/ Waterproofing my Phoenix Phreerunner
I've got my dads old Phoenix Phreerunner tent which I've been using for years around the UK. However the groundsheet is getting a bit worn and is starting to let water in. I am just enquiring about the best way to fix this problem.
A small amount of water comes in at the seams, which I think can be stopped with seam sealant.
However the groundsheet itself leaks water through, it is a very light groudsheet and i'm not sure on the best method or product to waterproof it with.
If possible could you provide me with some information on re-waterproofing.
Thank you for any information
That will cost though so I second the suggestion of a bit of PVC or similar underneath.
That doesn't work terribly well in really soggy conditions though - water tends to get over the emergency groundsheet and still leaks through the real groundsheet.
It's annoying if the tent looks ok but a Phreerunner has to be a minimum of 20 years old now, so it maybe that the owner has to accept it has done its service and should be retired.
Amazing how a company can get to a time proof classic design (and for pheonix one of many such designs) and still go to the wall.
Things like Fabsil won't make it waterproof, since they're water resistant treatments. You need to replace the original PU coating that provided the waterprooing.
Now, this will be tricky... The problem is that the PU coating has probably degraded, and any attempts to patch it will be temporary, as other areas will start to fail.
The ideal fix would be to replace the entire groundsheet with new material. A lot of work, or expensive.
An intermediate solution might be to apply a new coating, on the opposite side to the original PU coating (so the new coating won't fall off when the remnant of the old coating do). The PU coating is usually on the inside of the tent.
So, what to use? Well, one solution that has been suggested and used quite widely in the DIY gear world is to dilute silicone sealant with white spirit (anywhere between 1:1 and 1:4 has been suggested), and apply this to the fabric, using a brush.
new tent i'm afraid
These tents come up on eBay and go for not a lot of money today so selling yours is always an option. In fact I'd buy it from you if you think that replacing the groundsheet isn't an option.
The Phreeunner is an excellent foul weather tent and only the fire retardancy legislation in the USA killed the idea off as Goretext was deemed unsuitable for use in tents. This problem continues today sadly.
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