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The Nikwax Tent and Gear SolarProof is a spray-on waterproofing and UV blocker for all weatherproof textiles including tents, awnings, marquees, rucksacks, panniers and camera bags. It Maintains the water repellency tents and outdoor gear and protects tents and gear against UV degradation. One application can double the effective life of gear and gear drying quickly for packing away. Easy to use, this treatment is ideal for all weatherproof textiles including tents, awnings, marquees, rucksacks, panniers and camera bags. To apply protect working surface and lay clean wet item flat or erect tent. - spray evenly to outside of fabric. - wait for 2 minutes. Remove any surplus product with a damp cloth. Check carefully to ensure no areas have been missed. Drying Item(s) should be air dried (after several minutes check for and remove surplus product with a damp cloth). Allow item(s) to dry fully before packing away. When to use this product Always apply this product to new or used tents and equipment to keep items in perfect water-repellent condition, and protect against UV degradation. Remember to clean gear first with Nikwax Tech Wash before applying Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof®


  • Maintains the water repellency tents and outdoor gear
  • Protects tents and gear against UV degradation One application can double the effective life of gear
  • Gear dries quickly for packing away
  • Easy to use
  • Can be used on all weatherproof textiles

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Review Summary

4.7 out of 5

14 Reviews

  • Great value: 4
  • Performance: 4
  • Ease of use: 3

Quality: 4.8 / 5

14 Ratings & Reviews

Quality: 5 / 5

The best sealer I've found
February 17, 2012

Nikwax works, believe it. I've been using it for years to seal nylon tents, and I'm always amazed at its quality. My tents have been through some rough weather with no leaks. It does take a little work wiping the tent down after treatment, but it takes much less product to get results than the spray can sealers I once used, plus Nikwax lasts for multiple seasons with one treatment unlike the yearly ritual I once went through with other brands. It's also never ruined the color of my tents. I highly recommend this product.

Pros: Performance, Great value

Revived Troops Aging Tents
July 30, 2009

Our Boy Scout troop purchased this product to water proof our aging Eureka tents. The tents soaked up the sealer. Two days later at camp it rained. Sealer definitely was working. We did use slightly more that nikwax indicated we would need per tent. Product worked as advertised!

Quality: 5 / 5
from Indianapolis, IN
25-34 yrs

Nikwax Solar & Waterproof Tent & Gear Protector
May 30, 2011

I have already sprayed down my new tent with this UV/Water proofer with the Nikwax 10 oz bottle. It says the 10 oz bottle will be enough for a 2 person tent; however, I was able to spray down my 67 liter backpack and 25 liter daypacks too. This stuff goes a long way once you wipe the gear/tent down after you've sprayed it. I almost went through a whole paper towel roll wiping my tent down so don't go crazy and empty the bottle on your tent trying to spray and saturate every single little spot. You'll get plenty of coverage when you wipe it down. I have not used my tent and gear in the outdoors yet since spraying it down, but I purchased this product because of all the other high quality reviews it received on here. Will be spending a week in the backcountry of Grand Canyon this July and will be putting it to the test!

Pros: Ease of use, Great value

Highly recommended for Tents!
July 02, 2009

Three weeks ago, I purchased a brand new Coleman Kohna 8 Tent. Having gotten extremely tired of numerous nylon tents degrading and eventually shredded by UV and a slight breeze, I wanted to protect this one. I Googled and found this product here on Altrec. With it being an 8 person Tent, I ordered 2 500 Ml bottles of it. All I was really interested in was the UV Protection. As any good owner of a new tent, I set it up and seam sealed it. (All new tents need to be seam sealed.) I figured I'd leave it up until the Nikwax Tent and Gear Proof got here. It turned out to be a very rainy week. In that rainy week, I learned that the tent's waterproofing wasn't all that great. The seams were watertight but the fabric wasn't. It didn't exactly leak but it did soak through in places making the fabric darker where water had soaked in and small rivlets of water ran along it inside. The Nikwax arrived and the weather broke. I followed the directions on the bottle and treated all of the exposed areas of the tent and let it dry. The next day it poured out. And the day after that. And the day after that. And a driving, heavy, windblown rain came down the day after that! The tent was bone dry inside with no indication of water infiltration into the fabric whatsoever. If that isn't a test I don't know what is. If the UV protection is as good as the Water protection, I'm going to be a VERY happy camper. Literally. Nope, the stuff ain't cheap but if you value your gear and a nice, comfortable, dry place to stay in the Outdoors, my opinion is that it's worth every penny for old or new gear. I wish I'd found this stuff years ago! On a side note, Coleman obviously ain't what it used to be. There's just a bit of sadness to be had there.

