The patch can also be used to repair trailer panels and flashings, motorcycle and ATV fairings, and any other vehicle damage requiring strong adhesion and structural support.
Unlike tape, the patch becomes rigid after it’s shaped and then cooled, creating a durable, water-resistant, structural repair that won’t crumble or peel off.
Originally developed for NASA and made with “shape memory” material, this temporary, all-weather, space-age patch can be warmed, molded, and adhered over the repair site, and allowed to cool, forming rigid structural support. Rec’Repair holds tightly to the damaged area with a high-performance adhesive.
Rec’Repair® kits include the same water-activated MRE heater bags used in the field by campers and soldiers. Adding water to the heater bag triggers a reaction that produces steam and enough heat to make the patch flexible.HOW THE KITS WORK
Clean the damaged area with the alcohol swabs provided. The area should be dry and free of dirt and debris or the patch may not work. Remove all contents from foil bag. Put on protective gloves. Tear off the top of the heater and pour water into the heater bag until it reaches the fill lines. This activates the heater.
Heat the patch with the water-activated heating bag, included in the kit, until the patch becomes flexible. The patch material can also be heated by being wrapped in foil in a frying pan on a camp stove, with a heat gun, with a hair straightener (flat iron) or with another heating device from an RV.
Peel off the adhesive backing while the patch is flexible and warm.
Form the patch material over and around the damaged area. Press to ensure consistent adhesion. Shape the patch until it cools (only seconds) and becomes rigid.
Within minutes, your repair is complete.
Holds, strengthens and repairs a variety of materials and surfaces including boats, oars, paddles, canoes, kayaks, coolers, hiking poles, backpack frames, and ATV fairings.
HOW THE PATCHES WORK
For best results, clean the damaged area first. For best adhesion, damaged area should be dry and free of dirt and debris.
Heat the patch to approximately 194 °F (90 °C) using an appropriate
heating method. Heating methods can be MRE heater (included with kits),
oven (wrap in foil to protect paper backing), or heat gun. Warning: DO NOT
HEAT ABOVE 270 °F (132 °C). Be sure your heating method complies with safety
standards according to the conditions under which you will be applying the patch-
for example, outdoors, in rainy weather, near flammable materials, etc.
Once the temperature is near or above 194 °F (90 °C), the material will soften and
become very flexible. While heated, it can be easily cut to shape with scissors, if
desired. While wearing gloves that protect against the heat, remove and discard
the paper backing from the material. Avoid touching the adhesive once the paper
backing is removed.
With the adhesive side facing the repair surface, form the flexible Rec’Repair
patch over the damaged area, applying pressure to shape it and press it into the
contours of the repair surface. Continue pressing and shaping until it cools and
becomes rigid again. Cooling time depends on the temperature of the damaged
surface and on ambient air temperature, but normally the patch cools and becomes
rigid again within seconds.
Rec’Repair is a strong repair which can be removed later by prying it off
with a putty knife or other slender object. It’s best to remove it while it’s cool
How can I heat the patch?
We recommend a standard heat gun. Other heating devices that can be used include a paint stripping gun, a conventional or toaster oven (wrap the patch in foil to protect the paper lining), a microwave (wrap the patch in a paper towel and do not overheat), or a sealed boiling bag. Hair dryers typically do not generate enough heat to activate the patch.