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Tear on the dodger window

I have a 3" tear of the vinyl on the dodger. Is there a way to repair without replacing the entire window? I was thinking of a vinyl patch. But. What gauge is the dodger vinyl normally?
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a patch won't look good, better to get it replaced, it shouldn't be too expensive
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Re: Tear on the dodger window

I'm not positive, but I believe it can be repaired with Ethylene-Dichloride. It works very, very well on many acrylic plastics and it's very easy to apply. Just hold the two edges together, place a couple drops on the tear, and hold for about 5 minutes, which is the drying and curing time. Can't hurt to try.

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I'm not positive, but I believe it can be repaired with Ethylene-Dichloride.
Where do you get ethylene dichloride? Is there a brand-name product you can find in stores?
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Re: Tear on the dodger window

Replace it. Not that expensive. I had all the windows in mine replaced, plus replaced the zippers plus completely restitched for $300.
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Re: Tear on the dodger window

We got several plastic glues and tested them on the some dodger window plastic we bought from a canvas shop when that happened to us. We had a split about 4" long, in the corner of one of the three front windows. I think we settled on a 2 part clear epoxy and we glued a patch on which has held for several years. It isn't pretty, but it isn't eye catching either.

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Re: Tear on the dodger window

How old is the canvas

If it were me I would replace it with Strataglass. Donna is making our new dodger right now. Our last one she made is 8 years old. The glass looks new while the sumbrella canvas has seen its better day. Use the imar protectant religiously on the glass on both sides and never use anything butter water and a soft cotton or microfiber cloth. We keep a spray bottle on board for water just to clean the glass.

A patch will hold for a while but you'll never truly be happy with it and eventually replace it., so might as well do it now.


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Re: Tear on the dodger window

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I have a 3" tear of the vinyl on the dodger. Is there a way to repair without replacing the entire window? I was thinking of a vinyl patch. But. What gauge is the dodger vinyl normally?

If it tore it is because the vinyl is shot.

Most likely the products is 20-30 gauge Regalite. If you want to save a buck, sew it in yourself. You should probably just do them all while you are at it and be done for 10 years.

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Re: Tear on the dodger window

FYI the dodger is 4 years old.
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Re: Tear on the dodger window

My dodger windows are sewn in with two rows of stitches with the vinyl on the inside of the dodger. They are not hard to replace at all. Here is how I do it.

1. Rip out the outside row of stitches leaving the window secured by the inner row of stitches.
2. Cut away the outside of the existing window close to the inner row of stitches.
3. From new vinyl cut out a slightly oversized window and place it over the existing window on the same side of the dodger as the existing window.
4. Sew the new window in place stitching where the outside row of stitches previously were.
5. Rip out the inside row of stitches that are holding the old window in place and remove the old window.
6. Sew a new inside row of stitches in the new window.
7. Trim the oversize new window to the outside row of stitches.

This method preserves the size and shape of the dodger.
Thinner vinyl is easier to handle than thick.
It is easier to sew four separate straight lines of stitches than one continuous box when you are positioning the huge thing on your sewing machine.
In my case the adhesive from double sided tape messes up the vinyl surface, so it is not useful.
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