WATERPROOFING WAGON COVER
WAGON COVERóCan you tell how to waterproof canvas for a wagon cover?
Stretch and tack down your canvas, then take a sponge and wet it down, then while still wet take s brush and put on a coat of linseed oil. After the oil is dry give the top three coats of white rubber paint and the sides, front and back two coats. I fixed my wagon cover that way 12 years ago and it does not leak at the present day, as the oil will force the water out. I had two-inch strips sewed to the top which kept the top from sagging. A reader writes: Take one gallon of raw linseed oil, put in a kettle and shave in a half bar of good laundry soap (which should be fresh as it dissolves better). Set on stove and boil slowly until soap is dissolved, set off, cool and apply freely to the outside, then on inside and you will find spots still unsaturated, so go over the inside lightly to complete it, then let dry thoroughly.
If a color is desired, use oil fixed as above to which add any of the following colors or mixtures of same which will bring most any desired shade: zinc white, yellow ochre (highest quality only), ultra marine blue, Vandyke brown or lamp black, all to be ground oil colors, i.e., ground in oil by the manufacturer. Do not use any turpentine. If a paint is used it will set hard, be cracked by the constant flapping of the wagon and then leak.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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