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Old 02-10-2014, 11:56 PM   #1
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Options on sealing pinhole on 1997 Starcraft Meteor canvas

Hello,

I have a 1997 Starcraft Meteor which has developed a leak where the canvas rests on the bunks center support bar.

It will leak and water will drip from the center support bar during a heavy rain, especially if it is windy and the canvas (vinyl canvas?) flaps against the frame. I have had the trailer for about 5 years and this is the first sign of a leak. I don't use soap, just a brush and water to clean the canvas.

I can see what appears to be a pin hole where it rests on the bar. If not a pin hole, a thin spot. The rest of the canvas does not leak... and I live and camp year round in WA state. We are know to get rain. Most seems to fall on the weekends... It has been through nasty wind and rain storms, snow, and single digit temps.

Is a pin hole fixable? Do I address it from the inside or outside? What products are out there? Most answers I have came across had to do with sealing the seams or treating old school real canvas and the general opinion that the newer vinyl material is waterproof but I couldn't find anything about how to repair the newer material.

Thanks for reading this and I'd appreciate any knowledge you can share.

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Old 02-11-2014, 12:05 AM   #2
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In my kayaking days, AquaSeal was real popular for sealing pinhole leaks in a variety of materials:
Aquaseal Adhesive W/ Cotol-240
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Old 02-11-2014, 12:48 AM   #3
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In my kayaking days, AquaSeal was real popular for sealing pinhole leaks in a variety of materials:
Aquaseal Adhesive W/ Cotol-240
Thanks ependydad. I will check it out. I like that it stays flexible.
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Here's another product from the kayaking world that I thought of when I saw your post:
Tear Aid Review - An Emergency Repair Kit and Patch

NOTE- I've never tried these on pop-up campers or tenting! These were just the first things that came to mind from past experiences.

I've not actually used either of these but know folks who have used both.
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Old 02-11-2014, 01:29 AM   #5
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May be a good oppuntunity to try that Never Wet spray stuf, by Rustoleum!
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May be a good oppuntunity to try that Never Wet spray stuf, by Rustoleum!
Has anyone used it? From what I have read in reviews is that it isn't very durable. It wears off readily. I would worry it would fail in this application.

But, if there has been successful application of it on tent material I would love to hear some real world tent trailer stories.
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They make a clear tape for repairing awnings. This might work for your application.
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I've used iron on patches on the fabric side of the canvas on 3 occasions. Buy the color you need and cut to size.
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Now I have to have a dry spell to try some options out. Thanks everyone. May take a while until I can get to it. Hope to have it fixed by the 1st of April when the I go out in the Eastern WA desert for 10 days.
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