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#1 John C Martin

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Posted 12 February 2015 - 11:31 AM

Gear Aid's Tenacious Tape... my replacement fo the Lexan reinforcement strips.

 

I cut a little triangle for the inside and outside for the body pin holes. This stuff is very tough, will not tear, no ugly fibers as with strapping tape, far superior to packaging tape. Very very sticky with much better adhesion than the reinforcement strips. 4 thou thick. Comes in a small roll 3"x 20", price $4.95, clear and some colors available.

 

Also best way to reinforce the body clips holes.






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Posted 12 February 2015 - 11:56 AM

Where do you get it?

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Posted 12 February 2015 - 12:01 PM

Where are you getting this, J. C.?

 

Edit: I found it: Tenacious Tape. A Google search turned up multiple sources, including Amazon and outfitters like REI.

 

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Looks like it is an improved version of what used to be called rip-stop repair tape, made to fix tears in down jackets and sleeping bags. With what is probably a much stronger adhesive than the old rip-stop tape.

 

I'll bet that does work well.


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Posted 12 February 2015 - 12:03 PM

From what I saw it comes in colors, too. Not sure if this one is clear. 

 

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#5 John C Martin

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Posted 12 February 2015 - 12:16 PM

Got mine at REI locally, a camping type store. I couldn't find it in any other stores here... Yes, you can get it at Amazon just have to buy ?$ for free shipping.

Thanks, Greg, I thought I posted a picture also... but didn't...

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Posted 12 February 2015 - 12:24 PM

Thanks for the tip, John. I have been looking for something like this for wing cars! :good:  :good:


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Posted 12 February 2015 - 03:01 PM

This stuff gives more side flex for the body versus Lexan strips for pin hole reinforcement also.

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Posted 12 February 2015 - 03:31 PM

Sounds like what I used to use for reinforcing HO Lexan bodies 20 years ago... parachute tape. 
 
I always thought the idea of patching a parachute was a little crazy...  :shok:
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Posted 12 February 2015 - 03:53 PM

I wonder if this is like what Eddy Mac called "helicopter tape"(?).


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Posted 12 February 2015 - 04:57 PM

Thanks for the tip, John. I have been looking for something like this for wing cars! :good:  :good:


Check what I'm doing in Retro tips thread now. Try this method only use a much shorter pin with a wing car because of the much shorter sides.

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Posted 12 February 2015 - 06:01 PM

Mike,

There is an REI store by my office if you want me to see what they have there (e.g. clear vs colored).
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Posted 12 February 2015 - 07:36 PM

Rick,

I have an REI by me. Thanks.

John,

Is the stuff strong enough to repair a still?

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Posted 12 February 2015 - 08:26 PM

Yep, dog, it works for me...

I even fixed a blow out I had on the interstate last week. It comes in bigger patches. Now I don't leave home without it.

This stuff would put Humpty Dumpty back together again. LOL.
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Posted 12 February 2015 - 08:33 PM

From what I saw it comes in colors, too. Not sure if this one is clear.

 
Yep. It comes in black, white, blue, green, brown, and clear.

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Posted 12 February 2015 - 09:50 PM

Paul Pfeiffer, of Alpha Products, has been selling a similar product since  Sept. 2006. Perhaps his has been the so-called rip-stop tape.


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Posted 12 February 2015 - 10:05 PM

I've heard the stuff Paul sells called both rip-stop and parachute tape.

When I got back into racing in 1981, guys were already using it.

IIRC, GRP sold it.

I have to believe this is something different.

I can't imagine the rip-stop able to be made in clear.

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Posted 14 February 2015 - 03:33 PM

 
Yep. It comes in black, white, blue, green, brown, and clear.

Hey Zippity. Where is the best place to buy that in NZ and what is the cost. Just to lazy to do a Google search this morning. thx Trev..



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Posted 14 February 2015 - 04:10 PM

I couldn't find any in Wellington, so I ordered some from Hong Kong last night - free postage too.

