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Waterproofing Canvas

Mix 3 cups soybean oil (available from grocery or health food store) with 1 1/2 cups turpentine.
Paint on and let dry.
Reapply after a year or two of hard use or outdoor exposure.
This is great for tents, awnings and camping equipment.




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)
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.




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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