Making a Tarp Repair
This past month, while testing the Underground Quilts Winter Dream tarp, I happened to puncture a 3-inch tear on one of the main panels. The wind was fierce, with gusts up to 60 MPH, which ripped stakes out of the ground and eventually raked the fabric across some sharp rocks. I was mortified and worried I had destroyed the tarp. Miraculously, the tarp survived with very little damage.
Making repairs is actually quite easy, thanks to modern adhesive patches on the market. I made a short video to show how I do it.
- Patch (Tear-Aid Type A or Gear Aid Tenacious Tape)
- Rubbing alcohol
- Clean sponge
Steps and Tips
- Clean the ripped area with the alcohol and sponge
- Cut a patch to fit the area, ensuring at minimum a 0.5 to 1 inch clear area from the tear
- For large tears, consider putting a patch on both sides of the tear
- Cut the patch and round any corners. Rounded corners help minimize the patch pealing or catching and coming off
- Place the tarp on a clear, flat surface
- Begin pealing the back of the patch to expose a portion of the adhesive. Place this area down and slowly flatten the patch across the tear by pulling away the remaining backing
- Carefully press and flatten the patch and push out any air bubbles
- Let the patch sit for 24-48 hours to completely set