 

NZ $21.91 :)



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Posted 14 February 2015 - 07:42 PM

Gear Aid's Tenacious Tape... my replacement fo the Lexan reinforcement strips.

 

I cut a little triangle for the inside and outside for the body pin holes. This stuff is very tough, will not tear, no ugly fibers as with strapping tape, far superior to packaging tape. Very very sticky with much better adhesion than the reinforcement strips. 4 thou thick. Comes in a small roll 3"x 20", price $4.95, clear and some colors available.

 

Also best way to reinforce the body clips holes.

 

I couldn't find any in Wellington, so I ordered some from Hong Kong last night - free postage too.

 

NZ $21.91 :)

I had a look this afternoon and Fishpond or trade Me seem to be the cheapest for us. But for something at started out in life as $4.95usd is going to cost us about $15nzd., so someone is making a good mark up.  Going to ring FCO and Hunting and Fishing tomorrow and see if that stock it 



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Posted 14 February 2015 - 08:56 PM

Fishpond don't have any of the clear tape in stock :(  They supply direct from the USA.

 

I tried several local suppliers yesterday, but to no avail.



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Posted 25 February 2015 - 03:24 PM

I found that the colored version of this tape has some type of thread in it..it's called fabric tape, the clear is called repair tape.
While it is as thin and stronger than the clear it has a fabric appearance,,So I'll use the black on the inside pin holes or clips in the body..
This probably will be even better..

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Posted 25 February 2015 - 04:14 PM

Note that the different colors apparently do have different compositions:

 

"Available in 3" x 20" rolls. Available in clear, black nylon, dark brown nylon, dark blue nylon, sage green ripstop and platinum white ripstop. Lightweight and compact."

 

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Posted 27 February 2015 - 10:02 AM

I drove over to TapeBrothers.com and picked up some Tenacious Tape. The owner, Brian, asked me to let him know how it worked out.  Below is the email and pictures I sent to him.

 

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Brien,

 

You asked me to let you know how the Tenacious Tape I got from you worked out as reinforcement on my slot car bodies.  Well, I've been using it for a couple of weeks now and I'm very satisfied with it. See pictures attached.

 

The tape has all of the properties I was hoping for – it's thin, it's very sticky (even sticks well to itself which is a good thing when using multiple layers), it's tear resistant, and it's almost invisible (as you can see in the pics). It's on the car where the clips go through the body, keeping the body from tearing when crashes occur.

 

The tape is easy to work with – I use my Fiskars paper slicer to quickly cut strips of any width I need  and it's easy to separate the tape from its backing by dragging one of the serrated tips of my tweezers across the edge of the tape. I even like the container that the tape comes in because I can store any unused strips of tape in it.

 

I don't know if I'll ever have any use for any of the colored Tenacious Tape that's available, but I'll be using plenty of the clear for reinforcing and mending my slot cars.

 

Regards,

 

Dale King

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Posted 27 February 2015 - 10:45 AM

Right on, Dale. To obad you didn't put a small strip on the outside and inside front fenders where the Holly sticker is. Try that next time, too.

 

May try this as well. I used to cut a piece of bullet strip about 1/4" wide and stick it on the tips of the ears (chassis) to help with the tipping in turns, and keep the chassis from dragging too much.

I'm thinking this tape will be better (much stickier); may need to add another layer as it's much thinner.



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Posted 27 February 2015 - 05:47 PM

I got a roll from REI in Atlanta yesterday.

 

I think it was $0.95 for the tape and $4 for the container.

 

Will try it out this weekend.


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Posted 05 March 2015 - 05:18 PM

I am always the skeptic, but after attaching Tenacious Tape and body pins using E6000 glue onto several of my bodies and racing them last night, I am convinced! :)

 

I removed the one-piece brass and stainless steel pin tubes from my Champion Turbo-Flex chassis (the chassis we run out here) and soldered in four short 1" pieces of brass tubing.

