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Tear-Aid Patch - Type A

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You'll be amazed at the range of materials you can fix with Tear-Aid Type A repair tape. Gives you a durable, flexible, airtight, watertight, puncture-resistant patch. No muss, no fuss, no mess.
  • The matte finish polyurethane tape is exceptionally tough and abrasion resistant. It stretches and springs back without losing its grip.
  • The aggressive adhesive on the tape is formulated for a high strength bond to a wide variety of surfaces. It doesn't turn gummy in the heat.
  • Repairs holes and tears on Pennel Orca®, Hypalon, rubber, most fabrics, fiberglass, nylon, most plastics (including polyethylene, polypropylene and polyurethane), non-oiled leather, aluminum, and stainless steel.
  • Available in kit form or in rolls of 3"W x 5'L
  • The see-through tape works with all colors and won't discolor over time.
  • It's easy to use. Cut the patch to shape, clean the surface to be repaired, and stick it on. No muss, no fuss, no mess.
  • Type A Tear Aid is not recommended for Vinyl or PVC. For these materials, use Type B Tear-Aid, Item # 1981.

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Roll Dimensions: 3"W x 5'L
Kit Includes:
  • (1) 3" x 12" patch
  • (1) 1 3/8" x 1 3/8" patch
  • (1) 7/8" x 7/8" patch
  • (2) alcohol prep pads
  • 36" reinforcement filament (for repairing tears at edges)
  • Illustrated repair instructions
Features:
  • Matte finish polyurethane tape
  • High strength adhesive
  • Stretches 600% before tearing
  • Effective temperature range is -20F to 140F

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Tear-Aid Patch - Type A
 
4.4

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At Least For Small Holes, Tear-Aid Works

Developed a small hole in my Avon's floor near the self-bailing opening. This was a hard place to repair. Although it may not be necessary, I cleaned the area with toluene. I Cut...Read complete review

Developed a small hole in my Avon's floor near the self-bailing opening. This was a hard place to repair. Although it may not be necessary, I cleaned the area with toluene. I Cut a small patch from my Tear-Aid material, rounded the corners with scissors, slapped it over the hole, and rubbed out the air bubbles. This was early last rafting season and it lasted for more trips and is still in place now. It is impressive how flexible this product is. I wonder how good it will perform on a larger tear - I still keep a full patch kit on board. But when a tear occurs, I intend to try Tear-Aid first so I can know its effectiveness.

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Tear-Aid was no aid

Had a 3/16 inch hole in my drytop. Bought the Tear-Aid kit to repair it. I followed the instruction but no matter how much I tried to clean the top I could not...Read complete review

Had a 3/16 inch hole in my drytop. Bought the Tear-Aid kit to repair it. I followed the instruction but no matter how much I tried to clean the top I could not get the tape to stick to the outer fabric. It did stick to the inside. So on my fourth attempt I hoped that the patch on the outside would stick to the patch on the inside well enough to keep it water tight. I tested it and it seemed to work. I bought a new pair of drypants and wanted to test the drytop drypants combo to see how water tight they were. So I went for a swim in them on 12/20/2014 at first everything was good then the patches blew off and water came gushing in!!! VERY disappointed in the patches!!!

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5.0

I would buy this product again

By none

from Boulder, Co

About Me Beginner

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Protects Well
  • Weather Proof

Cons

  • Difficult to Use

Best Uses

  • Outdoor

Comments about Tear-Aid Patch - Type A:

I really like my patio swing & wish to use it as long as possible !

Please let me know of any great sale on this product as it is expensive or if it might sell in bulk for this large project.

Service and delivery comments:

All excellent ! Thank you so very much !

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5.0

Worked Perfectly and Easily

By Pete

from New Jersey

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        Comments about Tear-Aid Patch - Type A:

        Easily repaired pin hole size leak in air bladder for inflatable boat Absolutely no leaks after repair and under strain of river use. Repair is about 1 year old.

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        1.0

        Tear-Aid was no aid

        By Crackedboat

        from Gilman,Vt.

        Pros

        • Can't Think Of Any

        Cons

        • Failed To Perform
        • Would Not Stick

        Best Uses

        • None

        Comments about Tear-Aid Patch - Type A:

        Had a 3/16 inch hole in my drytop. Bought the Tear-Aid kit to repair it. I followed the instruction but no matter how much I tried to clean the top I could not get the tape to stick to the outer fabric. It did stick to the inside. So on my fourth attempt I hoped that the patch on the outside would stick to the patch on the inside well enough to keep it water tight. I tested it and it seemed to work. I bought a new pair of drypants and wanted to test the drytop drypants combo to see how water tight they were. So I went for a swim in them on 12/20/2014 at first everything was good then the patches blew off and water came gushing in!!! VERY disappointed in the patches!!!

