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Old 09-30-2013, 09:16 AM   #1
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Default Roll on or paint on roof sealant for many small holes?

I washed my roof cover the other day and strung a line to hang dry it. While walking under this now tent-like structure, I looked up and was shocked at all the sunlight coming through the holes. Small holes. They appear to be cracks from folding. There's probably not 6 square inches that there isn't a hole!

I'm on a budget. This is a rustic backcountry yurt, i.e., it doesn't have to be perfect...though I don't want it to leak like a sieve in a downpour.

Is there a sealant of sorts I can paint on that will allow me to squeeze a bit more life out of this cover?

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Old 09-30-2013, 10:36 AM   #2
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Does this help?

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Old 09-30-2013, 10:52 AM   #3
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Default Re: Roll on or paint on roof sealant for many small holes?

Thanks, Jafo. There are simply too many holes to patch. It would be far easier to just replace this cover than try to patch. As mentioned though, I am on a budget...so if possible, I would love to be able to paint this thing to seal it...if such a product existed.
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Default Re: Roll on or paint on roof sealant for many small holes?

I don't have a link, but there have been suggestions posted here about mixing silicone w thinner and painting it on.
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Old 09-30-2013, 03:02 PM   #5
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I don't have a link, but there have been suggestions posted here about mixing silicone w thinner and painting it on.
http://www.yurtforum.com/forums/buil....html#post1807
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Old 09-30-2013, 05:07 PM   #6
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Default Re: Roll on or paint on roof sealant for many small holes?

we had the neighbors dog run all over our canvas and put little toe nail hiles all over it just mixed turpentine with silicon caulk stir it together well and put on with a paint roller when it dry's the smell goes away and it get like a rubber coating on it. works for me anyway
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Old 09-30-2013, 05:48 PM   #7
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we had the neighbors dog run all over our canvas and put little toe nail hiles all over it just mixed turpentine with silicon caulk stir it together well and put on with a paint roller when it dry's the smell goes away and it get like a rubber coating on it. works for me anyway

Thanks, guys!

Marshall, how long ago did you do this and how long has your canvas been out in the elements since?
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Old 09-30-2013, 05:51 PM   #8
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I would also like to say that you should try this in a small area first, just to make sure it reacts to your canvas okay.
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Old 10-03-2013, 10:31 AM   #9
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Default Re: Roll on or paint on roof sealant for many small holes?

The top cover can be painted with an elastomeric paint. This can be found at your local paint or home improvement store and will seal up the fabric and give you additional life from it. It is essentially a rubberized paint and will expand and contract with the fabric.
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Old 10-03-2013, 01:47 PM   #10
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The top cover can be painted with an elastomeric paint. This can be found at your local paint or home improvement store and will seal up the fabric and give you additional life from it. It is essentially a rubberized paint and will expand and contract with the fabric.
Excellent. Thanks! Is this something that is commonly done...or at least something that has been tried and tested? If so, very roughly, how much additional life could one expect....a year, maybe two?
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