How to Repair Rain Wear


Tearing rain jackets–or other water repellent gear–can be frustrating for workers in rigorous jobs. Since the traditional needle-and-thread option doesn’t always work well to repair the fabrics–like rubber, nylon or PVC–you may need to find another solution to fix it. Fortunately there are several other ways to restore your rain wear so it’s ready to support you on the job.

Applications like glue, tape and patches can help to make sure your jacket, coveralls or poncho stay in working order. Fabric tape can help restore your ripped gear. Simply peel a piece of tape off of the roll and apply it to the outside of your garment at least 24 hours before you plan to use it again. Many tapes are sealed with waterproof coating that won’t peel off during a wash or in the rain.

If you need to cover a wider area, try using a fabric tape patch. Tenacious Tape–and other brands–offer pre-cut patches that you can peel and stick to your fabric on-the-go so you don’t have to worry about cutting.

Using an adhesive is another way to save your rainy day apparel that has caught snags, tears or rips. After cleaning the fabric, carefully align the sides of the tear and apply waterproof fabric glue. Make sure to put the adhesive on the inside of your garment and always follow additional instructions on the product label.

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What’s your go-to way to patch up rain gear? Share your tips with us in the comments below.