Repairing ripstop nylon
I have a DIY 1.5 hammock. I had used it a few nights sometime ago, and just decided it wasn't for me. I decided to pull it out last night and give it another go. Figured it would make a great summer hammock, and I do like the feel of the fabric. The last time I used this hammock was set up as a Lounger, with it doubled up. It looks like the fabric is starting to come apart right at the spot it was doubled over, almost looks like a few small holes in the fabric.
OK long rant over, how can I fix it? Is there some glue that will hold, or am I just better off buying some more fabric, and start over? I'll see if I can get some pics of the spots.
EDIT I may have "jumped the gun" on this one. I noticed the marks last night when I was measuring it for a ridgeline. So I just went a layed it out to take a pic, and the mark looks like it is just a little "rough". It doesn't look like any of the threads are broke, just scuffed up, if you will. I guess if anyone has a suggestion, some fabric glue that they recommend, I may try it to avoid having it come apart on me. Thanks
Pics! I doubt this is structural... It sounds like the threads are puckering up a bit as the nylon stretches...
My wife says Fray check or something similar but just be aware it goes rigid when it dries.
Maybe try it on a scrap first to see what it does.
My experience with fraychek is that it does not get rigid. if used properly. But it does nothing for strength. if you are looking at a structural defect then fraychek won't help. It will help keep broken threads from raveling and help keep the fabric from fraying out if it is torn.
BTW fraychek can be wicked expensive. For a potentially cheaper solution try the cheapest/nastiest, lowest grade clear nail polish you can find. I'm talking the 3/$1 stuff you find in the dollar stores. Do not pay big money cause you don't need the conditions and other additives. You want the lacquer. The cheapest stuff is best in this case.
Tenacious Tape will handle most ripstop repairs and does not leave gum residue like duck tape...
+1 on the Tenacious Tape!
Thanks for the responses. As for the pics, the spots didn't show too well in the pics, but I'll try again. Maybe I'll try the nail polish..........RR