Waterproof vs. Breathability

Breathable outdoor clothing is most likely to get sweaty and wet inside when used in wet conditions. If the outer surface of the fabric retains even the thinnest film of water  (it becomes “wetted out”), the garment can lose as much as 70% of its breathability. If you are being energetic and sweating even a little bit,  you will then get condensation forming inside the garment and it feels claggy or wet.  To stop this from happening, the Durable Water Repellency (DWR) on the outer fabric of your clothing must be maintained and work properly. This will ensure that water droplets roll off the fabric immediately and the surface remains 100% breathable and the water vapour inside the garment can escape, leaving you dry.  All outer durable water repellency will eventually wear off and need to be renewed from time to time; one of the very best products for this is called “StormProof”.

Stormproof DWR water repellent spray
Stormproof DWR water repellent spray

The process is very simple and anyone can do it at home:  Wash the garment first and make sure all traces of detergent are rinsed off.  Stormproof is a water based liquid which can be sprayed on to the outside surface The bottle comes with a hand trigger spray gun attached. You can also brush it on with a sponge, or even completely immerse the garment in the liquid. Once you have covered the whole surface hang it up to dry.  If you can, tumble dry the garment as a little heat will improve the  repellency of the StormProof coating. I sometime use a hair drier if there is not a tumble drier handy.

I have tried Stormproof on many different fabrics and materials, such as cotton and nylon tents, Gortex clothing, fleeces, woven woollen jumpers and tweed hats to name just a few. Stormproof works well on them all.  I have even treated the wooden garden chairs so the rain water now runs straight off. No more soggy bottoms!!

 

Stormsure and concrete

You might not believe it but Stormsure adhesive is great for making repairs to concrete.

I have a concrete garden ornament. It broke in half as someone tried to move it and it dropped on the floor. They made an attempt to repair it using an epoxy putty. However it broke again shortly afterwards in the same place.

When trying to reassemble it there was a problem of the old epoxy putty still sticking to one side. I chipped this away until the fit was as good as it was going to get. However there were still quite large gaps in some places between the two sides when they were held together.

I put Stormsure adhesive on both sides of the break and placed the two halves back together. I put it face down on a hard flat surface (and wrapped some string around it) to keep them in position while the adhesive cured. The next day I removed the string.  The bonding was very good but there were still some gaps which needed filling. I did this with a tube of adhesive with and precision nozzle.  Once the gaps were filled I dusted the adhesive with some dry cement powder. It sticks to the wet glue but dries looking pretty natural.  Any drips of glue were cut away.

The result?  A perfectly usable garden ornament which most people do not even notice had been damaged beforehand.Cracked Pot

StormProof Waterproof Spray

We have a GREAT new product for sale in 2016. It is called “StormProof”.

You can  spray it on to almost any fabric, from a distance of about 15cm or 6 inches, and then let it dry naturally in the air. (If you can dry it on a radiator or tumble drier that is even better.) Once it is dry the material will become hydrophobic. That means that water landing on the surface will form a ball and roll off – keeping you dry. Not only will it repel water, it will also help to repel oil and soil.

Use this product to reproof breathable fabrics.  It is ideal for use on fleeces, jumpers, raincoats, tweeds, woollens, horse rugs, car soft roof material, leather footwear, umbrellas, tents, awnings and so much more.
Watch these 2 short videos to see just how simple it is to use, and just how effective it is. It is available from Stormsure Ltd in the UK.    Tel +44 (0)3333 44 1500     email sales@stormsure.com

A top Stormsure tip – Fiddly jobs and precision gluing.

I was having a tinker in the shed the other day, decided to start doing bit of tidying/mending as you do…  Now my shed is an Aladdin’s cave of half made bird boxes, shelving, rubbish, old cloths and shoes, tool boxes and other random bits that are no longer wanted from the house.

The tidying I can put off for another day. So….I got the various bits needed to start the mend – Stormsure flexible repair adhesive, super glue, hammer and nails bit of duct tape for the proper bodges.

