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    My horses once waterproof turnout blanket was really put to the test the other day when it poured all night. Unfortunately, it failed the test and both the blanket and him were soaked to the core. I guess my Schneiders turnout has lost it's waterproof capabilities. Just wondering if anyone can give me advice on waterproofing it. I know sporting goods store carry waterproofing sprays, but is that safe for the blanket? I don't want to ruin it.

    Thanks

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    I use an aerosol waterproofing spray, that I find at Walmart. The cap is dayglo orange, hard to miss! Looks like this:

    http://www.oneinhundred.com/upfiles/...e--5746727.jpg

    Just spray the whole CLEAN blanket, takes about 1 can per blanket. Allow it to dry COMPLETELY, and voila.
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    • #3
      That aerosol spray is called Camp Dry, I use it too!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by winegum View Post
        My horses once waterproof turnout blanket was really put to the test the other day when it poured all night. Unfortunately, it failed the test and both the blanket and him were soaked to the core. I guess my Schneiders turnout has lost it's waterproof capabilities. Just wondering if anyone can give me advice on waterproofing it. I know sporting goods store carry waterproofing sprays, but is that safe for the blanket? I don't want to ruin it.

        Thanks
        Schneiders seem to have a reputation for not being waterproof, or for losing the waterproofing very quickly. In all the threads about them, that seems to be the biggest concern with them.

        You can buy spray cans of waterproofing in the camp supply section of sporting goods stores. I've never had to use it as I have primarily used Weatherbeetas, and some of my blankets are over 5 years old and still as waterproof as the day I bought them.

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        • #5
          I also use the spray cans of waterproofing stuff. I usually do them just about every or every other time I wash them, especially with the schneiders blankets. It is an easy fix, just make sure you do it out in the open, that stuff stinks and the fumes probably aren't too good for you!

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          • #6
            I only use Weatherbeeta, but I waterproof mine each year, I use the same stuff as SublimeEquine, neon orange cap at WM $5 a can. It's not Camp Dry tho, WM doesn't carry it, Dick's does, but it's almost $10 a can, I'm cheap!
            I use 2 cans on a 78-82, can't remember the size, blanket, two coats, one can per coat. I'm also a little obsessive, but mine stay outside 24/7, and I want them DRY, an extra $5 won't break the bank!

            PS- NixWax was originally developed for tents, I found this out when I look into the stuff. After learning that, there was no way I was paying $20+ for their product.

            LBR
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            • #7
              Do one can vertically, and the other horizontally, you won't miss any spots!
              I reject your reality, and substitute my own- Adam Savage

              R.I.P Ron Smith, you'll be greatly missed

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                #8
                thanks so much for all the replys. It's ok ladybugred- i am conservative as well. Can't afford to spend too much money on one thing if I dont have too

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                • #9
                  Boy, what am I doing wrong? I had a couple of rain sheets that were no longer water proof, got the camp spray stuff at Walmart and sprayed away. Two cans each sheet. Let dry completely. Next time it rained, I put the sheets on my two horses, and they proceeded to get soaked under the sheets. Argh!

                  So now I have 2 sheets that I'll never use again, but are in ok (not ripped or missing straps/buckles) shape...so I can't bring myself to throw them away!

                  Sorry to hijack, but I'm proof that this doesn't always work.

                  Or maybe I just used the wrong stuff.
                  Last edited by TBMaggie; Nov. 17, 2010, 09:26 PM. Reason: Added....

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                  • #10
                    Cheapskates unite!!!!

                    TBMaggie- I wish I had some insight as to why it didn't work for you. When I do it, I do one light coat, allow to dry & cure for 24 hrs. Then do the next layer, let cure. I've been doing this for 5 yrs, and never had an issue.

                    LBR
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                    R.I.P Ron Smith, you'll be greatly missed

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                    • #11
                      I recently interviewed a professional blanket cleaner/repair person about this for an article I wrote on winter horse care.

                      She told me that do-it-yourself waterproofing does not work as well as having it done by a professional. She uses a special product and she also told me that the blanket has to be absolutely spotless, free of all dirt and fur, or it won't work.

                      If you'd like to pm me, I'll send you her contact information. Her prices for laundering and waterproofing are very good.

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                      • #12
                        Schneiders guarantees waterproofness for only 1 to 2 years. Don't know if it has to be used in that time or not -- with mine, I'd say not. I will not buy a turnout from them again. I have two and both are useless in the rain.

                        I might try the camping spray trick. However, are the blankets still breathable when you use that stuff?
                        "If you can't feed 'em, don't breed 'em."

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by sublimequine View Post
                          I use an aerosol waterproofing spray, that I find at Walmart. The cap is dayglo orange, hard to miss! Looks like this:

                          http://www.oneinhundred.com/upfiles/...e--5746727.jpg

                          Just spray the whole CLEAN blanket, takes about 1 can per blanket. Allow it to dry COMPLETELY, and voila.
                          I use this too. It works really well.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by chai View Post
                            I recently interviewed a professional blanket cleaner/repair person about this for an article I wrote on winter horse care.

                            She told me that do-it-yourself waterproofing does not work as well as having it done by a professional. She uses a special product and she also told me that the blanket has to be absolutely spotless, free of all dirt and fur, or it won't work.
                            I recently sent a blanket to a professional to be cleaned and re-waterproofed and the first time my mare had it on in the rain she got soaked. It was an old Rider's that I got from her previous owner so maybe it was just too far gone for the waterproofing to be effective. I went ahead and invested in a Rambo because I need to know that she's going to be dry.

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                            • #15
                              TB Maggie.....

                              same issue, blanket was clean and dry- 1 can- sprayed vert and horiz- cured for 6 hrs between coats. very wet blanket and horse after a rainy day turn-out. makes me very upset.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by sublimequine View Post
                                I use an aerosol waterproofing spray, that I find at Walmart. The cap is dayglo orange, hard to miss! Looks like this:

                                http://www.oneinhundred.com/upfiles/...e--5746727.jpg

                                Just spray the whole CLEAN blanket, takes about 1 can per blanket. Allow it to dry COMPLETELY, and voila.
                                I have a love/hate relationship with Walmart.
                                Great prices and all. But I searched the camping section high and low today and couldn't find "Camp Dry"... Of course, no one ever around to ask either.

                                OTOH, got a nice pair of barn jeans for $16.00
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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by ladybugred View Post
                                  Cheapskates unite!!!!

                                  TBMaggie- I wish I had some insight as to why it didn't work for you. When I do it, I do one light coat, allow to dry & cure for 24 hrs. Then do the next layer, let cure. I've been doing this for 5 yrs, and never had an issue.

                                  LBR
                                  Yes, I believe on the can, it also says to spray twice. Allow to dry for at least 4 hours??? But, I wait and do the other coat the next day.

                                  Just hold your breath, that stuff smells toxic!
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