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Old 10-09-2010, 01:06 PM   #1
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bees wax

has anyone heard of using bees wax to seal a seam on a soft top? i was told to rub the bees wax into the thread and then heat with a hair dryer to melt into the seam

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Old 10-09-2010, 01:16 PM   #2
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interesting... But would radiant heat from the sun would melt it out?

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Old 10-09-2010, 01:28 PM   #3
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i would think not..it has a pretty high melt temp i believe
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Old 10-09-2010, 01:29 PM   #4
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I'd go to your local outdoors shop like REI and buy a waterproofing sealant designed for tents & such.
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Old 10-09-2010, 01:45 PM   #5
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i just looked it up and saw that the melting point of bees wax ia 143 - 148 degrees. Also the bees use it to build there nests and they always seem to build there nests where it is the hottest.....it seems to me that the wax would water proof the thread in the seam and make it shed water so the thread wont absorb water and wick thru but id like to hear form someone who has had expierence using it before i use it
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Old 10-09-2010, 05:37 PM   #6
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I have friends that have traveled all over Africa, Australia, the US, and other exotic places. They swear by bee's wax.
The wax gets in the thread and swells it. Reapply every so often.

They chided me with great enthusiasm when I bought a hi-tech product for my tent seams, used it, and the seams still leaked afterward. Lessons learned.

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Old 10-09-2010, 07:36 PM   #7
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I have never tried it like you want to but it is the main ingredient in a waterproofing compound I used to use on boots. It did a good job but you had to apply it frequently as it would leach out of the leather. I think it would work quite well on the soft top since it won't be flexed a lot or continously be in water and snow.
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thankyou hilldweller and arrowhead for your input on bees wax....i wish i could just find someone who has used it in the manner im talking about
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thankyou hilldweller and arrowhead for your input on bees wax....i wish i could just find someone who has used it in the manner im talking about
Ask in this forum and you'll reach a broader sample population. 4WD ragtops have been around for a long time and not just on Jeeps.
You can reach out to old-school D90/110/130 owners and other canvas tops that have been popular worldwide.
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Old 10-10-2010, 07:38 AM   #10
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i just looked it up and saw that the melting point of bees wax ia 143 - 148 degrees. Also the bees use it to build there nests and they always seem to build there nests where it is the hottest...
a valid point. im very curious to see how well it would work.
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Old 10-10-2010, 10:51 AM   #11
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Hi. I sew canvas and upholstery for a living and before I respond I have a couple of questions and then maybe I can offer some help. I apologize if my questions are redundant; I am a newb and just trying to find my way to help too!! What color is the fabric? Is this a seam on the hard top? Or window? Or seat? Where is the seam located? As in; Is it on a corner or straight line? Is it a high stress point? ie; over roll bar. Is it next to a zipper? Again , I ap[ologize for any dumb questions, but if you answer, I just may be able to help you.

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donnab,

the color of fabric is black and the seam runs along the top from front to back on both sides towards the edge of the roof. it runs in a straight line. its the flap that covers the zipper on a soft top. water leaks thru the seam on the flap and comes in via the zipper. Have you ever heard of iosso seam sealer?
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Old 10-10-2010, 11:43 AM   #13
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can you email me at porch1955@aol.com...... like to ask you more about this
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bee's wax is an old school sealer and has be used for hundreds of years....
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Old 10-10-2010, 01:52 PM   #15
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Its basically like my Barbour Wax Jacket. I've left that thing in my Jeep in 100+ Texas weather and its never melted and after 10 years of use and re-wax every couple of years it has never let me down.

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