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        • No
         
        5.0

        Amazing Product!

        By Lainey A.

        from San Diego, CA

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Ease Of Application
        • GOOD INSTRUCTIONS
        • Quality
        • Quality product

        Cons

        • expensive

        Best Uses

        • Canopy Repair

        Comments about Tear-Aid Patch - Type A:

        Used on an outdoor canopy that had sun damage and was beginning to tear. Product is easy to apply and instructions were easy to understand. Will probably purchase again.

        Service and delivery comments:

        Product was delivered as promised.

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        4.0

        worked great

        By mso

        from central pa

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              Comments about Tear-Aid Patch - Type A:

              Worked as advertised to repair an older rubberized canvas 2-man inflatable. Would use again and recommend to others. Would be nice if larger size pieces were readily available.

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              • Tear-Aid Patch - Type A

                Q:

                Is this suitable for patching small holes in a Goretex drysuit (6-7 year old Kokatat)?
                Asked on 1/4/2016 by creekwise

                3 answers

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Yes, it is. Kokatat includes it their Apparel Repair Kit, Item # 33602.01.

                  Answered on 1/5/2016 by Clyde from NRS
                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  I have never used Tear-Aid to repair gortex, but based on my experience it is definately worth a try.  It retains its flexibility and strong adhesion.  I recently used it to patch some holes in an awning and it is working great.
                  Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

                  Answered on 1/5/2016 by Anonymous
                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  For that, I would suggest McNett SeamGrip. Put a piece of tape (masking, duct, or whatever you have) over the hole on one side. On the other side, smear a little SeamGrip over the exposed sticky side of the tape, and onto the surrounding fabric. When dry, peel the tape off the back. I've successfully patched a tent floor, abraded boot toes, and my favorite ski pants that way. It's good stuff. If NRS doesn't carry it, they should.

                  Answered on 1/4/2016 by Anonymous
              • Tear-Aid Patch - Type A

                Q:

                What comes in the kit in addition to the tape and why is it so much cheaper than the tape itself (I'm guessing the quantity but not sure) ? Thanks.
                Asked on 1/4/2016 by creekwise

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  The list of pieces in the kit is in the Specs tab. And, yes, the roll contains 180 square inches of Tear-Aid tape. It's great stuff; everyone's wise to have it in their repair kit.

                  Answered on 1/5/2016 by Clyde from NRS
              • Tear-Aid Patch - Type A

                Q:

                Saved my butt on the river when I got a pin sized hole in my boat. So what is the best way to remove the tape and sticky mess so I can put on a real patch in its place?
                Asked on 7/8/2015 by Ryan from Modesto

                4 answers

                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  Hey....
                  I like to go from least harsh to more. Therefore I would start with
                  acetone. Then, I would try MEN then touluene . USE CHEMICAL RESISTANT
                  gloves as they are carcinogenic chemicals. Also, you need to check with
                  boat maker as PVC boats and hypolon uses different glues.

                  Answered on 7/9/2015 by GaryK from Philipsburg, MT
                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  I would try using lighter fluid as a solvent. Good luck
                  Sent from my iPad

                  Answered on 7/8/2015 by penquinhead from seattle,wa
                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  I'm a believer in the stuff, always have a roll along. If you can lift one edge of the tape you can start pulling it off. Goo Gone, or acetone (most nail polish removers contain acetone), will mop up the sticky stuff. Playing a hair dryer over an edge can help loosen the patch.

                  Answered on 7/8/2015 by Clyde from NRS
                • VERIFIED BUYER

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                  Ryan. If the material is hypalon, use toluene. If PVC, use MEK. Those
                  are the two solvents used for patching. If neither of those work, try
                  an orange oil based solvent. Wash well with soap/water afterwards, then
                  start the usual patch routine. ---->bruce

                  Answered on 7/8/2015 by Anonymous
              • Tear-Aid Patch - Type A

                Q:

                I have a 10" cut in the bottom of my NRS Bandit (Urthane) boat. Will the Tear-Aid patch work to permanently repair this, or is it only an emergency repair to get down the river?

