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    Thanks for the advice. What would you use to thin the silcon, turpentine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ibgary View Post
    Thanks for the advice. What would you use to thin the silcon, turpentine?

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    Same as someone mentioned earlier, mineral spirits.
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    I had my lines attached to my tarp but I got tired of untangling and removing knots from the lines. ( seems like I'm always deploying my tarp in a wind) I switched to shock loops on my tarp rings and I spliced my lines to my stakes. I wrap my lines on the stakes. so far so good

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    Quote Originally Posted by ibgary View Post
    Good morning. I hope this is an active thread. Last week I was camping and a storm came threw. Mostly wind and some rain. A gust hit the tarp and actually snapped and aluminum MSR steak in half. The shock cord then fired it threw the silnylon tarp.
    How do I repair the tear. It goes from the tie out corner about 6" in and branches another 4". Tried a temp repair with ducktape, but it doesnt stick to the silnylon. Thanks

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    Bonding would work. If you can find a piece of fabric the same as your tarp it's best, but I have mixed fabrics when bonding. You'll want a patch a fair bit larger than your rip.

    Use Silnet and mineral spirits.. mix to the consistency of olive oil. Brush on the tarp, not the patch, just a little larger than the patch size. I usually make a cardboard template a half inch larger than the patch. You can put some wax paper under the tarp so it doesn't stick to anything. Drop the patch onto the Silnet and use one hand to hold it in place while you press out any air bubbles. A second piece of wax paper over it and a sizable weight... leave for at least 24 hours. You can repeat on the other side just to be safe, or not.

    Here's a bonded on reinforcement patch and template. Same process I used for bonded on side panel pulls... Works awesome and no needle holes to seal.



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