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How to Waterproof Matches from June 21st, 2008

Jan 18th 2011 at 8:10 AM

Originally published, by me, on the Yahoo! Contributor Network. June 21st, 2008.

This'll save your tail-feathers on that camping trip or in the middle of any situation where you'll need fire and conditions may not be ideal. Even if you're not much of a camper you should always have a box or so of these handy 'just in case.' You just never know when they might come in handy! I carry these even if I'm not 'camping', so much, as just traveling. Keep a few, safely stowed away from children, around the house, car, and at work.

What you'll need:

Wooden matches
Styrofoam egg carton
Clear nail polish

How to do it:

1. With the applicator brush that comes with the bottle, brush clear nail polish over the striking head of each match. Be sure to cover the area thoroughly. Simple. Huh?

2. Poke the stick end into the bottom of the styrofoam egg carton into the bottom of each egg partition so that the painted tips are sticking up. Don't let the match heads touch.

3. Let the matches dry completely, then give them a second coat. Let them dry overnight this time.

4. The next morning, if you like, go ahead and test one by first, dipping it in water, and then striking the match on the side of the matchbox.

Why does it work?

Who cares? It does! That's what counts! But for the sake of those of you who are about as too-curious as me: The nail-polish coats the chemicals on the match head enough to keep water from neutralizing them. However, it's not sealed enough to prevent the reaction when you strike it, it's easily scratched off, and the chemicals will ignite as intended.

I'd recommend you treat 'strike anywhere' matches in case your box is wet too. All you need then is a dry, grainy enough surface.

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Jan 18th 2011 at 10:24 AM by nostate
Thank you sir!
Jan 18th 2011 at 9:53 AM by troyrudd
Sent to fb and gave ya a tweet! :)
Jan 18th 2011 at 9:40 AM by nostate
Thank you. I appreciate the input. Hope you share me. LOL.
Jan 18th 2011 at 9:13 AM by troyrudd
Hmmm... never had a need for waterproof matched as my idea of roughing it is Holiday Inn... :) But, I will keep this great tip in mind.

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