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Old 11-23-2013, 11:18 AM   #1
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Zip-Dee tear

Anyone patch a tear (caused by door opening) ? The rest of the 22' awning is fine, but I'd rather explore the options, other than replacing the whole wrap $$$$$$$ Help!
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Old 11-23-2013, 12:25 PM   #2
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Whatever you do short of replacing the whole fabric is going to look like a "patch", but you might try a couple of pieces of the blue denim, iron-on patches, one on top, and the other on the bottom. These are the ones used to patch holes in blue jeans.

It will be temporary, like most everything else you can do to it short of replacing it. Oh, and it would be good to get one of those wheels for the top of the door to prevent further damage.
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I contacted Zip Dee and they sent me a coue of patches of matching fabric. Applied with contact cement on top side. Still there after 5 years and constant use
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I contacted Zip Dee and they sent me a coue of patches of matching fabric. Applied with contact cement on top side. Still there after 5 years and constant use
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I, too, patched a Zip Dee awning. If Zip Dee doesn't have your fabric, you can try to find it online & purchase a yard. You can make your own patch & line it up with the pattern of your awning. It will be barely noticeable & save you tons of $ I used some stuff from JoAnne fabric that keeps fabric from fraying before I applied my patch, because the edges weren't sewn to keep it from fraying. Good luck!
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I used some stuff from JoAnne fabric that keeps fabric from fraying before I applied my patch, because the edges weren't sewn to keep it from fraying.
I think it's called Liquid Stitch
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Old 11-23-2013, 04:42 PM   #7
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Zip Dee sent me a piece of matching fabric and instructed me to use silicone sealant to patch.

Mine was a wear hole. It was probably caused by NOT rolling the awning up with the strap at a diaganol. I think the increased thicknes of the strap material caused excessive wear of fabric against aluminum.
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Thank you all for the great advice!
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I fixed a wear hole with fabric that ZipDee provided and silicone sealer. 2 years later it still looks great.
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Great thread, we have a tear where PO must have rolled it up across the tie down eye. I had not heard about strap at diagonal
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I had not heard about strap at diagonal
ZipDee in their care manual advises to roll up the awning with the strap at a back-and forth (or as advised above, a diagonal angle). The purpose being to keep the strap from mounding up in the middle.
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Our problem was exacerbated by a broken spring assembly, which caused me to dog-down the awning until I could get two old duffers and two young bucks to roll it back up. I did wire the arms and clamp wheel down for the trip to Tucson for repair at Oasis. Zip Dee was most helpfull, though they dropped the ball on the spring assembly size.
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