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Author Topic: Tedlar or Tear-aid for small sail repair?  (Read 1006 times)
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« on: November 11, 2013, 05:48 PM »

I see both Tedlar & Tear Aid and wanted to know if these are identical products for a small sail repair?
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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2013, 07:03 PM »

I'm not familiar with Tear-Aid but I have used Tedlar tape for several small tear and hole repair jobs.  It's worked out fine and has stayed put and "unnoticeable" for a good long while.  That's what I'd try.
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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2013, 07:36 PM »

Thanks!

I will place an order tomorrow.
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« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2013, 11:16 PM »

I've used Tedlar a couple of times.  It is not as flexible as the base material being repaired (nylon or polyester sailcloth). 

Also, after a while there is a perimeter of gum around the patch.  I've never worked out if this is because the patch shrinks over time, or the gum bleeds out from behind the patch.  Either way, it picks up dirt/dust and looks grubby.

Tear-Aid type A looks to be the duck's guts! (i.e. very good)  It is certainly flexible, and appears to be THE best thing since sliced ripstop.  Hard to tell from the web, but it looks like "Moonie Tape".  If so, it won't suffer from that gumming issue, and it will last AGES.
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« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2013, 11:53 PM »

I normally use the CA glue method on sail repairs unless it's a larger tear/rip.

I've used both tedlar and tear-aid.  Tear-aid seems more "rubbery" to me for lack of a better term, more flexible.  Tedlar is more like heavy duty packing tape I guess you could say, but designed for sail repair.  They both work great.

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« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2013, 10:52 AM »

Tedlar is actually a .5 mil mylar tape which is why its not as flexible as nylon or poly.  As for the "gumming" thing Kevin mentions, it usually only happens if you don't burnish the patch down well.  The heat from rubbing (burnishing) it shrinks the patch a bit and forces the glue into the material as well as squeezing out excess glue. I always clean the edges of any patch with goo gone or lighter fluid to remove that excess glue. 

Tear aid IIRC is a thin PVC type material made for things like tents and packs that need flexible but strong repairs.  Its also2-3 times thicker than Tedlar, stretches and IMO doesn't have as good a glue. Precision sails are highly engineered to flex and warp in a specific way and need the stable strong repair Tedlar provides.
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« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2013, 04:03 PM »

I used the Tedlar tape, as well as some insignia tape, and both worked very well!

Thanks for all the replies and to Ca Ike for reminding me to 'burnish well' for best adhesion as well as no (or little) adhesive mess. I kinda screwed up my first attempt as I took 'rounded corners' advice for a totally rounded patch.

After getting a feel for the Tedlar tape's tenacious tackiness, it was a smooth application process! We'll see how it holds up in flight over time.
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« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2014, 06:53 AM »

I ordered som "Tenacious Tape" from Prism, apparently they are selling it now in place of the Tedlar tape. You can also find it on Amazon.com.    I fixed a tear in a friends kite, and it works great.  Flexible, and I had the clear , so can't even see the repair. Once you apply it, it is stuck permanently.   http://www.amazon.com/Gear-Aid-Tenacious-Strong-Repair/dp/B005CR8ZW6/ref=pd_sim_sg_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=1QV6MFM0NZFY691WS2QR
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