How to Waterproof a Camera Bag

Photographers who work outdoors or in inclement weather can benefit from having a waterproof camera bag. As with any electronic equipment, it is important to prevent any water damage. A waterproof camera bag will allow for all of the equipment to be stored safely and be protected.

It is easy to waterproof a camera bag by following a few simple steps. Supplies that you will need include the bag, waterproofing spray, rubber sealant and acid free packing tape.

Step 1: Clean the Entire Camera Bag

Make sure that your camera bag has been thoroughly been cleaned inside and out. Keep in mind that most waterproofing sprays will seal in dirt and make stains permanent, which will make them very difficult if not impossible to remove. If you have used a liquid cleaner on the bag, make sure that the bag is completely dry before proceeding to the next step.

Step 2: Treat All Seams

Depending on the construction of your bag, you will have to treat the seams accordingly. If it has overlapping seams like on clothing, you will not need to use any sealant. Any other type of seam will need to be treated with a small amount of rubber sealant by running its applicator along the length of the seam. This can also be applied where two panels meet and are stitched inside of the bag. Make sure that the sealant has had time to dry prior to moving on to the next step.

Step 3: Choose the Right Waterproof Spray

The fabric of your camera bag will determine what type of waterproof spray will be needed. For natural fabrics such as canvas, you will use a silicone based spray. All other fabric types will require a petroleum based spray. Make sure to test spray a small, hidden part of the bag to make sure that the spray you choose will not discolor or react negatively to the bag material.

Step 4: Spray the Exterior of the Camera Bag

Using even strokes, spray the waterproof spray over the entire exterior of the bag, including the zippers (that are zipped shut). Make sure all areas are covered, and pay special attention to all of the seams and to the bottom of the bag. After the bag is completely dry, you can repeat this process for extra waterproofing protection. Make sure that you are spraying the bag in a well ventilated area for your safety. You can also use a mask to avoid any fumes.

Step 5: Cover the Zippers with Tape

When spraying the bag, you will have sprayed the zippers also. This will not make them completely waterproof. For added protection, place acid free packing tape over the zippers. The tape will not leave noticeable residue when removed. You will need to reapply the tape each time the camera bag is used.

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