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Old 22-12-2008, 10:25   #1
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Aqua seal

I have way too much time on my hands. I was looking on line for water proofing for charts and found this stuff called "Aqua Seal". Any one familiar with this stuff and if it works as advertised?
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I use it on my dry-suit cuffs and boots.

It's texture is like 5200 but over time starts to delaminate at the edges. And it doesn't like the sun, it turns yellow.
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If, Per chance, this is the same AquaSeal sold to scuba divers for wetsuit repairs, it is a urethane glue similar to Goop and I'd never try painting it on charts. Comes in a tube? Probably the wrong product for you, you need one of the watery ones sold in camping and other stores for waterproofing charts.
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Old 22-12-2008, 14:47   #4
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aqua seal

Not he same as the wet suit material. This out fit makes a variety of water proofing products for leather etc. They don't give a physical address but they are online as aqua seal .com
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Interesting.


Here's the glue, and the logo looks pretty much the same--two different companies marketing two different products under one same registered trademark?!
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I have no idea but my eyes do not deceive me. please note the space between aqua and seal.
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What space? Neither company uses one, and neither logo has one. The "AS" in the midle of each logo are actually continuous letters--not even separated. And, the web does not allow for a URL like "aqua seal.com", spaces are not allowed in URLs, their name is "aquaseal" too.

Now that I look at it, the artwork for the marks IS somewhat different--but similar enough that the average consumer would just say "something's diffferent, must be new packaging".
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I imagine AQUASEAL® MAP SEAL® is a surface sizing product, similar to those used by artists & (old fashioned) draftsmen. I'd expect such products to render charts "water-resistant". True "water-proof" charts would be made with sized wood fibre paper, subsequently surface sized.
Goto: Aquaseal® Map Seal®
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"True "water-proof" charts would be made with sized wood fibre paper, subsequently surface sized."
So it is true that Canada is so primitive you've never had true water-proof charts up there? In the US they are printed on plastic stock, similar to DuPont Tyvek, sometimes other latex-based sheets, but there's no wood or plant fiber used in our waterproof charts. They're plastic, plain and simple, no coating required.
Not available for everything--but nice when they are.

We also have large plastic "zip lock" map pouches, about 17" x 22" in size, to hold a folded chart or chart book and keep it dry but visible and useable above deck. You need a grease pencil or crayon to plot on them that way though.<G>
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Yes it's true. Our waterproof charts are done on birch bark. They double as emergency repair patches for our birch bark sailing canoes.
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"True "water-proof" charts would be made with sized wood fibre paper, subsequently surface sized."
So it is true that Canada is so primitive you've never had true water-proof charts up there? In the US they are printed on plastic stock, similar to DuPont Tyvek, sometimes other latex-based sheets, but there's no wood or plant fiber used in our waterproof charts. They're plastic, plain and simple, no coating required...
It's not Canada that's that primitive - it's I.
You're quite right about modern water-proof printed matter being synthetic.
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