How to Waterproof Gore-Tex

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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)

Waterproofing

  • 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.

References

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