Has anyone ever re-waterproofed an older tent?
My parents let me borrow their older 20’x10’ Quest tent and it has seen better days. The fabric is see-through/worn along all the folds or wrinkles. I thought about buying some spray-on waterproofing, but I am unsure how much I would need or if it would even work. We took the tent camping over the weekend and it rained a lot. We had to set up and dry the tent out later.
I don’t know what kind of fabric it is and the idea of it melting or something breeds hesitation. I am trying to dig up information through the company about best practices, but have yet to hear back. Buying a comparable tent right now is very expensive and a lot of brands don’t have fully separate zippered rooms. There are so many things I like about this tent. I really don’t want to get rid of it. I want to use it forever so that it never hits a landfill, there is already so much waste in the world.
Also I have seen people reference re-sealing seems and think that I probably need to do that as well. Would you do that before or after re-waterproofing?
It seems to me that the tent is in good condition otherwise. Should I invest in this tent or is it a waste of time? Would the waste from the re-waterproofing be worse than getting a new tent?
I have a lot of research to do, but figured I would come here and see if anyone had first hand knowledge of the failure or success.