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Waterproof inside of pack and fix rip at bottom

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Rgarner, Oct 11, 2021.

  1. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    What would be good for this? Would duct tape work? Thank goodness I at least have some of that, though not a lot, from the dollar store. It's not huge, just about the size a student might take to school, with a main compartment and a smaller one that both zip. By the way, what's good to fix a stubborn zipper? I was told a crayon because of the wax, but it didn't work. Again, though, it's that cheap dollar store kind of crayon.

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  2. Dngrsone

    Dngrsone Android Expert

    If it's a good backpack, just with a rip, I'd probably stitch the rip together. Waterproofing is an entirely different thing, though. One can get waterproofing spray at a hardware store.

    For stubborn zippers, cleaning the teeth if they are dirty and using something like beeswax might help, but for cheap zippers there really isn't any fixing it.
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  3. olbriar


    Cleaning the zipper and applying a light coat of silicone spray might help your zipper. As noted above, if it's a cheap zipper there isn't a lot that can improve it better than it's design. As for water sealing an interior breach I would suggest flex seal tape. It's not a fix all but it does a fair job.
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  4. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    just put a trash bag over the backpack....like this:
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  5. Dngrsone

    Dngrsone Android Expert

    If it's a quality backpack (Jansport, Camelbak, Osprey), then there might be a lifetime warranty. I've sent a few Jansports out for warranty over the decades.
  6. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    As far as backpacks and other nylon (or whatever) material carrying luggage goes...

    unfortunately you are putting a bandaid on a sucking chest wound.

    The absoulute best repair?
    Probably duct taping the inside (turn the pack inside out first) and the outside and then stiching it around the outside of the repair, and then also crossing through the center a couple/few times.

    Then use wax (by rubbing) over the outside.

    This is how I fix tents and other such things.

    Keep in mind that this repair will be stronger than the original material, so you will experience more problems along side of or near the same areas.
    The same repair can be done again, and again.
    Eventually, you will have a double duct-taped stiched backpack.
  7. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    As for the zipper, rub a candle along both sides (in and out) while it is zipped, and then unzip it and do it again along all four sides.

    Work it in by zipping and unzipping.

    If trouble persists, try using a metal bristle brush along both zipped sides and then wax as above again.
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  8. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    Also, check Goodwill and other such places for good deals on backpacks.
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  9. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Thanks, I ended up going with the trash bag for now. Aren't you proud of me that I came up with that one on my own? As for a candle, would a votive from the dollar store do?
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  10. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    Just use tea candles or a block of parrafin wax.

    The parrafin wax is prefered.
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  11. rootabaga

    rootabaga Android Expert

    …not to mention how nice and light it will be! ;) :D
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  12. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Light would be nice. Where do I get paraffin wax? I bet that's not at the dollar store.
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  13. olbriar


    Grocery stores will have it for candy making. Dollar store might be a source.
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  14. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    Yeah, by the time you double side and stitch duct tape over the bag, you will have enough invested in duct tape to have bought another bag, lol.

    And you will be carrying around 2 rolls of duct tape everywhere you go.
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  15. Madd61

    Madd61 Well-Known Member

    Louis Vuitton have an in - store luggage repair service.
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  16. Dngrsone

    Dngrsone Android Expert

    Of course, if you have a Louis Vuitton, you are probably not shopping at the Dollar Store
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  17. Madd61

    Madd61 Well-Known Member

    Surely everyone here only has LV when they travel.

    If not, dear God, what kind of people have I been dealing with all this time?


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  18. Dngrsone

    Dngrsone Android Expert

    People who work for a living?
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  19. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    Nah, you're probably buying LV cheap online from Wish, AliExpress, etc.

    We lave loads of Louis Vuitton, Louise Vittin, Giorgio Armani, Georgie Amanda, etc. in China,
    ....including LV houses..
    #19 mikedt, Oct 13, 2021
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2021
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  20. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    In all seriousness, I got the paraffin wax, and now what? I have never used this stuff. By the way, is that an actual Chinese HOUSE? I didn't know they had them. I thought it was all apartments. Please forgive my ignorance.

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