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Old 11-14-18, 09:00 AM
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Wind Jacket Repair

I fell hopping up a small curb onto a cycle path last Sunday in wet conditions and slid on the path. luckily I'm not hurt at all but when I slide my trusty wind jacket was torn creating two small rips about an inch and a half long each. What is the best way to repair the delicate windbreaker fabiric? Will an iron on patch melt the material around the patch? Is this a good enough excuse to purchase a new jacket?
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Yes.
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McNetts Gear Aid makes patches and repair kits for all kinds of textiles including neoprene and Goretex

https://www.gearaid.com/


They will have exactly what you need. I've use their products to repair an expensive Marmot jacket which I snagged on a branch.

REI usually has a small display of McNetts products buried somewhere near the backpacking equipment.


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Old 11-14-18, 09:31 AM
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Gorilla tape.
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Old 11-14-18, 11:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Hmmm View Post
I fell hopping up a small curb onto a cycle path last Sunday in wet conditions and slid on the path. luckily I'm not hurt at all but when I slide my trusty wind jacket was torn creating two small rips about an inch and a half long each. What is the best way to repair the delicate windbreaker fabiric? Will an iron on patch melt the material around the patch? Is this a good enough excuse to purchase a new jacket?
Reflective tape would be a good fix. Adhesive tape in a similar color to the jacket would work, too. I wouldn't trust an iron around delicate synthetic material (learned that the hard way).

If looks and style are important, and your budget allows for it I would just buy a new jacket and keep the old one as a back-up, and for "dirty rides".
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Old 11-14-18, 10:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
Gorilla tape.
+1.

Or, unless the jacket is made of unicorn hair, it might be time to buy a new one.
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Old 11-14-18, 10:40 PM
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Originally Posted by tagaproject6 View Post
That's pretty slick, I never thought of doing it that way.
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Old 11-15-18, 03:06 AM
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If you have friends who are into yachting, ask for a piece of "spinnaker tape". https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sail-Spinnaker-Repair-Ripstop-Nylon/dp/B004CRHUXM/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1542272220&sr=8-3&keywords=spinnaker+tape
It has limited staying powers WRT wash machine cycles, but is a better match to the fabric characteristics than Gorilla tape.
A place selling camping supplies might have smaller patches for tent repair etc at a lower price.
I've used Liqui-Sole and thin strips of non-woven applied on the inside on Gore-Tex garments. The repair gets a little stiffer, but more resistant to machine washing. From the outside, the repair looks like a thin wet streak, so quite discrete.
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Old 11-15-18, 03:26 AM
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Thanks guys. I actually think I have some gorilla tape lying around. I just might try it. If not the reflective patches are a great idea!
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Old 11-15-18, 03:31 AM
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Good tips!

T-shirt decorating paint can also be used to repair some some fabrics, mostly in non-stressed areas. I used black t-shirt paint to repair pin holes in the original leather bellows of a WWII era Agfa folding camera. Worked fine -- the paint is very flexible and withstands multiple openings/closings.

If my windbreakers or rain jackets were damaged I'd repair with reflective tape, or fasten reflective material over the patched area. I like my Pearl Izumi windbreaker and Shimano storm jacket but they could use more reflective bits.

Reflective materials can be tasteful and low key in daylight. My Louis Garneau summer weight Lemmon 2 jersey has dark grey, nearly black logos and I didn't realize they were reflective until my first night ride and flash photos taken by friends. Before then I'd only seen the familiar silvery and whitish reflective logos.

Gorilla Tape is strong stuff, easy to use, but picky about being sticky. If I handle the edge too much with bare fingers that small section will tend to peel up, although it doesn't continue peeling. It'll only peel up where I touched it. Usually I'll try to remember to wipe my fingers with oil-free rubbing alcohol first to remove as much skin oil and salt as possible. Mostly the edges peel up only on my bar tape, not in other uses.

White duct tape is good in a pinch too. It's much better quality than the familiar grey/silver duct tape, holds well, is less likely to leave a gummy or crusty residue, and tends to last longer without becoming brittle.

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Old 11-16-18, 08:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
Gorilla tape.
Gorilla Clear Tape. This stuff is pretty amazing. I repaired a high-quality riding vest with it a couple of years ago and the vest is still going strong. The adhesive is not as gooey as regular Gorilla Tape and stays much cleaner and nicer for fabric repairs. Very durable, but I only hand wash that vest.

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Old 11-16-18, 08:54 AM
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I own a sewing machine and do my own sewing repairs of this nature. This is a simple repair. Try this...most fabric stores I’ve been in also have a sewing machine set up. Stop in one and ask them to do it do for you. Shouldn’t cost much. Not sure I’d do the iron on patch. That thin synthetic fabric doesn’t stand up to the high heat of an iron very well.

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Old 11-16-18, 04:30 PM
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Tenacious Tape is the best for this IMO. Gorilla Tape can leave residue and doesn't wash well. You can sew it but tape is so easy and lasts for years(trust me I know).
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Old 11-16-18, 05:33 PM
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If this jacket is made out of what I think it is; you can simply sew the cuts closed and use a scrap umbrella or knapsack as a patch to sew on, for they should be the same material, just melt the edges of the patch, so it doesn't fray after cutting it out.
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Old 11-16-18, 06:23 PM
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Originally Posted by wipekitty View Post
+1.

Or, unless the jacket is made of unicorn hair, it might be time to buy a new one.
I was gonna say duct tape but yeah gorilla tape works better.
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