 

I was scared that the bodies would come loose using the straight pins and that they would not survive a crash or deslotting, but to my surprise, everything worked perfect.

 

I am convinced that the handling capabilities of my cars improved immensely using John's method.  :)

 

Thanks for the tip, John.



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Posted 05 March 2015 - 05:31 PM

Great, Ron.

 

The standard pins, not the big head pins do give more movement (smaller dia.). And must be perfectly straight as well as removing the burrs on the cut-off pin tubes.

 

Plus is you don't lose pins and they won't pull through the body, and body can be removed and replaced very fast.

The shorter-sided bodies such as retro F1s and GTPs, etc., will of course need shorter pins to be able to easily remove and replace the body, but right, Ron, they won't come off...I wreck tested that real fast... LOL.

 

This method to glue the pins to the body is found in the Retro racing/Retro tuning tips and tricks thread. Page 2, post #50.



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Posted 05 March 2015 - 06:54 PM

Your "system" also worked a treat on my G12-powered Bull Dog 3 chassis.  :)



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Posted 31 October 2015 - 07:25 PM

The colored tape is ripstop with fabric material.



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Posted 23 March 2017 - 08:03 PM

I had a Dymo embossing labelmaker when I was a kid and started using this stuff in the late '80s. Only peeled a few times and used 3M double-sided tape to reattach to body. Pretty bulletproof IMO!

Look at THIS on eBay.


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Posted 24 March 2017 - 09:02 PM

You can also buy Tenacious Tape at Gander Mountain stores. I've used this tape for several years and it is great.  

 

It's only negative is that it does "wear out" after a good bit of usage. Meaning the pin holes will get larger with use.

 

For you guys that use a body only once this will be no problem at all. If you use the body multiple times you might need to put an additional layer on to keep the pin hole "small."


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Posted 24 March 2017 - 09:56 PM

I couldn't find any in Wellington, so I ordered some from Hong Kong last night - free postage too.

 

NZ $21.91 :)

 

Hi Ron,

Any link to where You bought Yours?


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Posted 24 March 2017 - 10:21 PM

Try here: http://stores.ebay.c..._sid=1142402615



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Posted 24 March 2017 - 11:22 PM

 

Thanks!


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Posted 07 April 2017 - 02:13 PM

This is my latest find..at Walmart in the section where you'll find the shelf paper there's a product called clear laminate ( peel and stick ) ..It's a 35' x 18" roll for approx.$5.00... It's 2.5 mill thick..very thin very,very sticky..works as good as the tape..this stuff is made by the Duck Tape company..I use this stuff down the whole sides of my thin bodies on the outside front to back , top to bottom leaving @ 1/4 " long on the bottom folded under for more pin hole reinforcement .i cut off the excess at top of sides of body with curved sissors.
This stuff will not tear like a body material will. If you still want a more permanent pin hole put small piece of the reinforcement stuff over each pin hole then add the side tape..Then I cut out the fender wells last..
Yep you still have all your body flex without ripping the bodies up..
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Posted 09 April 2017 - 05:58 PM

Here's the stuff I was talking about c051010234a91effbdce3b3a167a1de7.jpg

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Posted 14 April 2017 - 06:41 PM

This is my latest find..at Walmart in the section where you'll find the shelf paper there's a product called clear laminate ( peel and stick ) ..It's a 35' x 18" roll for approx.$5.00... It's 2.5 mill thick..very thin very,very sticky..works as good as the tape..this stuff is made by the Duck Tape company..I use this stuff down the whole sides of my thin bodies on the outside front to back , top to bottom leaving @ 1/4 " long on the bottom folded under for more pin hole reinforcement .i cut off the excess at top of sides of body with curved sissors.
This stuff will not tear like a body material will. If you still want a more permanent pin hole put small piece of the reinforcement stuff over each pin hole then add the side tape..Then I cut out the fender wells last..
Yep you still have all your body flex without ripping the bodies up..

I bought the clear laminate, tried it and it works great! J.C., thank you for the tip!


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