1. How-to - Outdoor Water Shield
Heavy Duty Water Shield

How to use Scotchgard™ Heavy Duty Water Shield

Get the ultimate protection against the elements.
  • 1. Prepare

    Protect other nearby surfaces from overspray. If overspray occurs, quickly wipe up.

  • 2. Shake

    Shake can well. Apply only to clean, dry articles.

  • 3. Test

    Test for colorfastness. Spray in an inconspicuous area and allow article to dry completely to test for color change. May give fabric a slightly darker, richer tone.

  • 4. Spray

    Spray with a slow, sweeping motion 6’’ to 8’’ away from article. Cover article uniformly, but do not saturate.

  • 5. Dry

    Allow article to dry completely before using.

  • 6. Reapply

    Reapply seasonally or as needed, and after cleaning to maintain repellency.

Protect your whole collection of outdoor gear and furniture
  • Chair

    Outdoor furniture

    Save your cushions from downpours.

  • Tent

    Tents and tarps

    Shut out the rain and sleep tight.

  • Grill Cover

    Grill and boat covers

    Make sure your summer fun stays dry.


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Frequently asked questions

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  • What kinds of things can I use Scotchgard™ Heavy Duty Water Shield on?
    Use Scotchgard™ Heavy Duty Water Shield on fabric patio furniture, sporting gear, boat covers, backpacks, tents, outerwear, and leather.
  • How long does Scotchgard™ Heavy Duty Water Shield take to dry?
    At about average room temperature (21°C, 50% Humidity), your fabric should dry overnight, but make sure to check before you start using treated surfaces again. When it’s colder or more humid, it might take longer for your surfaces to dry. Ventilating the area by opening windows, using a fan, or applying the product outdoors will help Scotchgard™ Heavy Duty Water Shield dry faster. If you’re just drying between coats, 2 – 4 hours is usually sufficient.
  • What fabrics can Scotchgard™ Heavy Duty Water Shield be used on?

    In general, Scotchgard™ Heavy Duty Water Shield can be used on cotton, cotton blends, leather, suede, nylon, canvas, and polyester.


    If in doubt, test a small, out-of-the-way spot first to make sure your fabric will stay colorfast.


    If you use Scotchgard™ Heavy Duty Water Shield to treat outdoor gear with white rubber soles, the soles may turn yellow – if that happens, clean the affected area as soon as possible with rubbing alcohol.

  • How often should Scotchgard™ Heavy Duty Water Shield be reapplied?
    Reapply Scotchgard™ Heavy Duty Water Shield seasonally or as needed to maintain repellency.
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