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!!

 

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.

 

Solowheel – a transport revolution.

This year is the time for a transport revolution. I came across a great new invention, bought one and have been using it daily since September. This amazing item is called a Solowheel.

Solowheel looks unusual. It is a one wheeled personal electric vehicle. It is not much larger than a brief case. It weighs 10Kgs and the wheel is the ONLY moving part.
Whilst it looks impossible to use (as it has only one wheel) it actually took me about 20 minutes to learn how to use it. Once learnt – never forgotten, rather like riding a bicycle…


Solowheel is the ideal method of getting from A to B when the distance is a bit more than you want to, or have time to, walk. I use it to go to the village shop which is one and a half miles away. I also use it for getting around town.I park on the edge of town and then take the Solowheel in for the last mile; it means I no longer pay Cambridge’s extortionate parking fees, which can be nearly £10 for a couple of hours.

Solowheel is great for commuters too. It can be carried onto a bus, train or aeroplane and used at both ends of the journey. It will take you up to 10 miles on a single charge and takes from 45 minutes to 1 hour to fully recharge the battery.
Solowheel actually goes up quite steep hills. I rode mine straight up Park Row in Bristol. but the range will reduce if you go up hill all the time. However it does recharge the battery when you are going down hill again!

Solo wheel Limited will start distributing Solowheels this year, so get in touch if you want to know more.

Watch the video!

You will find out more on
http://www.solowheel.uk.com

Cycling to the Pub tonight?

I bought a new bicycle recently, with the aim of taking a bit of serious exercise. The bike design is great for the most part, but I noticed that there is not enough room on the handle bars to place the fittings for a front light. Also the seat fitting/position is not suitable for the rear light either, as it interferes with the mudguard fitting. Even the  struts down to the rear wheel are not cylindrical but tapering triangular sections, so they do not work with the rear light fittings.
My plans to cycle with some friends to a pub one evening and come back in the dark are being thwarted!
However, I have used some StormForm (our new product) and a bit of ingenuity, and fixed both front and rear LED lights onto my helmet.

StormForm is polymer which can be melted in hot water and moulded to almost any shape, and it then cools into a hard white plastic. It sticks really well to the plastic on the helmet and and after a few rides shows no sign of coming off.

StormForm is THE MOST USEFUL PRODUCT I have come across for ages!

So I should be visible coming back after dark this week end.  Does anyone want to try it out?

You can get  StormForm in a box of 70g and  250ml and 1 litre  tins  from www.stormsure.com

 

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FANCY WINNING A PRIZE THIS CHRISTMAS?

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Due to our overwhelming festive spirit and the desire to know what your best repair has been this year we are offering the readers of our blog the opportunity to win either a 10m roll of TUFF tape or a selection of our repair kits!

All you have to do is tell us what your best repair has been to date, let us know by emailing sales@stormsure.com before 12th December and we will let you know who our winner is by the 18th!

Our You Tube site is a good place to start if you want any tips and tricks on how to mend the items within our growing range of repair kits, TUFF tapes, TUFF patches and Flexible Repair Adhesives.

GOOD LUCK AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!

LOOSING MY (IKEA) DRAWERS.

Ever found yourself in danger of loosing your Ikea drawers?

‘Cos I have.

As always the drawers had become overloaded with too much stuff, weighted down with out grown clothes and generally treated badly.

Finally the flimsy wooden bottom had come away from the sides and back creating a bow like effect making the draw impossible to close.

Tired Ikea Draw!
Tired Ikea Draw!

I then remembered my box of 10m TUFF TAPE and the rest is history!

I was able to quickly and efficiently tape the bottom, sticking it so successfully that you would not notice it had to be fixed .

An invisible repair!
An invisible repair!

There have been no further issues and the drawer is still in use!

Tuff Tape works!
Tuff Tape works!

 

 

 

 

Need to fix a HGV Curtain-Side effectively and at an affordable price?

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HGV curtain sides are difficult and expensive to repair.  Stormsure Tuff Tape and Tuff tape Patches could be the answer.  The products are quick to use, highly effective and affordable making them the perfect choice.

Rips and tears on the sides of HGV’s are unsightly and are often fixed using gaffer tape as an emergency repair.  This, after time frays and gradually becomes ineffective letting water damage further exacerbate the problem.  Tuff Tape and Tuff Tape Patches are an efficient, easy to use and highly effective. The tape is transparent, elastic and will stretch. It is incredibly abrasion resistant, waterproof and resilient.

The HGV’s curtain does not have to be removed and fixed by a third party, this often means the vehicle is out of use for several hours or days.  Tuff Tape keeps the vehicle on the road and in use all the time.  The driver can make the repair himself in a matter of minutes, so there is no wasted time or loss in driver hours.

TUFF Tape is available in:

75mm circular patches

500mm x 75mm strips

10m x 75mm rolls

We also use them in our new range of Repair Kits

They are all available from the Stormsure web shop