how do you fix taping ?

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PC2K

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i got a british army ponhco and a 3layer goret-tex jacket, which are both taped and on both of them they are starting to let loose, on the poncho 1/3 is just dangeling... how do you fix this ? Can i just tape some glue and glue it back ? or should i do something else ? I can not afford to send it back to the manufacture, besides they are both not exsacly new... Ripping them off will damaged the coating and stuff.
 

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Some of the others will probably know more details, but....you can get the tape from outdoor material shops...Umm, point north? I'm sure someone will know. It's usually iron on seam tape. There are different types for different fabrics so a call to one of them should be all you need.

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alick

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If returning it to the makers isn't feasible I can't offer any good suggestions. I remember that when goretex first appeared, you had to seal the seams yourself with some paint on gunk. It was never any good and hot air taping has taken over completely. This uses a machine with a hot air paint stripper type thing that melts the adhesive on the tape just before rolling it onto the material. For repairs, new tape is applied over the top of the old stuff.
I'd look for an independent repair specialist if any exist - they should do just as good a job as the maker for less outlay. Good luck.
 

Mikey P

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There is an alternative - I've just resealed the seams on an old Northface gortex using 'seam sealant'. It's not a tape - it's more like a liquid flexible plastic. You paint it onto the seams and leave it to dry. Someone wrote that a few thin layers are better than one thick layer - it seems to work fine and the seam sealer is about 5 quid a bottle.

Depends how much you want to spend. A guy in the shop where I got the sealer reckoned that it's not worth trying to replace the tape itself as you need special heating equipment (see Alick's comment above if you want to spend the money sending it to a specialist repairer) - I'd asked him whether you could do it with a hair dryer!
 

PC2K

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i have though of that, but the tapping is still hanigng there, should i cut those parts off and seamseal it ? i have also though of using tent repair cloths cut in strips and used as tape.
 

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it might be better to remove the tape. when I got some tape coming off an onld coat I used some tape my dad got from work, you may be able to find something that you could put on without using heat. I doubt a hair dryer would be hot enough, though a soldering iron might be too hot. could you try them on some scap material?
 

PC2K

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uh.. scrap material ? mine kit is what most consider scrap material. Mine 2 gore-tex jackets are on this planet for over a decade ! i think i will try to get seamseal or some tape i think...
 

Mikey P

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Andy said:
I doubt a hair dryer would be hot enough, though a soldering iron might be too hot. could you try them on some scap material?
How about one of those hair-dryer type things you use for heating shrinkwrap sleeving? Might work but I guess a test first on a scrap piece of tape/material might be the way forward.

Andy said:
duct tape. always the asrwer for everything
By that, do you mean 'speed tape'? The shiny silvery colour stuff? Might work but, then again, might be a bit stiff.