I found one of my old leather jackets, it was a much loved favourite of mine once upon a time. But now the stitching had come away, one of the sleeves had almost completely departed. This would be my first job of the day. I knew I needed the strength and weather resistance of the Stormsure but the precision of the Superglue pen I had to hand. (I didn’t think the hammer and nails would have been much use for this).

I wondered if the nozzle from the glue pen would work on my Stormsure tube….Before nozzle

Eureka..!      It fits.

After nozzle

 

 

 

 

 

Heres a close up of the stitching being glued.  The nozzle worked great, so much easier than a spreader. No mess on my new old jacket as the glue goes within a millimetre of where it needs to be. The glue does not gush out due to the small hole at the end. Best of all the air tight cap keeps the glue fresh without having to use the usual trick of having to keep it in the freezer.

Getting those hard to reach places.
Getting those hard to reach places.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Had mine out of the fridge for over 3 weeks now; I wouldn’t recommend doing this however because it does say on the packet to store in the fridge or freezer.

 

Lost Bung!

I was getting my inflatable boat towable ready for the summer (this is a large inflatable mattress that you can tow behind a speed boat) only to discover that the mice had been at it.  A couple of small holes in the PVC are going to spoil the fun.  A quick dollop of Stormsure Flexible Repair Adhesive have fixed them in no time.
Worse, however, is the fact that the bung is missing. I can inflate it with no problem, but I cannot keep the air in! The bung has an unusual thread which tapers as it goes in. I have looked on line but found nothing.

Missing Bung
Missing Bung

So , I have made a new bung. I used StormForm. This is a hot water mouldable polymer. It comes in granule form. I put about 25 grams in a cup and covered it with boiling water.

 

 

 

StormForm
StormForm

After a few seconds it all melts into a thick flexible plastic. Then, with my hands I have moulded this into the rough shape of a bung. Of course it did not fit, but by remelting the StormForm and screwing the bung into the hole, I have managed to make a perfect screw thread.

 

After about 10 minutes I have an airtight bung again.

Success!

Hand Made bung
Hand Made bung

Customer review about Stormsure Glue on Amazon

vadearThis paragraph taken from a Stormsure product review on Amazon.co.uk

I have used many types of glue and sealant both at home and at work, including many types of silicone rubber. However, Stormsure is unlike any that I have come across. It is low odour and slow setting, yet is a clear flowable liquid – a combination I have not seen before.

I used it to repair a 3cm gash in a pair of synthetic rubber wellies, probably inflicted by barbed wire. You have to be careful that it doesn’t run where you don’t want it, as it will slowly creep downhill until it starts to set, which takes 2-3 hours. The result was a very strong repair that I reckon will last as long as the boots themselves. I put the repaired boots to the test round our local woods on several occasions, as well as in the garden, followed by vigorous scrubbing with a stiff nylon brush get the mud off. I deliberately scrubbed the repaired section too, and yet there is no sign of the sealant/adhesive being damaged or coming off.

I really am very impressed, and I just wish I had known about it before I retired from work!

Cold weather = Viscous glue

IMG_9301A few people have contacted me recently asking if their tube of glue was OK as it seemed to be very viscous or partially cured in the tube. In fact, this is not the case and it is not a problem.

When the glue is very cold is does get more viscous. I put the tube in a tea cup and pour boiling water on it and leave it for a few minutes to warm up. Then the glue becomes quite fluid again and is perfect to use right away.

Note that partially used tubes should be kept in the fridge or freezer, as it will make the glue go waxy and hard but prevent it from curing inside the tube. Then the glue will be in good condition to use again a few weeks or months later. (The glue is very sensitive to contact with water or water vapour which initiates the curing reaction.)

Often people use the neck of the tube to spread the glue around when they are making a repair, and this can cause the cap to get permanently fixed  the neck of the tube. Just pour out some glue (put the cap back on right away) and use a spatula or knife to spread the glue around.