Repair damage to Gore-Tex material in order to restore the fabric's waterproofing capabilities with a Gore-Tex repair kit. Damages to the fabric's integrity not only affect the material's ability to keep water out, but its ability to keep you insulated with warmth as well. A Gore-Tex repair kit only provides temporary restoration to the fabric, so a trip to an authorised Gore-Tex retailer will eventually be needed for a permanent restoration. Use the repair kit to restore functionality to the Gore-Tex material until it can be taken to an official dealer.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Gore-Tex repair kit
- Damp cloth
Pick out a patch from the Gore-Tex repair kit that most-closely resembles the fabric's outer layer. Patches are available that match the colour and texture of the original piece of clothing, so that the temporary repairs will not be as noticeable to the naked eye. Two press-on adhesive patches come with the repair kit, cut to sizes that do not require additional resizing.
Clean the material's damaged area with a damp cloth to remove any debris or dirt. A clean surface will produce the best results when the patch is applied to the rip or tear.
Remove the repair patch's back covering by peeling it away from the edge, and then align it over the damaged portion of Gore-Tex material. Press the patch down firmly with the palm of your hand once you have decided the optimal placement on the garment's outer layer.
Lay a clean towel over the patch, and then iron it onto the outer layer of Gore-Tex material. Make sure the iron is set to its steam setting. Let the patch cool before continuing.
Choose a patch to be used for repairing the garment's inner layer from the repair kit. Two inner-layer patches are included in every Gore-Tex repair kit, which are designed to restore the material's weatherproofing/waterproofing functionality. Decide which of the two patches best fits the size of the damaged area, then repeat the entire repair process for ironing it onto the inner layer.
Tips and warnings
- Gore-Tex repair kit patches are able to provide temporary restoration for up to five wash cycles.
- Visit the Gore-Tex website in order to be directed to an authorised dealer for permanent repairs.
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