Canvas Cote

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Shalex Canvas Cote is a waterborne waterproofing compound designed to penetrate fabrics such as canvas and provide an impervious membrane to stop the ingress of shallow pooling water and wind driven rain, and to prolong the life of ageing canvas products.


Canvas Cote dries clear and remains highly flexible under extreme elongation and under constant exposure to moisture and/or hydrostatic pressure. Canvas Cote is suitable for more open weave fabrics and is able to plug needle punch holes and leaking seams, where silicone-based sealers are ineffective.


Once applied Canvas Cote forms an acrylic membrane and will provide a barrier to water penetration for many years. Unlike silicone water repellents Canvas Cote does not require periodic treatment. Canvas cote may slightly stiffen thinner fabrics as it forms a flexible film.

  • Tarpaulins
  • Horse Rugs
  • Animal Rugs
  • Tents
  • Annexes
  • Awnings
  • Adds to the life of ageing canvas products
  • Effective on needle punch holes and leaky seams
  • Does not require periodic application
  • One component
  • Highly flexible, accommodates movement
  • Waterborne for easy application and clean up
  • Safe to use with minimal vapour
  • Dries to a clear, transparent finish
  • Permanently flexible, excellent resistance to embrittlement
  • Outstanding adhesion over a wide variety of substrates
  • May be painted over with any acrylic based paint (e.g. stencils)



Many canvas products are treated with silicone-based sealers and these may interfere with the penetration of Canvas Cote. We recommend a water bead test to a small section to confirm absorption.


Place a small amount of water on the fabric and check for absorption (usually indicated by a darkening of the fabric).




Given the wide variety of substrates and site-specific conditions, it is advisable to check adhesion prior to job commencement.




Smaller items may be dipped in a bath of Canvas Cote to ensure complete coverage and penetration. Ensure the item is moved around to clear any air voids and hang to dry to remove excess.



Canvas Cote is designed as a penetrative sealer and may leave a slightly tacky residue on zippers, eyelets and other non-porous fittings. We recommend removing Canvas Cote from these items with a rag before dry.


Customers are advised to consider the information in this data sheet in the context of how the product will be used, including surfaces and any other products used. The information provided in this data sheet represents our best scientific and practical knowledge. Any advice, information or assistance provided by Shalex in relation to its products is given in good faith, however, is provided without liability or responsibility. Due to the wide variety of site conditions we are unable to assume liability for any loss that may arise from the use of our products. The user is responsible for checking the suitability of products for their intended use.

Shipping Information

Canvas Cote is a water based sealer and not classified as a dangerous good for transportation. We can ship this product to all areas via postal services and have express courier options for selected locations. Add this product to your cart and use the estimate shipping and tax feature to view shipping charges to your location.

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