                Thanks!
                Asked on 6/22/2015 by Dave from Logan, UT

                4 answers

                • CUSTOMER CARE

                  A:

                  Tear-Aid is a great quick fix. I'd recommend getting a full patch put on the boat to help preserve its longevity.

                  Answered on 6/23/2015 by Kyle from NRS
                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  we use it for emergency repair it's thinner then paper

                  Answered on 6/22/2015 by Anonymous
                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  quick fix its very thin

                  Answered on 6/22/2015 by Anonymous
                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  Tear aid may be permanent for other applications but for a boat, it's temporary. Go get yourself a piece of urethane and some proper glue and do it right the first time. Tear aid is a fantastic product but not for this application.
                  Respectfully,
                  Dennis

                  Answered on 6/22/2015 by Anonymous
              • Tear-Aid Patch - Type A

                Q:

                I have two IK's, and want to buy the proper Tear Aid for the internal air bladders. I have an AIRE Force which has a urethane bladder, and a Tributary Tomcat Tandem which has a vinyl bladder (this is the info I find on AIRE's website, please correct me if wrong). If this is the case, Would I need type B for the Tributary and type A for the AIRE?
                Asked on 6/22/2015 by Goetz

                2 answers

                • CUSTOMER CARE

                  A:

                  Type B for vinyl. Type A for urethane. And you'll be good to go.

                  Answered on 6/23/2015 by Kyle from NRS
                • CUSTOMER CARE

                  A:

                  Type B (for Vinyl or PVC) is your best bet.

                  Answered on 6/23/2015 by Kyle from NRS
              • Tear-Aid Patch - Type A

                Q:

                I have a "Tributary Tomcat solo" IK. Which Tear-Aid Patch kit should I use, A or B?
                thx, Tony
                Asked on 8/26/2014 by Tony from United States

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Tony, the Tomcat is made with PVC-coated fabric, so you need Type B Tear-Aid.

                  Answered on 8/27/2014 by Clyde from NRS
              • Tear-Aid Patch - Type A

                Q:

                will this work to seal a tiny (3/4") slit in a canvas convertible car top?
                Asked on 5/20/2014 by help from howard county maryland

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Tear-Aid Type A adheres well to most fabrics. However, your top is probably coated or treated with something to make it waterproof. As long as the coating isn't PVC (vinyl) its worth a try. If perchance it is PVC, then the Type B is what you want. Another repair option is Aquaseal, Item # 35001.01. This video shows some techniques - http://www.nrs.com/learn/repair-waterproof-fabric.asp

                  Answered on 5/20/2014 by Clyde from NRS
              • Tear-Aid Patch - Type A

                Q:

                Hi
                We have a hole in the inside bladder of an Aire cataraft we use a a safety vessel on raft trips. We thought we'd try one of the tapes but unsure which to order..the inside bladder is clear plastic but not sure what type...

                Thanks in advance!
                Effie
                Asked on 4/6/2014 by RGB ...raft guide barbie :) from Elaho river, British Columbia

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  AIRE catarafts have bladders made of urethane. Use Type A Tear-Aid. Type B is only used on PVC materials.

                  Answered on 4/6/2014 by Clyde from NRS
              • Tear-Aid Patch - Type A

                Q:

                Will it work on AIRE “airecell” urethane bladders? Do I need Type B instead?
                Asked on 2/27/2014 by Alex

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Alex, Type A works fine on urethane bladders; AIRE includes it in their repair kits. Type B is specifically for PVC/vinyl, which has components that reject Type A. Good stuff.

                  Answered on 2/27/2014 by Clyde from NRS
              • Tear-Aid Patch - Type A

                Q:

                Will this work on a thin cotton tshirt material?
                Asked on 5/28/2013 by laura from Sonoma, CA

                4 answers

                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  I believe it would. Pretty quality stuff!
                  Respectfully,
                  Dennis

                  Answered on 5/28/2013 by Anonymous
                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Laura, it should work fine.

                  Answered on 5/28/2013 by Clyde from NRS
                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  No, totally not suitable for that application. It will not bend and will not survive washing.
                  G

                  Answered on 5/28/2013 by Anonymous
                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  No, it will show, big-time; and I doubt it would stick for long. Used it on tons of other stuff (all smooth synthetics) with great success. Boats, tents, jackets, sleeping bags, dry-bags, etc. Every repair kit should have both A and B tear-aid.
                  Harry

                  Answered on 5/28/2013 by Anonymous
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