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  • High-performance, low-impact solution adds durable water repellency while increasing fabric strength and protecting against UV deterioration
  • A single application can double the effective life of fabrics
  • Can be applied to wet or dry synthetic fabrics
  • Water-based and biodegradable formula contains no fluorocarbons or VOCs
  • Nikwax is a global leader in safe, high-performance waterproofing and cleaning solutions for clothing, footwear and equipment


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Best Use Camping, Backpacking
Volume 16.9 fluid ounces
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brings Your Rainfly Back to Life I used this on my trusty old Sierra Designs Bedouin tent after years of sun & weather had stripped away the rainfly's water repellency. It really brought the water repellency back from the dead. I'm not sure about the UV blocking effectiveness, but I think it's cheap insurance to keep your expensive tent from being degraded by UV light. It's very easy to apply - just set up the tent w/ the fly on, hose it down to get the entire fly wet and then spray evenly & liberally. Wipe it down with a rag to ensure full coverage & to work the product into the nylon, then let it dry completely. Now you've got a rainfly that sheds water like new!
Date published: 2014-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product - easy to use with great results After years of dependable service my tent leaked during a sustaned period of heavy rain. The prospect of dealing with my soaked sleeping bags and other wet belings was bad enough without contemplating the replacement of my tent or at a minimum the fly. A search of the REI site turned up this product and I gave it a try. And I'm glad I did as it worked exactly as advertised. My tent is watertight again with the added benefit of solar protection.
Date published: 2014-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SolarProof I've used this product on my tents, motorcycle jackets, and my American Flag that I fly in front of my house. First, it does a very good job waterproofing. That said, the main reason I use this is the SolarProof. My Marmot Orange tents look like new, my motorcycle jackets have very little fading, and my American Flag stays looking great much much longer than before this product. My flag flies 24/7, with a light on it, and I've seen my flags life get extended from 6 mo.s to almost a year. It is in the sun everyday but it fades so much less than before. I promise you'll like this product.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hard to qualify effectiveness I can't vouch for the effectiveness of this product's UV protection, as I have only used it on my tent this summer (Marmot Limelight 3). I figure it would be a good preventative measure and I haven't reapplied a DWR coating other than the factory original. I did notice that water beaded up on the fly more readily than it has in the past.
Date published: 2013-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product My mountain hardware tent started leaking I applied this on the tent and 3 days later it got rained on and I stayed very dry
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bikes nice product Product works great. Only one of the two sprayers worked. 1 bottle per tent to spray rain fly and tent
Date published: 2016-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from does the job extends the lifetime of tents and other gear by waterproofing, I stayed dry in my tent after applying
Date published: 2016-08-24
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My troop has 7 Eureka Timberline 2's that are in need of complete water proofing, how many of tents will one of these cover?

Asked by: SKCT417ASM
We estimate that one 17 oz bottle of Nikwax Tent and Gear SolarProof Waterproofing Spray will cover roughly cover two tents.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-10-25

Will this work on non waterproof polyester? I'm looking for something to waterproof my outdoor sofa cushions 

Asked by: Schilly
The Tent and Gear SolarProof Waterproofing Spray can be used on your outdoor furniture. We recommend testing the spray on a hidden area first.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-01

Would this product be recommended for a tent that is approximately 8 years old and in need of some maintenance?  I love the tent and don't want to replace it.

Asked by: Dusty Condishuns
Yes, the SolarProof Waterproofing Spray would be a great choice for adding UV protection and waterproofing to your tent. We would also recommend hand washing your tent with Nikwax Tech Wash in the bathtub with warm water prior to applying the SolarProof. This will clean the tent and revive the breathability of the fabric.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-07-25

The polyurethane coating on the floor (interior) and fly (underside) of an old Eureka tent is deteriorating and smelling bad.  If I strip the remaining coating off (using soap and alchohol) , can I use this product to restore the waterproof finish? 

Asked by: magpi
No, this is only for revitalizing and protecting the outer water repellency and protection from UV rays. If you want to try to replace the polyurethane coating on your tent you need something like TentSure:
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-30

How many containers of Nikwax Tent and Gear SolarProof Waterproofing Spray are needed to treat the fabric of an EZ UP 10' x 10' popup tent, Model Encore II.

Asked by: Tonyb
Two bottles of Tent and Gear SolarProof Waterproofing Spray are recommended for a 10 x 10 EZ-Up canopy.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-10-06

1. Can this be used on a parka? (I'm not sure of the fabric it may be a cotton/poly blend.) 2. Can this be used on hiking shoes that hiking shoes that have some outer suede/faux suede? Or am I better off with a different NikWax product?

Asked by: DavidPasadena
The Gear SolarProof Waterproofing Spray is not ideal for jackets or footwear; it is intended for gear such as tents and packs. Nikwax sells several waterproofing and protectant treatments specific to outdoor waterproof clothing and footwear. We suggest Tech Wash and TX. Direct for clothing and Nubuck and Suede Waterproofing for the type of boot you described. They have other shoe cleaners and treatments, so we encourage you to look through the selection:
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-09-22

If I wanted to waterproof ink onto a shower curtain liner that is clear, would this be a good product for that and would it leave a residue?

Asked by: Lydia-Mae
This spray has not been tested as a sealing product to waterproof ink. We encourage you to contact Nikwax directly with your inquiry.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-10-20

Will this product "yellow" fabric? I have a white show tent and need to have it look neat and clean white.

Asked by: trainman
We have not heard any reports of the Gear SolarProof Waterproofing Spray causing white tent fabrics to "yellow." Nikwax recommends the follwoing when apply the spray to fabric: "Marks may appear on fabric if excess product is not wiped away. Test on a hidden area first."
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-06-22
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