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Message posted by LightFantastic on 24/4/2014 at 10:32pm
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Quote: Originally posted by arsenaldes on 24/4/2014
I dont see why you find that strange as if you read the original post you will find OP stated it was only leaking at the seams the fabric was not leaking. The general consensus of opinion with regards polycotton tents is they should only be fabsiled as a last resort as the fabric is naturally waterproof. I also used the word "may" need to be fabsiled every year
Yes, the OP said it was leaking at the seams, but on the advice of Outwell, for whatever their reason was, the OP then put on Fabsil. It may not have actually needed it, given that it was just seams leaking, but the fact is that he has applied it and so replies have been based on that.
I don't agree that the general consensus is that Fabsil is a last resort. What general consensus?, a few people saying so? Why is it a last resort? It doesn't harm the fabric, it doesn't kill it's waterproofness. It simply restores/adds waterproofness, not to mention adding UV protection which helps prevent canvas/polycotton fading and degrading from sunlight.
The 'issue' I have is people saying, some shouting from the rooftops! (not you BTW!), that the act of applying Fabsil means that you may/will then need to be applying it every one/two years. It's simply nonsense.
I know you said 'may', but I still say that it's incorrect that you 'may' need to apply it every year, you simply won't.