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Just wondering what techniques there are out there.
My sleeping pad (BA Insulated Air Core) slides all over the place.
Any recommendations?
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Cut some 100% silicone adhesive with white gas or mineral sprits. (About 50/50) Take a disposable foam brush and "paint" spots of the mix on the high points (in the case of one with tubes) of the bottom of your pad. Let dry overnight.

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Cut some 100% silicone adhesive with white gas or mineral sprits. (About 50/50) Take a disposable foam brush and "paint" spots of the mix on the high points (in the case of one with tubes) of the bottom of your pad. Let dry overnight.

What's the advantage to cutting the silicone with white gas or mineral spirits (not doubting, just curious)?

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Seam grip spots about a foot apart.

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If you have a slippery tent floor , like silnylon, add some strips/dots to that too.
Anti slip
I did another couple of Neo Air mats recently , it worked well.
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I've heard that seam grip works pretty well. I think I'm going to give that a try.
Does diameter matter much?
I'm thinking many smaller spots > few large ones?
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I've heard that seam grip works pretty well. I think I'm going to give that a try.
Does diameter matter much?
I'm thinking many smaller spots > few large ones?

Smaller spots works better for me actually. The big ones wore off faster for me (I suspect due to fold/roll).


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What's the advantage to cutting the silicone with white gas or mineral spirits (not doubting, just curious)?

Using full strength results in heavy blobs that peel off down the trail. the thinned mixture works better. It is the same stuff you mix up to seal a tarptent.

Like Franco mentioned I put the dots on my tent floor with all my TT's.


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What's the advantage to cutting the silicone with white gas or mineral spirits (not doubting, just curious)?

Using full strength results in heavy blobs that peel off down the trail. the thinned mixture works better. It is the same stuff you mix up to seal a tarptent.

Like Franco mentioned I put the dots on my tent floor with all my TT's.

I agree, although I paint areas of my tent floor the same way, instead of using dots.  Also, it's easier to apply the amount you want of the silicone to the place you want it when it's been thinned.
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Thanks!

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The BAIC is infamous for this. If my tent was on the slightest slope I would wake up crammed down into one corner of the tent. Problem completely solved with an Exped Synmat.
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Best to use odorless thinner.

Use a small clean can (tuna fish).  Fill it 1/4 full with GE Silicone II.  Fill it to half full with thinner.

Stir slowly enough not to slosh it around.  Have patience it will 'dissolve' but will take awhile.  You have about an hour to play with it until it sets up.  Use large empty boxes in tent if you need to keep the walls from sticking to the floor.

Seam sealer might be cheaper (it doesn't take much out of the tube of Silicone-II) and less messy.

Just paint it on thin in spots for weight and durability.


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Another vote for silicone cut with mineral spirits. When I sealed my Tarptent I did the tent floor at the same time, and I've never had any problems with sliding. Applying to a sleeping pad would likely do the same thing.

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