Finally had a chance to seam seal and get my SMD Lunar Solo out on a hike earlier this month.
Ended up using Silnet diluted with mineral spirits for the job. Worked out in the end, but a bit messy and lots of lessons learnt.
I started off with a square foam craft brush as I had seen them used in various guides. Way too floppy and imprecise for me, messy results. Ended up really liking the circular tipped yellow foam brushes for kids from the art store. Can pick the size you need and allows you to apply a lot of pressure.
I went olive oil consistency, and in retrospect I think it was still a little thick… That was about a 50/50 ratio.
But the main two takeaway were location and thinking things through a bit more Turns out my instinct towards hot dry weather for doing this outside was wrong. Humid and mild is apparently what you need. It might very well have been a bad combination of the Silnet being old and the weather, but mine took a solid week to dry to an acceptable level. The issue there being no where to put it inside, and doing this outside in the very dusty and windy west coast. Turns out everything that can stick to drying silicone will, and the tent needed a solid washing afterwards as I didn’t want to pack it with a bunch of abrasive’s attached.
The floor of the tent needed some strips painted on it to stop my pad sliding around on the very slick polyester. Should have started with this in retrospect. Turns out you will get silicone everywhere trying to get into a tent you have just seam sealed.
I haven’t had it in a proper downpour yet, but a solid soaking with a sprinkler seems to show promise. It also dried a lot prettier than I was expecting, having used way more silicone than I now know was necessary.
Probably not the place for a review, but got the tent out for a couple of nights in the Cederberg and rather happy. Bit fiddly to setup, and the lightness of the zips worries me a little. But solid in the wind and shockingly large on the inside for the weight and pack size. Had a lot of critters taking an interest in my pack one night and found it large enough to be spread out in the tent with my pack and most of my gear unpacked around me. Also my first encounter in the Cederberg with a solid gnat storm one morning made me very pleased I wasn’t in a tarp.