a season.
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Wish I had better news. I've tried the sprays and the wash treatments. I've never been able to revive my North Face parka for more than half a day. After treatment the water beads in the morning, but by afternoon there's nothing but absorption. Same goes with my tent rainfly. I've tried to revive it multiple times, it lasts maybe one night. If anyone has a tried and true way to revive Gore Tex or tent flys I'm all ears.
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spray the tent rainfly with an arosol clear coat. done

works on drytops too, no to breathable.
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Use the spray on and a hair dryer instead. Works on waders when you don't want to put those in the dryer either.
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:Bob,
Is this a nylon specific product or something else? I've literally tried every brand of spray to revitalize my rain fly and had no joy. Not a walmart tent either; Mtn. Hardware. Works for a few hours tops.

I should qualify my comments by saying I was spending the summer in Alaska. When it rains there it rains.
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http://www.kokatat.com/documents/cse...tDSstorage.pdf

Follow this religiously and it works.
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drysuit

i have a 12 year old kokotat gore tex dry suit that maybe i just got lucky with but i've used nic wax once about 5 years ago and it still works today. follow the directions in the link above, and definately don't dry it!
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I followed the directions and just used the air fluff for a little while, and everything turned out well for me!! Funny thing is I just did it a week ago, and my gaskets are bomber, and my wife loved it during swift water. Maybe I just got lucky!
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I did the old tshirt between the drytop and the iron and that worked great.
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