Gore-Tex is a special type of material that is generally either waterproof or water-resistant. This material is used to make clothing such as boots, gloves and jackets. Gore-Tex is marketed for those who spend time outdoors in the elements. Many outdoor enthusiasts opt to add another waterproof layer to Gore-Tex items, despite its water-resistant nature.
Things You'll Need
- Gore-Tex clothing
- Waterproofing spray
- Cardboard (optional)
Lay the cardboard on your workbench or other outdoor work area. Be sure that the cardboard covers the entire work area.
Lay your Gore-Tex items on top of the cardboard.
Spread out your Gore-Tex item as much as possible. The point is to make as much of the material as accessible as possible.
Spray the exposed layer of Gore-Tex in long smooth motions. You might notice that the material appears darker as it is sprayed --- the Gore-Tex will return to its normal color after the waterproofing spray dries.
Let the Gore-Tex dry for approximately five minutes. The time it takes to dry will vary depending on what waterproofing spray you choose.
Rotate the item so that you have access to the untreated side.
Spray the untreated side.
Allow the item to dry for 24 hours before using it. Using it before the 24 hours might cause the waterproof coating to wear off.
Tips & Warnings
- Waterproofing spray can be purchased at most home improvement stores as well as outdoor supply stores.
- Perform this task in a well-ventilated area.
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