(2) Patching Holes. Apply patches to small
and away from fire. Do not store adhesives
holes in fabric as follows.
or solvents in or near shelter. Gasoline shall
never be used as a solvent.
(a) Clean the area to be cemented with the
Immediate repair of small pin or nail holes is not
dean cloth dampened (but not saturated with a
required. However, repair of small holes should be
made as soon as it is convenient to do so.
solvent to remove dust and foreign material. Do not
allow excess solvent to collect at edges of seams. If
(a) Cut a round patch from the bulk material
the area is painted, remove all paint; adhesive will
provided in the repair kit. Use a one inch (2.54 cm)
not adhere to painted surfaces. Dampen a clean cloth
diameter patch for holes up to 1/6 inch (0.1588 cm),
with solvent and rotate over the area until all paint is
a two inch (5.08 cm) for holes up to 1/4 inch (0.635
cm) and a 3 1/3 inch (8.4667 cm) patch for holes up
(b) Apply first coat of adhesive (from repair
to 1/2 inch (1.27 cm). For larger holes, cut a patch
kit) to both surfaces to be cemented in medium to
large enough to allow a three inch (7.62 cm)
heavy coats. Brush back and forth to work adhesive
overlay beyond the edges of the hole.
(b) Clean both the area to be patched and the
patch, then apply and activate adhesive as described
Coated side of fabric (side with smooth slick surface)
in paragraph (2), above.
requires only one coat of adhesive. Uncoated side of
fabric requires three coats of adhesive. The first coat
Clean and apply adhesive to the proper side of the
of adhesive should be applied within 30 seconds after
patch so that, after installation, the same color will
cleaning. If more than 30 seconds elapses, reclean
be visible on the patch and the shelter.
surfaces. Thin adhesive with a solvent as required to
obtain smooth brushing consistency.
(c) Join the adhesive surface of the patch to
the adhesive surface of the shelter. Squeeze out all
(c) Allow adhesive to dry to a tacky condition
air bubbles between joined surfaces.
(approx. 15 minutes) before applying next coat. Test
for proper drying of adhesive by lightly pressing
finger-knuckle against the adhesive surface. If there
The patch should be laid on gradually, one side on
is a snap when the knuckle is pulled away from the
the other or from the center to the edges, to minimize
the possibility of entrapped air. Use two men to
adhesive, the surface is ready for another coat of
apply patches larger than four inches (10.16 cm), one
to hold the top edges up and away from prepared
surface while the other starts applying patch evenly
Drying time will differ under cold or extremely hot
and smoothly from the bottom. This will prevent the
weather conditions. In direct sunlight at 70F.
patch from wrinkling and forming air bubbles.
(21C. ) or higher, the drying time required between
(d) Press the joined surfaces together using
coats of adhesive is approximately eight minutes.
roller provided in repair kit.
(d) Apply a second even coat of adhesive to
both surfaces. Allow second coat to dry to a tacky
Pressure is important for a good bond. Be sure the
condition as determined in step (c), then apply a
fabric is backed up against a smooth hard surface.
third even coat of adhesive.
(e) After pressing, dust the cemented areas
(e) Activate the adhesive surfaces by wiping
with talc or powdered soapstone.
the surfaces with a clean cloth wet (not damp, not
(3) Patching Tears. Apply patches to the inside
dripping) with solvent.
and outside of a tear as follows:
(a) Trim off loose threads from the tear with
This activates the adhesive and makes the surfaces
shears provided in the repair kit.
ready for joining, which can be done up to eight
(b) From bulk material provided in repair kit,
hours after second coat of adhesive. Otherwise apply
cut a patch large enough to allow a two inch (5.08
one more coat of adhesive.
cm) overlap beyond torn edges.
(f) Press the adhesive surfaces together using
(c) Clean the surface around the tear and
rubber roller provided in repair kit. Be sure the fabric
clean the applicable side of the patch. Apply
is backed up against a smooth, hard surface to
adhesive as described in paragraph (1) above.
provide pressure and ensure a good bond. After
(d) Join the adhesive surface on the patch to
completion of cementing procedure, dust the
the adhesive surface on the shelter, Multipurpose.
cemented area with talc to cover up any exposed
Squeeze all air bubbles from between the adhesive
surfaces and use roller with pressure to bond the
patch to the fabric. Dust the cemented area with
Do not stress the cemented area for at least four
talc or powdered soapstone.
hours after cementing.