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Feb 14, 2014 15:23 |  #1

I purchased a Paul Buff large foldable softbox used, and it recently tore a hole in the black fabic running along one of the support beams. Is there a recommended tape that I can use to patch the hole? I emailed Paul Buff and they dont do repair, they directed me to their website to purchase a new one....:confused:


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Feb 14, 2014 15:27 |  #2

Duct tape is like the force, it has a dark side, a light side, and it holds the universe together. And now it comes in designer colors.




  
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Feb 14, 2014 15:29 |  #3

Ha.....good call.......wow, I think this is going into my signature.


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Feb 14, 2014 15:34 |  #4

All joking aside you just need a strong tape wide enough to hold the sides together with a great deal of overlap. When I was in college a couple of our softboxes were more duct tape than original fabric on the outside.




  
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Feb 14, 2014 16:07 |  #5

I'd suggest Gorilla Tape which is like duct tape in black, stronger than the regular stuff and more heat resistant.




  
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Feb 14, 2014 16:19 |  #6

WolfProperties wrote in post #16689650 (external link)
I purchased a Paul Buff large foldable softbox used, and it recently tore a hole in the black fabic running along one of the support beams. Is there a recommended tape that I can use to patch the hole? I emailed Paul Buff and they dont do repair, they directed me to their website to purchase a new one....:confused:

I've never tried this but a repair kit for tents/kites/backpacks should make for a stronger repair than tape. Search for "iron-on repair patch".

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Edit: followups to this message suggest this isn't such a good idea.




  
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Feb 14, 2014 16:21 |  #7

CAPhotog wrote in post #16689754 (external link)
I'd suggest Gorilla Tape which is like duct tape in black, stronger than the regular stuff and more heat resistant.

Ive used gorilla on mine. Works like a charm.


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Strobo wrote in post #16689765 (external link)
I've never tried this but a repair kit for tents/kites/backpacks should make for a stronger repair than tape. Search for "iron-on repair patch".

You need to be careful that you don't scorch the nylon to the point of making the silver interior. I'm not certain the outer material would stand up to that sort of heat on the outside without melting. Tape is plenty strong enough.




  
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Feb 14, 2014 16:56 |  #9

Strobo wrote in post #16689765 (external link)
I've never tried this but a repair kit for tents/kites/backpacks should make for a stronger repair than tape. Search for "iron-on repair patch".

Unless you are extremely deft with an flat iron, like "gonzogolf", I would also avoid iron on patch material as a fix.

Most sotboxes are constructed of nylon, or nylon like, material that have a reasonably low melting point.

The iron on patch material works by using a hot melt like glue that also has a low melting point, likely a bit lower than nylon, but you will be trying to hit a very small target temperature of high enough for the hot melt patch, but not so hot to melt the nylon.

I would suggest you punt to a more forgiving repair process.

If it is smaller hole, hand sewing would likely be a good method.

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