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Water-proofing fabric?
is there a product that will spray on to waterproof cotton?
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Date: 8/1/10 11:10 AM

I'm not talking about just a spray on water repellant like you'd spray on shoes or a handbag but wonder if there is a product that can be sprayed on or maybe soaked into a cotton quilting fabric? I am making a shower curtain for my DD out of a nice weight cotton quilters fabric. Right now I'm assuming using a liner is the only answer but am wondering if there is a product that could make the actual curtain itself more water repellant? The reason I'm using the cotton is she wanted music notes and the cotton was the only fabric I could find!
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Date: 8/1/10 11:29 AM

Try Seattlefabrics.com
They might have something but I think the liner is the best bet.

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Date: 8/1/10 12:58 PM

Nikwax makes various kinds of serious waterproofers (spray-on, wash-in). My had a camp jacket that was getting kind of permeable, and at a recreational equipment store, he got advice to try the wash-in Nikwax, which he did. My, it gave the jacket such a disagreeable hand! He wound up throwing it away.

However, there are many different kinds of spray-on products out there which claim to be able to provide the major protection you're looking for. Just try googling something like 'spray-on waterproofer.' If you're wedded to the idea, it's probably only a matter of trying one product and then another until you find something acceptable. Or you could just get a liner.


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Date: 1/11/12 12:43 PM

I am resurrecting this thread to see if anyone has had success with waterproofing fabric, specifically a rtw coat with a poly/cotton shell? It would probably need to be a spray on. I now live in the Pacific NW, and wow, it rains a lot.

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Date: 1/11/12 4:57 PM

Check with the area dry cleaners. They offer that service here, in our area.

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Date: 1/12/12 5:03 AM

Check this thread

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Date: 1/12/12 11:10 AM

Hmmmm...I was looking at that scotch product, it doesn't sound that good. I will check out dry cleaners, it would be much nicer to have someone else do it, providing it is not too spendy.

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Date: 1/12/12 12:48 PM

You can use PUL. It is used in diaper making for keeping babies clothes dry. It has polyester on the outer side and has a laminate/coating on the inner side. It has many more uses than just cloth diapers. Joann, Hancocks carry it and so do many many websites.

I would recommend against laminating cotton fabric because it will wick even after laminating.

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Date: 1/15/12 8:54 PM

Hi ChristinePDX- I think the best available is water resistant spray for fabric, but it will not be waterproof. I used to live in the Willamette Valley in Oregon so used to search around for the perfect raingear to wear. The challenge for garments is that truly waterproof fabric does not breathe. It's all a continuum with Waterproof at one end and Breathability on the other (no matter what the ads claim). Some of the fabrics perform better than others at meeting somewhere in the middle. If you just need a raincoat for walking to and from house to car/bus to work, than the breathability is not as crucial as for hiking/bicycling. I always thought it was fun to have moss grow on the sidewalks during the 9 months of winter/rain.

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