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Re: Can I re-waterproof the rainfly on an old tent?

I have an old (15+ years) REI Clipper tent.  I set it up in the rain the other day to test it out and I had leaks in the rain fly.  Does anyone have solutions for this?  I was thinking of scotchguarding inside and out.  Thoughts?  Yes, I know it is an old setup.  Yes, I know I could replace it, I already have.  I just want to know if I could do anything to re-waterproof the rain fly.

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I’ve been using a can of some sort of silicone spray from walmart on my old tent flys, so far so good 

REI Member Since 1979

Thanks.  Scotchguarding tonight.


Hi @Dirk  -  Excited to hear you’ve had your REI tent for so long! Like @Philreedshikes said, there are lots of products out there that will help refresh your rainfly’s waterproofing. Scotchgard even has tent specific products, so that’s a great plan. If the seams are also leaking, REI offers some seam sealers that should do the trick. You can also take a look at an Expert Advice article on How to Waterproof a Tent for some more details. Hopefully this helps! Would love to hear what process ends up working for you.

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