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05-27-2013 05:57 PM
Re: Sail tape not sticking

There is also another product used when making sails called "basting tape" which is very sticky on both sides. It is used with regular sail cloth but could also be used with adhesive tape to add extra stickiness.
Frankly, sail tape or any adhesive sail repair material is really supposed to be stitched; at least around the edges of the repair. has been a great resource to me for the hand sail repairs I did this winter. I hand sewed a piece of pre-folded 3" sail tape over the leech line of our genoa. Couldn't have done it without basting tape and advice from:
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05-27-2013 03:47 PM
Re: Sail tape not sticking

Originally Posted by Hiroshimasunset View Post

We have just applied some Bainbridge Dacron Sail Tape to the luff chord of our mainsail, but it doesn't seem to be sticking very well. Does sail tape become more sticky after application? It doesn't seem like it will hold.

Any input from people with experience using sail tape appreciated!

Maybe someone has sprayed Teflon or Silicon spray on the mast track and or sail.

Both will inhibit the stickum.
05-26-2013 11:39 PM
Re: Sail tape not sticking

If it is not sticking to the cloth then either the tape is really low quality, or the sail has something on it preventing adhesion. Ask your local sailmaker for a piece of "insignia cloth". It should stick to any part of the sail. If you are sticking it to a stitched area you may need to rub a hard object on the tape to press it onto the cloth between the stitching.
05-26-2013 08:22 PM
Re: Sail tape not sticking

I've used sail tape on the leech of my main and had good luck with it. Sticks like crazy and never came off even after several years of use. Love the stuff. Mine came from Defender. Highly recommended.
05-26-2013 04:39 PM
Re: Sail tape not sticking

find good glue--not wood glue.
tape sail with good glue. might wanna ask a sailmaker about what kinda glue to buy for this..

sew the glued taped area all around the edges of tape with zig zag stitches. twice. not on top of each other.
then mebbe the sail tape might stick.
have fun...

when you are finished screwing up your sail, the sailmakers can still repair it, so it isnt a big deal to try to fix it first.....might just cost a tad more than if you didnt try too hard at home...
05-26-2013 04:35 PM
Re: Sail tape not sticking

Originally Posted by Hiroshimasunset View Post
Oh, made a mistake...we are trying repair wear on the leech of the main. Does it take some time for the tape to reach maximum bond strength?

Thanks for the replies
That makes more sense, but now you're into an area with a heavy stitching pattern, which lifts the tape off the sailcloth and inhibits the 'stick'..

It won't cost a fortune to have a sailmaker repair the leech, and if it's an older it sail it may benefit from a wee 'tuck' anyhow. If the wear comes from spreader or shroud contact they could add a patch at the same time.
05-26-2013 04:00 PM
Re: Sail tape not sticking

Oh, made a mistake...we are trying repair wear on the leech of the main. Does it take some time for the tape to reach maximum bond strength?

Thanks for the replies
05-26-2013 03:55 PM
Re: Sail tape not sticking

Sail tape is a useless expensive waste. And it doesn't stick!

I always have a litre tin of Contact Cement on board and some spare sail cloth and I stick the sail cloth on with contact cement.
It works well, its flexible.

I use it when using sail tape too.

Grab a can
05-26-2013 03:46 PM
Re: Sail tape not sticking

Are you trying to 'repair' the luff tape (ie the part that goes into the foil?) We've noticed problems sticking sail tape to any areas with heavy stitching, anywhere that's not really clean and possibly salty, but also the added bulk might cause problems sliding in the foil groove if that's what you're trying to do...
05-26-2013 03:45 PM
Re: Sail tape not sticking

Sometimes if you clean the area very well with alcohol it may stick, however I've always had better luck getting it to stick where I don't want it.
Put some on a genny once where it was hitting the spreader, it came off on the end of the spreader and stayed there for a couple years.
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