Quality: 4 / 5
from Northwest
35-44 yrs

It works!
May 29, 2011

Buy extra because it goes fast. Using on a wet tent and then letting dry seemed to give better coverage. I still used slightly more than recommended. From the bottle - recommended coverage 10 fluid oz for 2 person tent 17 fluid oz for 3-4 person tent 35 fluid oz for family (5-8) person tent 88 fluid oz for large family (9-16) person tent Water beads up and doesn't soak into tent. It works.

Pros: Ease of use
Quality: 5 / 5

Over 65 yrs

Works Great
April 03, 2012

Sprayed this on a six year old Black Diamond Lighthouse two person tent, and tested it with spray from a garden hose with great results. The inside stayed dry. I had a little product left over, but that's better than running out in the middle of the job.

Pros: Performance, Ease of use

great stuff
July 30, 2009

bought the 500ml bottle for weatherproofing a canopy cover on the patio 10 ft x 10 ft. I wish I had bought a larger bottle. Still it worked great . Easy to use and effective at keeping us and our chairs dry. Thanks, Fast shipping too!

Quality: 5 / 5
from Chesapeake Bay, MD
Over 65 yrs

Good for Boat Covers
January 11, 2012

I use this coating on my boat cover on my trailered boat. 1L of solution is good for one application and lasts me a whole season in the Maryland: snow, ice, rain, sun, wind, etc. A good boat cover is essential to keeping my boat in good condition and protected from the elements, and since my cover is rather expensive as well this product is an easy way for me to extend the life and usefulness of the cover. I use the spray bottle from my original purchase of Nikwax and just refill it with a 1L bottle to save some money. Great product. Would definitely recommend.

Pros: Performance, Great value
from Luttrell, TN
45-54 yrs

Waterproofing two tents
October 04, 2010

I purchased the Nikwax Tent and Gear Waterproofing after researching tent waterproofing online. The Nikwax was very easy to use, I like the fact that it's a water-based product. I was able to set my tents up inside the house and treat them inside since I have plenty of extra space. I was able to treat a new Marmot 3-person tent and a well-used REI 2-person tent with a 32 oz. bottle. I used several coats on the REI tent since it's 12 years old. I took the Marmot out last weekend, it didn't rain, but I am sure the waterproofing will get tested in the near future.

Pros: Performance, Ease of use, Great value

another great product from nikwax
May 06, 2009

This stuff works great, just like all the products I have purchased so far from nikwax. I use this product on a variety of camping gear, and it has replenished the water barrier successfully on each and every one of those items.

Works great
September 27, 2009

Purchased the 500ml bottle to weatherproof a one man tent fly. I applied two coats and used 3/4 of the bottle. Easy to apply and works great. Eliminated the fly from wetting through to the tent fabric.

Helped water proof my tent but not my pack.
May 22, 2010

Got caught in rain early in the day, steady but not hard rain, and my pack was wet inside in no time flat. By the end of the day I had water pooled up in the bottom of my pack. It worked fine on my tent although my tent was wet inside my pack when I got it out Got my tent set up in the rain, and I wiped the inside of the tent dry with a camp towel and hoped for a dry night.Inside the tent stayed dry all night long with only a couple of drips at the zipper of the rain fly in the morning. I'm not sure that this may have been the right product for using to waterproof my pack. Next time I'll try one of the other products and test it at home before I hit the trail and find out the hard way if it going to work as expected or not.

Great Product
May 03, 2009

I've been using this product for the past four years, for my 20+ old boat canvas. I was looking for something to stop water from coming through my old canvas, you can actually see light through. I found Nikwax through a google search thought I give it a try, now I use it every year with great results. Boat canvas is a very expensive option, it will help sell the boat but adds nothing to the resale value. Nikwax has prolong the life of my canvas the water runs off not through, and saved me alot of money. It makes me want to use this old saying "like water off a ducks back"

Quality: 5 / 5

from Atlanta, GA
25-34 yrs

Great stuff
May 04, 2011

There's a reason this stuff gets good reviews - it's easy and it works. The 1L (or 33 oz, whatever) size adequately covered my large tent (like 9'x9'), the fly for that tent, and my 15'x15' 5-sided shade-tent/canopy, with a little left over. Might be enough left to cover my backpacking tent too, but I haven't tried yet. One downside, this size doesn't come with a spray nozzle (not sure why), but just get separate spray bottle - you probably have one laying around somewhere anyways. No more leaks!

Pros: Performance

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