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jeep4evr


Jul 16, 2005, 10:50 PM
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I washed my first rope for the first time today, and it got me thinking: Hmmm, how long does the stock dry treatment usually last before I should think about getting a bottle and applying it back on? I hope someone more knowledgeable than me can answer this 8^)


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In terms of keeping water out of a rope the treatment will fail within the first 2 or 3 uses. This does not mean the rope will be a sponge. It will absorb water but not as fast as a rope with no treatment. Nylon readily wicks water so as soon as it finds a way into the rope it will travel easily within the rope.
Washing a rope may or may not improve (refurbish) the treatment. If you use something like Sport Wash from Atsko or Wicked Good Rope Wash from Sterling the treatment should not degrade and in fact has been shown to revive the water repellent.
There are some after market treatments that are made for nylon fabrics that may work to keep water out but they are short lived. The treatments that work best require heat to cure them but this is not something anyone should undertake without some extremely serious knowledge of the subject and the proper equipment; definitely not something to do at home.
In the end the best function of dry treatments is to reduce abrasion. The treatments act as a lubricant.
To answer your question about whether or not you should treat your rope yourself, well, in order to be affective at repelling water you would need to treat it a day or two before each use and even then expect your rope to get wet to some degree if it comes in contact with water.
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first 2 or 2 uses? You saying dry ropes that costs $30 bucks more only lasts twice?


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first 2 or 2 uses? You saying dry ropes that costs $30 bucks more only lasts twice?

what I read (and this matches my experience) is that the treatment won't keep your rope 100% dry after a few uses on rock. The dry treatment will still repel some water, and reduce drag/improve rope durability long beyond that.


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first 2 or 2 uses? You saying dry ropes that costs $30 bucks more only lasts twice?

2 or 3, typo...
and yes $30 for it.


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