Like leaky seams, holes in your tent can let water in, or worse – creepy crawlies! Luckily, patching most holes is a relatively simple process.
1. Pick up some adhesive mesh patches
2. Carefully peel the backing off
3. Cover the entire hole
4. Press down on a flat surface
5. Cut repair tape to size
6. Glue around repair tape
7. Patch the larger hole with repair tape
8. Use Seam Grip to patch the hole
Seam Grip or a similar adhesive can be used to patch small holes or pin pricks. Apply a thin layer, extending about 5-10mm beyond the hole and allow to dry overnight.
For bigger holes, you’ll need to apply a backing patch. This can be done with gear repair tape, like Tenacious Tape from Gear Aid. With the backing patch in place, use seam sealant over the patch and surrounding tent material to secure the patch in place long term and stop any annoying leaks.
If any of the mesh of the tent has a hole, gear repair tape or mesh patch kits can be applied to the hole. Make sure the mesh is on a flat surface and to extend the patch or tape well beyond the hole, to allow sufficient adhesion.
Tip: most tents come with some repair patches and glue. So before you chuck out the tent manual and assorted packaging, make sure you hang on to any repair items.
- Mesh patches: $8.95
- Seam Grip: $19.95
- Tenacious Tape or similar gear repair tape: $14.95