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Water repellant is not water "proofing"
Keep in mind that water repellants from a can are only that. Repellants. Not water proofing. Repellants only slow down the flow. They don't stop it.
Sunbrella is a synthetic material that is treated with a synthetic glaze in the manufacturing process.That glaze fills the voids in the weave, preventing water from seeping through. Once that glaze is gone, it's gone. No amount of repellant is going to replace it.
The bimini is after all, a sun shade, not an umbrella. It may be time to buy a new bimini, or maybe just invest in a good set of foulies. And after all, it's only water.