/ Tent Outer Repairing
Has anyone had any success repairing a fairly large tear or hole on their tent outer.
Mine is the outer from a Mac Pac micro-light.
Not paying for pro repair patch as other areas are wearing thin and it's not cost effective.
That transparent tape you can get in the red tube that you repair clothes with isn't tough enough.
Was wondering if there is any recognised tape that anyone has uses
I have used spinnaker tape with some success (after some local yoofs threw a hoe through our tent in Ethiopia). It helped to glue it on with seamgrip though
Spinnaker tape = amazing.
Thanks Ebdon. Really helpfull
Cut the tape into nice rounded patches.
After you put it on, really rub it in to get good adhesion. Pay particular attention to the edges. The friction heat and mechanical motion of this creates a strong bond. You could always tape both sides of the fabric, but this is probably overkill if done properly.
how big a patch do you need? I have some sticky sided ripstop that I have used to repair various bits of outdoor gear. It’s pink though!
I've never used spinnaker tape but not much stick well to silnylon. Mud and routes did a test and said that spinnaker tape didn't really stick to silnylon in tests. You might be best sticking a patch on with silicone sealant.
I know you said you don't want to use a professional repair company, but you may be pleasantly surprised at the cost. I've just used Scottish Mountain Gear in Musselburgh and they are very reasonable.
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