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FAQs

1. What size of PatchNRepair do I need?

We recommend a patch that will cover the damaged area and leave approximately one inch of surface area on each side of the damage. This will allow for good adhesion and ensure the watertight seal.

2. Can I cut the patch?

Yes, most PatchNRepair standard sizes will be larger than what you need. Yes. PatchNRepair can be cut to the size of a hole or repair project. The material is easier to cut when warm and flexible but, can be cut cold. You can cut the patch to size with a standard pair of scissors.

3. How hot do I need to heat the patch?

Heat the patch until it becomes pliable. This will let you know it has reached the desired temperature of 194°F. Do not exceed 270°F.

4. How can I heat the patch?

Heating methods can be MRE heater (included with kits), oven, not used for food due to possible out gassing, wrapped in foil to protect paper backing, or heat gun. When using heat gun, do not place heat gun too close to the patch surface or hold heat in one place for more than a few seconds. Warning: DO NOT HEAT ABOVE 270 °F (132 °C). Be sure your heating method complies with safety standards according to the conditions under which you will be applying the patch–for example, outdoors, in rainy weather, near flammable materials, etc.

5. How much damaged area can PatchNRepair cover?

We recommend using PatchNRepair on damaged areas smaller than four inches in diameter (about the size of a baseball). It is recommended that 1 inch of coverage outside of area to be repaired to ensure adequate adhesion and water tightness.

6. Do I put the patch on the inside or the outside of the item being repaired?

We recommend applying PatchNRepair to the outside. This prevents water from reaching the adhesive backing. For maximum protection from the elements, apply a patch to the inside and outside of the damaged item.

7. If I buy the patch and I don't use the entire piece, can I use it for other repairs?

Yes, visit our applications page for more home and travel repair ideas.

8. How long does the patch last?

Our customers have reported patches that have been in use for as long as two years and that are still holding. However, many factors can affect its performance including correct application of the patch, the condition of the repair surface, and extreme weather conditions.

9. Where can I purchase PatchNRepair?

Visit our "Where to Buy" page. These retailers carry a variety of standard sizes. For larger sizes, please visit our web store.

10. How long will it take to receive my PatchNRepair order?

If you order from the PatchNRepair web store, shipping time is approximately three business days. We ship UPS ground. Rush shipping is available.

11. Can I overlap two patches to cover a long crack?

Yes, you can mold two patches to each other. To keep a watertight seal, you will need to ensure that the top piece of material is completely formed to the contours of the bottom piece.

12. Will the patch stop damage from spreading?

Our customers have reported that after application, spider cracks have stopped spreading.

13. If I apply the patch wrong, can I remove it and try again?

PatchNRepair is removable, but you cannot reuse the same patch once applied. The patch may be heated and cooled numerous times, but once you apply it, removing it will damage the adhesive.

14. Is the patch waterproof?

Yes, water will not soak through the patch. The surface being repaired must be dry and clean before application. Once applied, the adhesive will form a watertight seal.

15. What colors does the patch come in?

Visit our web store to view available options.

16. Once heated, how long does the patch stay pliable?

The time will vary depending on the ambient air temperature. In temperatures from 40ºF to 70ºF, the patch stays pliable for about one minute. If the patch cools too quickly simply reheat as needed. You can reheat the patch as many times as needed until you adhere the patch to the surface.

17. Can I remove the patch at a later date?

Yes, when the patch is cool, begin at one corner with a putty knife and work up the edge, being careful not to scratch the surface. When enough of the patch has peeled from the carrier, simply grasp the edge and continue to peel until the patch is removed.

18. Can I use additional sealer?

Yes, but DO NOT apply any additional sealer directly to the adhesive. When the patch is completely cooled, if you choose, you can apply sealer around the edges of the patch.

19. Can I cut the PatchNRepair patch, paint it, drill it, or sand it for my repair needs?

Yes. PatchNRepair can be cut to the size of a hole or repair project. The material is easier to cut when warm and flexible but, can be cut cold. When rigid, the patch material is machinable and can be drilled and sanded to bevel or smooth the edges. After it has been shaped, adhered, and completely hardened, the patch can be painted with any paint suitable for plastic or resin surfaces.

20. Can I use it on fuel tanks and lines?

No. Because PatchNRepair is made from a polymer matrix, it is not recommended for applications requiring contact with petroleum products.