Nylon is valued as a synthetic fabric for its durability. It is waterproof and lasts a long time, which is why many jackets, military gear and outerwear are made of it. Even with its durability, though, rips and tears will occasionally occur. If you find yourself with nylon fabric that needs repair, you can take it to a professional. If this is too expensive or simply not an option, you may be able to repair it yourself at home.
Items you will need
- Colored nylon tape
Unroll enough nylon tape to thoroughly cover the tear, rip or hole. Make sure you leave enough tape beyond the tear so that it will adhere to the fabric. Use your scissors to cut off the measured amount.
Remove the backing from the tape and discard it.
Press the tape to the damaged area sticky side down. Smooth it out using your fingers, making sure that no air bubbles form. If an air bubble forms and you can't smooth it out, peel the tape off and try again.
Turn the material over or inside out. If there is no sticky side of the tape showing from the other side, you are done. If you can see the sticky side of the tape, proceed to the next step.
Measure and cut another piece of tape to cover the exposed part of the first strip of tape. Repeat steps 2-3 again. The repair is now complete.
Nylon tape is available at sporting goods stores and stores specializing in outdoor equipment as it is commonly used to repair tents, backpacks and clothing made of synthetic materials. You may see it called by various names, and it is available in several different brands.
If you allow an air bubble to form between the tape and the nylon the tape may not adhere properly. Also, moisture could seep in from the air bubble, which would negate the nylon's waterproof value. Make sure all air bubbles are completely smoothed out.
Home repair is fine for small or straight-line tears or small holes. If the material has large or jagged areas of damage it may not be possible to use this patching method to properly repair the fabric. In this case, a professional should be consulted. In extreme cases, the nylon may be beyond repair and will have to be discarded.