An important step in keeping dry in your Six Moon Designs shelter is to ensure your seams are adequately sealed. Choosing the best sealer for the job and the best method of application depends upon the fabric used to construct the shelters canopy.
At Six Moon Designs, our shelters canopies are made using one of three different fabrics. Each fabric has different characteristics and different requirements for seam sealing.
Determining which seam sealer or even if the shelter needs to be seam sealed depends upon the type of fabric the shelter is constructed from. Our shelters are constructed from one of four different materials, Silicone Nylon, Silicone Polyester. Polyurethene coated Polyester or Dyneema Composite Fabric (DCF). Each fabric has its own requirements.
Typical seams found on most shelter are composed of two panels of fabric joined together with a lap seam. This is a pretty simple seam and when made on standard fabrics, it's also easy to seal with seam tape.
In contrast, our tents are designed differently in order to minimize tent weight. We combine elements of both the inner tent and the outer canopy into a single tent. This results in compound seams that are composed of three or more panels of material. The multiple layers of material makes it impossible to use seam tape to seal these seams. Thus requiring manual seam sealing. This technique also makes it impossible to seal the canopy from the underside.
Contrary to some seam sealing products, we recommend seam sealing the seams from the outside on all of our shelters. Attempting to seam seal compound seams from the underside will not yield acceptable results.
In the case of the Skyscape - Scout tent, the canopy is polyester fabric. As you examine the underside of the seams, you'll note that some seams are seam taped. You can skip seam sealing these seams. To achieve a good seal, you'll need to seam seal all of the seams not taped.
For most shelters purchased from Six Moon Designs, you have the option to perform the seam sealing yourself or have us do it for you. This applies only to shelters made with Silicone Nylon. We do not offer the service for Polyester shelters. Fortunately Cuben Fiber do not need to be seam sealed.
If you wish, you can save some money when seam sealing SilNylon shelters. You can easily make your own sealer that'll work as well as the commercial stuff. It'll also give you a better looking seal.
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