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Old 03-22-2015, 01:55 PM   #15
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but there is no point in leaving it deployed for an extended time while it is raining.
Except that it's better to leave it out until it dries than to roll it up wet.
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Old 03-22-2015, 03:12 PM   #16
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If you use a waterproof— or better, porous— patio mat, position the mat so the runoff from the awning hits the mat, not the bare ground. Runoff is less likely to splash mud that way.
This is excellent advice, I could have used it last month in Florida. The PO had left us a small, porous, nylon mat which I sniffed at, thinking my big waterproof tarp was going to be better. Then the rains came... Curb side wheels stayed nice and clean, street side were covered in dirt and sand.

That porous mat dried in hours because 1. water passes through to the ground and 2. the air gets underneath and dries the tarp and the ground. The waterproof tarp never dried. I had to either use the shower squeegee or (best) stretch the tarp over something like the picnic table.

I think I'll use the small mat for the street side and get something like this for the patio.

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Old 03-22-2015, 04:02 PM   #17
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We have a small hole in our ZipDee--just about in the center, up against the trailer. The hole is about 1/4" , and almost perfectly round. Any suggestions for a patch for something that small?
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Aerospace 303 is what I saw on the Sunbrella site as a "protectant"...
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We have a small hole in our ZipDee--just about in the center, up against the trailer. The hole is about 1/4" , and almost perfectly round. Any suggestions for a patch for something that small?
I used clear canvas tape on both sides.
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My Zip Dee is original and as close to perfect as it can be. I left mine out on a rainy day and had the same ponding problems with a few drips here and there. It continued to rain for the next few days so what I did was to lower the awning ( the door will rub) and left it out to dry. I was able to get in and out without damage to the awning or the door. I am going to apply a seam sealer this spring. I read somewhere that it not recommended that the Zip Dee be coated with a waterproof spray.
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We have a small hole in our ZipDee--just about in the center, up against the trailer. The hole is about 1/4" , and almost perfectly round. Any suggestions for a patch for something that small?
I discovered this product when improving and repairing a pair of Keen "wetfoot" portaging boots. It is designed for wet fabric applications and works very well. I had abrasion holes on the sides of these neoprene boots and sealed and patched the abrasion areas with a layer of Aquaseal and it held up for over 5 years...and that is while being used in further stone abrasion activities. I have since used it on many fabric applications with success. I have used it on one small abrasion hole on the Zip Dee and haven't looked back. (patched about 3 years ago)

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Any Sporting Goods store will have tent seam sealer which works like a charm.
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but there is no point in leaving it deployed for an extended time while it is raining.
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As long as the wind is not a factor I rather enjoy sitting out under my awning during rain showers.
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I left awning out in heavy rain storm in Indiana, no wind lowered one corner rain ran off no damage rain was so heavy washed out part of paved race track. I also leave out same way if no wind when raining, makes out doors useable.
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I admit that I have enjoyed sitting under the awning in the rain, as well. That does not mean that it is the best way to treat Sunbrella, although UV abuses the fabric more. You just have to accept that the awning fabric is a consumable, even if you do not do major damage to it.
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I discovered this product when improving and repairing a pair of Keen "wetfoot" portaging boots. It is designed for wet fabric applications and works very well. I had abrasion holes on the sides of these neoprene boots and sealed and patched the abrasion areas with a layer of Aquaseal and it held up for over 5 years...and that is while being used in further stone abrasion activities. I have since used it on many fabric applications with success. I have used it on one small abrasion hole on the Zip Dee and haven't looked back. (patched about 3 years ago)

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Thanks. To what color did it dry? Did it yellow over time?

We've been using a similar substance from Murray's Marine for years for small sail repairs. It's extremely durable, and flexes a little bit when dry. It goes in clear, but it yellows in UV after a fairly short time.
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Thanks. To what color did it dry? Did it yellow over time?

We've been using a similar substance from Murray's Marine for years for small sail repairs. It's extremely durable, and flexes a little bit when dry. It goes in clear, but it yellows in UV after a fairly short time.
It's clear and colorless. no significant yellowing over time.
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It's clear and colorless. no significant yellowing over time.
Thanks very much!
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