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    Waterproof Repair

    Did the LDMT on yesterday, cleaned my waterproof today and noticed 3 small (<1cm) tears in the arm. Not sure how I managed that - could have been there a while or maybe got caught in the zip of my bum bag yesterday. Anyway, I'd like to repair this if possible as its relatively minor damage and obviously a new one would be rather expensive. Its am OMM Kamleika smock if that makes any difference.

    Any suggestions?

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    Hi Pete, I've never repaired Kamleika but I do have a 16 years-old M.E. jacket in single skin Gore-Tex Paclite that has suffered many such tears (I suspect barb wire and thorns when on headtorch runs). Over the years I've used gaffer tape patches, externally to shed water - the multitude now look quite unsightly - I refer to it as my gaffer take jacket that I've had to repair with a piece of Gore-Tex. If I were starting repairs over again, I would use smaller patches of gaffer tape internally to hold the edges of the tears together then use something such as a dab of Shoe-Goo to gain an external seal - Shoe Goo is flexible once it has 'set'.
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    Cheers for the advice. I've found a tube of seam sealant primarily for use on tents which may do the job. I'm thinking a small patch on the inside as you suggested is then the best way to go. I've got an old waterproof I can probably canabalise for the patches

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