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Old 03-15-2016, 03:14 PM   #1
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Scratched my awning fabric. What can I use to prevent further damage?

Just rubbed it a little on a low hanging branch, and it has a 3" long scrape. Not a tear, or rip, just scraped the shiny part of the top of the material.

Is there something I can apply to it to sorta keep it together and slow down any further deterioration, which WOULD lead to it becoming a tear in that location?
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Flex seal but it's going to show.
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It is on the very top, while rolled up. When extended, it will be on top near the entry door, so it will not be seen. I am more interested in keeping it protected to last as long as possible, and so it doesn't start fraying from 60mph winds while towing.
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You may also want to investigate a product line called "Tear Aid". They offer very strong adhesive products for repair of industrial and awning fabrics.
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Old 03-15-2016, 08:17 PM   #5
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Will look that up, as well. But really, it isn't "torn" or really even "scratched" as much as lightly scraped.

But I see so many of these awnings flapping in the wind behind RVs, I want mine to last as long as possible before that happens, and now that I have this small scrape, this will be the first place it will likely rip. So going to do whatever I can to make it last.
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VLP will work, clear, flexible. Google it.
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We did the same thing We used a clear awning repair tape. Make sure you round the corners before applying, and clean the surface with alcohol for good adhesion.
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Treat it as if you had an actual tear. Use awning repair tape on it.
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Treat it as if you had an actual tear. Use awning repair tape on it.
I was wondering if I should do that, so that it does not actually become one...

What is the estimated lifespan of these things? Assuming I hit no more low-hanging items.
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