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GeeBee

RO# 385



Posted - Mar 04 2017 :  09:59:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Saw this on TV an wonder if it works. If this is as advertised it seems to me to be the bomb for holed hulls and burst hoses.

http://www.flexsealproducts.com/product/flextape/
"The trouble with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money."... Margaret Thatcher

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captainwjm

RO# 1933

Posted - Mar 04 2017 :  15:02:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Marina neighbor, knowledgeable former commercial mariner, used it on his bimini to stop leaks along the center seams and to repair where thread was pulling through. He applied the tape on the underside of the bimini on his enclosed bridge about a month ago. So far he is pleased with the results, but we haven't had much rain to test the leak-proofing.

Bill
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L. Keith

RO# 1615

Posted - Mar 05 2017 :  10:09:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Down the bayou, it is used to save folks from the floods.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-JhjYdMz24




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CurrentSea

RO# 10265



Posted - Mar 05 2017 :  10:40:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have a roll of something, I think its called rescue tape.
Does the same thing but designed for boats, which means twice the cost!


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GeeBee

RO# 385



Posted - Mar 05 2017 :  11:09:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This stuff is a little different from rescue tape. Rescue tape is self adhering, where as this has a water proof adhesive. You cannot put rescue tape over a large hole in the hull.



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CurrentSea

RO# 10265



Posted - Mar 05 2017 :  11:19:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ok, well if you order now, I will throw in 2 rolls for the price of 1.
LOL

Seriously, flextape reviews are not so good, rescue tape are.

Could just be another made for tv product that looks good on tv but does not work in real life!




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Sandy

RO# 1159

Posted - Mar 05 2017 :  14:55:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by CurrentSea

I have a roll of something, I think its called rescue tape.
Does the same thing but designed for boats, which means twice the cost!



As GeeBee pointed out, Rescue Tape has no adhesive and will stick to nothing except itself.(I.e., "self-amalgamating" or "self-vulcanising".)
Often used for insulating wraps on itself over electrical splices or connectors.
Not the same as strong adhesive Flex Tape at all.

I don't think either one is particularly suited for holding in or back fluids under any pressure without add'l support.


Sandy

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GeeBee

RO# 385



Posted - Mar 05 2017 :  20:09:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by CurrentSea

Ok, well if you order now, I will throw in 2 rolls for the price of 1.
LOL

Seriously, flextape reviews are not so good, rescue tape are.

Could just be another made for tv product that looks good on tv but does not work in real life!






You got some links?



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JAK

RO# 9376

Posted - Mar 28 2017 :  07:48:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Perfect timing for this product question. This past weekend a local TV station tested the Flex Tape claims. They duplicated the same fixes as seen on tv. They all worked, even slapping the tape on the gushing barrel of water. It stood up to all the commercial claims.


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GeeBee

RO# 385



Posted - Mar 29 2017 :  14:32:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Interesting. I am going to get some and try it.



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Sandy

RO# 1159

Posted - Mar 30 2017 :  14:29:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That's certainly impressive Flex Tape apparently will adhere pretty well when wet since most tapes will not.
But just keep in mind most of those demonstrations have large holes in the container of water to show impressive leak flow, but the holes are only maybe 6" or less from water top surface which at 6" deep creates only 0.22 PSI. Even at 1'depth it's only 0.43 PSI above ambient .

I'm betting that the demo with the cut in 1/2 skiff showed the boat powering along with tape nicely applied before the shot of Phil Swift cutting the boat, or one just like it, in 1/2. Oh, skeptical me.

But that said it could be very handy tape due to the strong adhesion, especially if used to have water pressure pushing it into the hole.


I actually have 2 4'x5' rolls (black & white) of Flex Tape my sister recently gave me as a haha b-day present, but I've not yet had occasion to stop an essentially non-pressurized leak or had to tape back together a boat I've cut in 1/2.
I suspect she watches TV for the commercials and not just during the Super Bowl.


Sandy

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