Klepper canvas deck reproofing

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Scousemouse
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Klepper canvas deck reproofing

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What do you use to reproof your deck? or is it like ventile and needs to absorb some water to swell and become waterproof?

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Re: Klepper canvas deck reproofing

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I think 303 Fabric Guard is ok. This is available from Amazon UK. Don,t buy any until other members have commented as I am not sure. I think for best results it is supposed to be sprayed on when the weather is warm, above 21c

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Re: Klepper canvas deck reproofing

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I believe the Klepper's natural cotton canvas swells when wet to be entirely waterproof. I don't think there is any need to waterproof it. I've never waterproofed my Klepper T9, which I've had for about a decade. The previous owner had it since 1963. He looked after the rubber well as it is still in good nick. That required lots of boat wax, but I don't think the cotton deck needed any special treatment (except for ensuring it is stored dry).

(It has occurred to me that spraying it with something waterproofing might mean that it absorbs less water and therefore requires less drying at the end of a trip—but I've not tried that. Perhaps someone else on the list has ideas or comments.)

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Re: Klepper canvas deck reproofing

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Yes, Ian you are correct, the deck is breathable and most of the waterproofing is made by the threads swelling when wet and indeed it will last years. This is how my cotton tents work to keep out the rain, but proofing is still needed. Years ago Klepper sold, blue deck-impregnation liquid, it came in about 2LB tins. It hasn.t been available for decades. As you can guess at that time all decks were blue. and it was painted on with a brush but it wasn,t paint. (in 1977 it was $ 14 usd and the part number was A-404) The 303 i mentioned is also to protect the fabric from UV damage.

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