Almost too good to be true – a no-stitching, durable repair for tears or holes in the fabric of your tent, pack, pannier, or clothes.
- Packing tape.
- Urethane glue such as Freesole or SeamGrip®.
- A piece of tent netting fabric that covers the rip and extends 5mm past each edge.
This repair is almost invisible from the outside when used for tears, but a transparent spot will remain when used for larger holes.
- On the ouside surface of the fabric, cover the hole or tear with clear packing tape. Hold the edges of the tear together while placing the tape. Do not use duct tape – it will leave a sticky residue when you remove it.
- On the inside surface, spread a thin layer of glue over the tear, extending about 5mm past the edges. If the fabric is lined, open a seam near the tear to access the inside of the shell fabric.
- Place the piece of netting over the wet glue to add strength to the repair.
- Allow the glue to dry for 24 hours.
- Remove the tape from the face fabric. If there are any loose fibers or threads remaining, you can carefully flash burn them away with a lighter.
- Dust the dried glue with talcum powder or cornstarch to prevent the repair from bonding to itself when folded. Re-stitch the seam if you're working on a lined garment.