Gear Aid Sil Net Silicone Seam Sealer
Usage: seam sealer
Ease of Use: easy
Price Paid: $7.95
Sil Net is a silicone seam sealer made by McNett outdoors in Bellingham, Washington. The tube I have is 1.5 oz and comes in a squeeze tube similar to toothpaste.
I first used SilNet to seal the seam on the tarp I use for my hammock. The product comes with a brush that is used to lightly apply the product to the seam. It seems easy enough. However, more is not better! I quickly learned that a little of this product goes a long way. That's good because one tube will last you a long time.
Applying the product very sparsely is the secret and giving it time to cure (about 8 hours in warm weather - longer is better) will provide you with a quality, durable seal. It dries clear and remains soft and pliable to the touch.
I have tried several other seam sealers. Most notably the Coleman product that is readily available in the local Wal Mart. SilNet is FAR superior to these other products - especially if you are working with silicone ripstop nylon fabric.
So far, the SilNet has lasted at least two years for me. Most of my camping is in the southeast where it is very hot and humid. The tarp is many times a source of shade as well as shelter from the rain. This means it is in direct sun on days when the temps are near 100 degrees. In other words, it's semi abuse of the product.
I try to take good care of my gear and fold it up nicely when not in use. But, let's face it, when you're in the woods, sometimes time and weather don't allow you to use the most care.
Despite that, this product has performed very well for me and I would highly recommend its use. It is the only seam sealer I will use.
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The McNett Gear Aid SilNet Silicone Seam Sealer lets you seam seal your new tent or patch up holes in the field on your old tent just the same. One tube of McNett Gear Aid SilNet seals critical seams on an average 2-person tent Comes in a 1.5 ounce tube
Silnet(TM) Silicone Seam Sealer is specially formulated for sealing seams on tents and other products constructed or coated with silicone. Perfect for silicone-treated nylon. May also be used as an in-field repair material for moderate rips, tears and areas of abrasion.
McNett SilNet - Your ultralight shelter is only as good as its seams. If you own a sil-nylon tent, SilNet is a must-have (unless you like sleeping in puddles). That's because Sil-nylon tents aren't sealed at the factory. Stay dry! Use SilNet to seal the seams on your silicone-treated tent, tarp, backpack and rainwear. Use it to repair pinholes, too. SilNet is part of a comprehensive line of Care and Repair products from Gear Aid. With Gear Aid, anyone can be a master of gear repair. The only seam sealer ideal for sil-nylon fabrics. Specially formulated for sealing seams on tents and other outdoor products constructed or coated with silicone, such as silicone treated nylon. Silnet may also be used as an in-field repair material for moderate rips, tears and areas of abrasion. Available in 1 1/2 oz. Blister Pack. * Seals in one application * Unaffected by extreme heat or cold * One tube seals critical seams on an average 2-person tent
- Massey's Outfitters
Waterproof Silnet Silicone Seam Sealer seals seams on silicone coated tents, tarps and other outdoor fabrics.
- Mountain Gear