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Tent & Gear SolarProof®

The easy to use, safe, high performance waterproofing and UV blocker for all synthetic weatherproof textiles.

Adds Durable Water Repellency, increases fabric strength & protects against UV deterioration; one application can double the effective life of fabrics. Can be applied to wet or dry synthetic fabrics.

Why exposure to UV can compromise synthetic materials...

Synthetic fabrics used for tents and rucksacks are coated with a water repellent treatment. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light both destroys the water repellency and leads to a reduction in fabric tear strength, significantly shortening the lifespan of equipment.

The application of Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof® can double the effective life of equipment by protecting against UV damage, while also providing Durable Water Repellency (DWR) to keep the rain out.

Tent and rucksack fabrics are light and strong, but vulnerable...

Tents and rucksacks use synthetic fabrics, such as nylon or polyester, with a thin watertight polyurethane (PU) or elastomeric coating on the inside and a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) coating on the outside. This combination gives great strength and water resistance, combined with light weight; ideal attributes for outdoor equipment.

Unfortunately these fabrics are vulnerable to sunlight and in two weeks of continuous exposure, can lose up to half of their strength. Additionally, the inner coating will degrade if it is left damp for long periods.

Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof® protects the entire fabric, from the effects of both UV and water.

Anyone who is active outdoors needs waterproof equipment...

Whether it be a day-to-day rucksack, panniers on your bike, or a tent for summer holidays, most of us have outdoor equipment of some description. Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof® helps your equipment to work better and for longer.

Use Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof® when your gear is new...

To most effectively benefit from the ultraviolet (UV) and Durable Water Repellent (DWR) protection of Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof® it is best applied to equipment from new.

During use the equipment fabric will pick up dirt and other contaminants which stop water from beading on the fabric surface. When this occurs the DWR can be revitalised by cleaning with Nikwax Tech Wash®.

Over time the DWR will wear off through use. Both the DWR and UV protection can be replenished by reapplication of Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof®.

Being WaterBased, Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof® is safe to apply...

Alternative waterproofing products are solvent-based, aerosols, or use fluorocarbons and leave a surface coating on your outdoor equipment. These products are flammable and from a health point of view it is best not to breathe in their solvent or propellant content.

Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof® is a safe product to use on your outdoor equipment. It is WaterBased, non-flammable, contains no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and is fluorocarbon free.

Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof® has been specifically designed and optimised for outdoor equipment to provide Durable Water Repellency (DWR) and ultraviolet (UV) protection. Unlike solvent-based products, which need to be applied to dry materials, Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof® can be applied to wet or dry fabrics. So if your equipment is wet there is no need to wait for it to dry before you treat it with Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof®.

For best results make sure you use the correct product...

Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof® has been specifically formulated for synthetic outdoor equipment to provide Durable Water Repellency (DWR) and ultraviolet (UV) protection.

If your equipment is made of cotton, polycotton or canvas, make sure you use Nikwax Cotton Proof™ for best results.

How Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof® gives dual protection...

Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof® adds Durable Water Repellency (DWR), to the maximum testable standard, and ultraviolet (UV) protection, to inhibit the reduction of fabric tear strength caused by UV rays.

Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof® can be applied to wet or dry synthetic fabrics. It is WaterBased, non-aerosol, non-flammable, non-hazardous and environmentally friendly. It contains no harmful solvents or volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and is completely fluorocarbon free.

Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof® saves you money by potentially doubling the useful life of your gear.

Like all Nikwax products, Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof® is safe to use...

Nikwax takes great care to minimise the effect of Nikwax products on the environment and on you, the consumer. Nikwax waterproofing products are WaterBased, non-aerosol, non-flammable, non-hazardous and environmentally friendly. They contain no harmful solvents or volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and are completely free of fluorocarbons (which have been shown to be persistent in the environment and have been associated with serious health issues).

People who use Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof® say that it does the job...

Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof® is the product of choice of professional Outdoor trainers.

To find out more about people who are using Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof®, and other Nikwax products, take a look at our testimonials page (coming soon).

Apply Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof® by hand...

For best results always clean item(s) first. No need to dry item(s) before waterproofing.

  • Protect working surface and lay clean wet item flat, or erect tent and wet.
  • Spray evenly to outside of fabric. Avoid rucksack straps.
  • Wait for 2 minutes. Remove any surplus product with a damp cloth.
  • Check carefully to ensure no areas have been missed.
  • After several minutes check for and remove surplus product with a damp cloth*.

*Marks may appear on fabric if excess product is not wiped away. Test on a hidden area first.

Use approximately 50ml of product per 1m2 of fabric.

The coverage is approximate and depends on the condition of the fabric being treated.

To maintain waterproofing always clean with Nikwax Tech Wash®. Do not use detergents.

To waterproof cotton, polycotton or canvas use Nikwax Cotton Proof™.

Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof® treated equipment needs no heat to develop Durable Water Repellency (DWR)...

DWR and ultraviolet (UV) protection will develop once the fabric is dry. Allow item(s) to dry fully before packing away.