Silnylon question

Discussion in 'Shelters & Accessories' started by Taz38, May 23, 2020 at 6:19 PM.

  1. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    I have a (pre-loved) macpac microlight made with 30D silnylon.
    Decided to give it a wipe and a fabsil brush-over.

    The material felt a bit different after that, not so silky, still waterproof after a dousing with the hosepipe.
    This has been narking me, so I pitched the tent (for a garden camp), and washed it gently (clean soft cloth) in a warm weak tesco liquid soap solution.

    With every wipe an amount of reddish brown dust came off.
    When I first treated the tent some weeks ago, we had this really warm/hot weather with winds from the south. So I'm thinking sahara sand?

    I gently cleaned it twice using a weaker solution second time, then ran the garden hose (spray) over it for 5 minutes. Still waterproof (pfew) and the material feels less "different" and more how it should do.

    I wonder whether I should not have "fabsilled" it yet as its a relatively new tent.
    The Trekkertent, which also got the same treatment, still feels silky.

    But the real issue is the stretch marks.
    I can't remember if that was how I bought it, I think there were some, also some vague abrasion marks (camping in rocky area?) but that's dissapeared.

    Now my question is, are these stretchy marks normal wear n tear, or has someone abused this tent a bit?
    My experience with silnylon is still limited.

    Its a nice tent btw, slept well in it just using a trekkertent single bathtub, no flapping in the wind

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  2. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Bio Oil is good for stretch marks Taz, apparently :whistling:
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  3. Foxster

    Foxster Ultralighter

    As well as a good massage with Bio Oil :rolleyes: you can try getting the tent pitched perfectly (spend a lot of time moving pegs and ropes) then use a hair dryer on the stretch mark areas. Don't get it too hot and don't apply heat for long. Get the dryer a foot or so away and then keep testing the tent to make sure its not getting too hot. Once you get the distance and heat right you may find the stretch marks lessen or disappear. Leave the tent out for a few hours afterwards.

    I've only done this once but it did work and the tent seemed no worse for it. They are designed to take hot sunshine so unless you really scorch it you should be good.

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