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Old 10-08-2017, 07:58 AM
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Where to get this tape & I hope it comes in white.

Off to Google/Amazon...

Here it is. Looks like garden variety stuff I just never noticed before. This will be a nice upgrade from taping the seam just while tied down outside.

https://www.amazon.com/3M-General-Pu.../dp/B071453F94
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Old 10-08-2017, 08:37 AM
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Amazon: 3M General Purpose Vinyl Tape 764 White, 3 in x 36 yd 5.0 mil

this is the tape in my picture in the white color.
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Old 10-11-2017, 08:41 PM
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I remember riveting my top deck. It was tight. I felt I had to stretch it over. Over several years I think it's forcing some subtle change in overall fit. My canopy is not as tight as it used to be, it rides up slightly, and my engine cowl has a slight aft facing step. Well, that is what you get for stretching the metal. I've been doing some water ingress testing and I'm tired of seeing water flowing down the rear glass and also next to me from the canopy in rain when not moving. So, I am moving to dark side with tape. One benefit I noticed is an increase in speed. Now I am beginning to think tape is not so bad.

white tape looks better. teflon tape layed underneath at the seam.



tapollogy....teflon tape under the tape at the hinge line. this has been opened and closed several times. still looks good.



tape other places.









RTV to seal water ingress



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Old 10-11-2017, 09:06 PM
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Hmm. You have my attention with tape...
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Old 10-23-2017, 11:18 AM
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Steve,

Would you provide more details about both types of Teflon tape you used. Looks like the tape under the tip-up canopy gap is wider than the other Teflon tape in your pictures. The tape under the "canopy gap tape" also looks like it may be reinforced?
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Old 10-24-2017, 06:07 AM
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I busted thru some rain over the Mississippi River on my trip home from Branson MO this weekend. No water ingress. The canopy has been up and down at least 30 times with the same tape and is still holding fine and looks good. This version of tape has a 1/2" strip of teflon pipe tape laid at the hinge line then 3" vinyl tape laid over the top. We are still early in evolution of the best tape application for this area so there maybe other ideas. I am happy to find something that works and doesn't look too bad.

Note: 2" vinyl tape may be enough for this area compared to the 3" tape.
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Old 10-24-2017, 06:48 AM
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Steve:
I've been handing out rolls of electrical tape at my departure points and having a lineman tape the front seam. I really like your solution - I'm putting it into my "Why didn't I think of that" file and intend to use it on my next trip. Thanks.
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