Retreating your outer tent
Our fabrics are very strong and both waterproof and highly water-repellent. However, sun, wind, rain and wear will weaken any fabric over time. Just as UV rays from direct sunlight have adverse effects on our skin, the same is true for all materials, including, unfortunately, tent fabrics. Exposure to the sun’s rays, especially at altitude and in the southern hemisphere, can weaken a fabric’s performance over time. One such weakening is diminished water repellency, so that water no longer runs off the fabric as it did when it was new. This does not, however, indicate a reduction in how waterproof the fabric is. Retreating the fabric will improve both protection against UV damage and water repellency.
For retreating our outer tent fabrics, we recommend Nikwax Tent & Gear Solar proof, which is easy to use and does not contain fluorocarbons. Set up your tent and wash it with a sponge and lukewarm water. Spray or brush the Tent & Gear Solar Proof on the fabric and wipe off any excess liquid. Once the tent has dried it is ready for use.
Please note that Tent & Gear Solar Proof should not to be used on a new tent, but only on one that has lost its water repellent ability. Note also that we always recommend that you protect your tent from harmful UV rays by avoiding pitching it in direct sunlight and/or by using a tarp as sun protection. If you would like more information about this product and to find out where you can purchase it, please visit www.nikwax.com.