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Formulas for Waterproofing

WATERPROOFING CANVAS
  • 3 cups soybean oil (available from grocery or health food store)
  • 1 1/2 cups turpentine
Mix ingredients together. Paint on surfaces of tents, awnings, car and boat covers, etc., and let dry. Store in a cool place, out of reach of children and pets. Reapply after a year or two of hard use or outdoor exposure.

This is great for tents, awnings and camping equipment.

WATERPROOFING LEATHER FOR OUTDOOR USE

Method 1: Heat together in a double boiler

  • 2 1/2 ounces neat's-foot oil (be careful - oil is flammable - available from boot or shoe store)
  • 3/4 ounce mineral oil (available from drugstore or chemical supply house) and
  • 1/2 ounce of tallow (be careful tallow is flammable - available from meat market)
Stir gently until well mixed. Cool and bottle. Use a cloth to rub into shoes and boots.

Method 2: Mix 1 tablespoon silicone oil (available from foundry or foundry supply dealer) into 1 cup of Stoddard solvent (hardware store, drugstore or drycleaning shop). Apply liberally.

WATERPROOFING CONCRETE

Mix 1 1/4 pounds ammonium stearate (available from drugstore or chemical supply house) into 4 gallons of hot water and apply two coats with a large paint brush.

This can be used for a concrete garden wall,foundation or a floor which becomes wet repeatedly.

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