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Survivalism & Self Sufficiency Topics => Outdoors Activities => Camping => Topic started by: middleman on August 31, 2012, 11:09:22 PM

Title: Bivy cover repair
Post by: middleman on August 31, 2012, 11:09:22 PM
I have a surplus bivy cover that is losing it's seam tape.  Is there a way to repair this at home?  I contacted a repair company and the repair cost more then I paid for the cover! What would you suggest?
Thanks.
Title: Re: Bivy cover repair
Post by: Nicodemus on September 01, 2012, 09:39:20 AM
Got a picture?
Title: Re: Bivy cover repair
Post by: Bolomark on September 01, 2012, 10:36:21 AM
http://www.seattlefabrics.com/Seam%20Sealers.html :)
Title: Re: Bivy cover repair
Post by: middleman on September 05, 2012, 07:15:23 PM
Got a picture?
(http://i1098.photobucket.com/albums/g379/tkdsteve/bivycover.jpg)
Sorry it took so long, had to develop the digital film.
As you can see the seam tape has come off along with the velco tab.
Title: Re: Bivy cover repair
Post by: Nicodemus on September 06, 2012, 07:07:53 AM
As long as the stitching is still intact, a liquid seam sealer should work.

Tent patch glue might work on reattaching the velcro closure patch, but that's a guess. I'm not sure how it was originally attached from the picture. If not, stitching and more liquid seam sealer should work.
Title: Re: Bivy cover repair
Post by: bcksknr on January 04, 2013, 08:16:41 AM
There is a product that I get at Michael's Crafts called api's Crafter's Pick Fabric Glue. I believe it is some sort of plastic base and is non-toxic (water based, no fumes). It's flexible, clear and when dry will not wash out of fabrics. It is even dry cleaning proof. It is thick enough to top coat a stitched seam to waterproof it. I would sew your tape back on after gluing it in place and then seal the stitching with asmear of this stuff. I fixed a rip on a heavy canvas tent this way and it's bomb proof.
Title: Re: Bivy cover repair
Post by: Perfesser on January 04, 2013, 08:00:14 PM
I bought some surplus Goretex pants and the seam tape was coming off. I got some tent seam sealer (seems a lot like silicone) and went over the joints once, then used the same stuff to glue the strips back on and let them dry with some weight pressing them down. Seems to have done the job.
Title: Re: Bivy cover repair
Post by: middleman on February 22, 2013, 08:34:59 PM
Thanks for the help, I bought the seal sealer and glued the tape back down.  It seems to have done the job.