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flex seal

Postby Andrei » Thu Aug 09, 2012 12:20 am

I want to know if anyone used flex seal to seal the mesh in the tent.

The most important question I have is – did it smell or rubber or plastic when the flex seal heated up in the desert??
I know it said flex seal withstands fire but does it produce fumes once dried up?

For the reference, I am bringing a wall tent as shade structure (10 × 12) and having a small tent (7 × 7) to sleep in dust free (hopefully)

Still have to buy the small tent as my budget is about $60 and I was not able to find anything with no mesh for that price :(
Suggest a cheap tent like that with no mesh if you know any.

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Re: flex seal

Postby MikeGyver » Thu Aug 09, 2012 2:10 am

I've never tried it but I would like to hear how it goes, The main issue I see is refolding the tent with all the hard parts, will probably be impossible to roll up into the bag. But if all you care about is the one time use or BM tent only then its worth a shot.
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Re: flex seal

Postby ranger magnum » Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:22 pm

Flex seal is another name for rubberized undercoating, available at most autobody supply places. Its a lot less expensive than flex seal
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Re: flex seal

Postby Jackass » Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:46 pm

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Re: flex seal

Postby maladroit » Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:01 pm

Seems like a really nasty thing to spray all over your tent. It won't just get on the mesh part.

I plan to use some laminating film: http://www.staples.com/Duck-Clear-Lamin ... uct_825000

It's basically 18" wide packing tape.
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Re: flex seal

Postby Bob » Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:05 pm

Dare I say, a condom in a can?
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Re: flex seal

Postby maladroit » Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:19 pm

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Re: flex seal

Postby Bob » Fri Aug 10, 2012 12:27 am

maladroit wrote:Seems like a really nasty thing to spray all over your tent. It won't just get on the mesh part.

I plan to use some laminating film: http://www.staples.com/Duck-Clear-Lamin ... uct_825000

It's basically 18" wide packing tape.


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Re: flex seal

Postby maladroit » Fri Aug 10, 2012 1:53 am

I'll report back with interesting information of either a useful or humorous nature.
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Re: flex seal

Postby Canoe » Fri Aug 10, 2012 10:53 am

maladroit wrote:I plan to use some laminating film: http://www.staples.com/Duck-Clear-Lamin ... uct_825000 It's basically 18" wide packing tape.

Why?
What benefit do you expect?
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Re: flex seal

Postby maladroit » Fri Aug 10, 2012 3:33 pm

The benefit I expect is fast, easy, complete mesh sealing with no fiddling around old blankets, clamps, duct tape, or smelly rubber spray.

The only possible downside depends on the strength of the adhesive...I don't think an 18"x36" piece of tape is going to peel off the tent under a rainfly, but it might.
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Re: flex seal

Postby Eric » Fri Aug 10, 2012 3:51 pm

maladroit wrote:The only possible downside depends on the strength of the adhesive...I don't think an 18"x36" piece of tape is going to peel off the tent under a rainfly, but it might.


There might just be a reason that people who've been before fiddle around with "old blankets, clamps" etc, instead of just sticking tape on their tent. You're free to try what you like, but you might want to bring something that's been playa-tested as back-up.
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Re: flex seal

Postby maladroit » Fri Aug 10, 2012 4:14 pm

Oh, definitely. I have backup ideas for everything I'm testing. However, I have pretty high hopes for this plan. I might edge and cross it with gaffer tape just to be sure.
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