- I never damage mine, I use 'em 'til I lose 'em.
- When they have so many holes that they act like a short, wide streamer, I replace 'em.
- I fix 'em.
I've been out of the tape for a long time and, after the last launch, I decided I needed some more. So, I bought 2 yards of black, purple, and hot pink.
Today, I fixed a half dozen or so 'chutes, with this one (the same one that used to live in a tree) needing the most patches. This is a really thin, big 'chute and it was showing wear in addition to having burns. You can't can't see even all the yellow patches from the first round of fixes and I even found one more spot during the photo op.