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5. Position a silicone roller at one end
of the patch. Using the heat gun,
apply a moderate amount of heat
(enough to melt the surface, but not
burn) between the patch and the tent
material surface, holding the heat
gun in front of the roller. Slowly move
the roller across the patch.
6. When the patch starts to melt,
continue to work the heat gun and
the roller to remove welts and ensure
that the edges are bonded.
7. Turn the tent fabric over and bond
the edges of the patch area on the
other side.
8. After the patch has cooled, check the
edges to ensure that they are properly
bonded by feeling for loose edges. If
you discover any, repeat the process.

9. When finished, clean the roller tool
with the same solvent used on the
tent fabric.
Always remember, damaged tent tops
must be repaired as quickly as possible.
If you install a damaged top, that damage
is going to find the next weakest link-a
rip or a tear, some sort of a hole-that's
only going to get worse as Mother Nature
works on the tent. Truly, certain kinds
of damage, if not repaired right away,
can affect the rigidity of the tent and its
ability to withstand the elements.

By Bryan Bolt, technical solutions manager for

TopTec Event Tents, Moore, S.C. This information
was part of a Tips & Techniques educational

Bryan Bolt demonstrates the use of a flat-nozzle
heat gun and patch in repairing tent fabric
in an educational session at Tent Expo 2019
in January. The flat nozzle spreads the heat
evenly between the damaged tent material
and the patch material.

session led by Bolt on tent repair basics at
Tent Expo 2019 in January.

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