for holes up to 1/16 inch (0.2 cm), a two inch (5.08 cm)
patch for holes up to 1/4 inch (0.6 cm) and a 3Y2 inch
Coated side of fabric (side with smooth
(8.5 cm) patch for holes up to /2 inch (1.27 cm). For
slick surface) requires only one coat of
larger holes, cut a patch large enough to allow a three
adhesive. Uncoated side of fabric
inch (7.6 cm) overlap beyond the edges of the hole.
requires three coats of adhesive. The
(2) Clean both the area to be patched and the patch,
first coat of adhesive should be applied
then apply, and activate adhesive as described in
within 30 seconds after cleaning. If more
paragraph a. above.
than 30 seconds elapses, reclean
surfaces. Thin adhesive with solvent as
required to obtain smooth brushing
Clean and apply adhesive to the proper
side of the patch so that after installation
(3) Allow adhesive to dry to a tacky condition
the same color will be visible on the
(approximately 15 min.) before applying next coat. Test
patch and the shelter. (3) Join the
for proper drying of adhesive by lightly pressing finger-
adhesive surface of the patch to the
knuckle against the adhesive surface. If there is a snap
adhesive surface of the shelter.
when the knuckle is pulling away from the adhesive, the
Squeeze out all air bubbles between
surface is ready for another coat of adhesive.
Drying time will differ under cold or extremely hot
The patch should be laid on gradually, one side on the
weather conditions. In direct sunlight at 70F. (21C.) or
other or from the center to the edges, to minimize the
higher, the drying time required between coats of
possibility of entrapped air. Use two men to apply
adhesive is approximately eight minutes.
patches larger than four inches. (10.16 cm) one to hold
(4) Apply a second even coat of adhesive to both
the top edges up and away from prepared surface while
surfaces. Allow second coat to dry to a tacky condition as
the other starts applying patch evenly and smoothly from
determined in step (3), then apply a third even coat of
the bottom. This will prevent the patch from wrinkling and
forming air bubbles.
(5) Activate the adhesive surfaces by wiping the
(4) Press the joined surfaces together using roller
surfaces with a clean cloth wet (not damp, not dripping)
provided in repair kit.
Pressure is important for a good bond.
This activates the adhesive and makes
Be sure the fabric is backed up against a
the surfaces ready for joining, this can
smooth hard surface.
be done up to eight hours after second
(5) After pressing, dust the cemented areas with talc.
coat of adhesive. Otherwise apply one
c. Patching Tears. Apply patches to the outside of a
more coat of adhesive.
(6) Press the adhesive surfaces together using
tear as follows:
rubber roller provided in repair kit. Be sure the fabric is
(1) Trim off loose threads from the tear with shears
backed up against a smooth, hard surface to provide
provided in the repair kit.
pressure and ensure a good bond. After completion of
(2) Cut a patch from bulk material provided in repair
cementing procedure, dust the cemented area with talc
kit, large enough to allow a two inch (5.08 cm) overlap
to cover up any exposed adhesive.
beyond torn edges.
(3) Clean the surface around the tear and clean the
applicable side of the patch. Apply adhesive as
Do not stress the cemented area for at
described in a. above.
least 4 hours after cementing.
(4) Join the adhesive surface on the patch to the
b. Patching Holes. Apply patches to small holes in
adhesive surface of the shelter. Squeeze all air bubbles
from between the adhesive surfaces and use roller with
fabric as follows:
pressure to bond the patch to the fabric.
Dust the cemented area with talc.
d. Repairing Cemented Seams and Replacing
Immediate repair of small pin or nail
Parts. Repair separated or damaged
holes is not required. However, repair or
small holes should be made as soon as
cemented seams and parts as follows:
it is convenient to do so.
(1) Carefully peel the cemented parts to
(1) Cut a round patch from the bulk material provided
separate, keeping the cloth soaked with solvent as
in the repair kit. Use a one inch (2.5 cm) diameter patch