If you have an inflatable boat, chances are you will at some point have to patch it. A small hole can easily turn into a big leak if not fixed in a timely manner. In this article, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of how to patch an inflatable boat. With the right products and gear, you can be back on the water in no time!
How Do You Repair PVC Inflatable Boats?
There are a few ways you can repair a PVC inflatable boat. The most common way is to use a PVC adhesive, which you can find at most hardware stores. You will also need a piece of cloth or canvas to patch the hole, as well as something to sand down the area around the hole.
- First, clean the area around the hole with soap and water.
- Then, dry it off completely.
- Next, apply the adhesive to both the boat and the patch. Make sure you follow the instructions on the adhesive carefully.
- Once it's been applied, press the patch onto the hole and hold it there for several minutes.
- After that, you should let it dry for 24 hours before inflating your boat.
How Do You Repair Hypalon Inflatable Boats?
If you have a hypalon inflatable boat, the repair process is slightly different. Hypalon is a synthetic rubber that is more expensive and durable than PVC. As such, it can be repaired with either an adhesive or a welding kit.
Welding kits are specifically designed for inflatable boats and are available at most boating stores. They come with two hoses - one to fill the boat with air, and one to weld the patch onto the hole.
- To use a welding kit, first clean the area around the hole and dry it off completely.
- Then, follow the instructions that come with the kit.
- Once you've welded the patch on, let it dry for 24 hours before
What Can I Use To Patch An Inflatable Boat?
There are a few options when it comes to patching an inflatable boat. You can use a pre-glued patch, adhesive caulk, or adhesive tape.
Pre-glued patches are the easiest to use because they come with the glue already applied. All you have to do is peel off the backing and stick it over the hole.
Adhesive caulk is another easy option because you can just squeeze it out of the tube and apply it directly to the hole.
Adhesive tape is a little more difficult to use, but it will work in a pinch. Just make sure that you smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles so that the patch will adhere properly.
Which Glue Is Best For Inflatable Boats?
There are multiple glues that can be used for inflatable boats, but not all of them will work as effectively. For PVC boats, you want to use a glue that is specifically made for PVC. This type of glue is usually white or yellow in color. If you are unsure if the glue you have will work, test it out on a small area before patching the entire hole.
For Hypalon boats, you want to use a contact cement adhesive. This type of glue works best when bonding two Hypalon surfaces together and creates a permanent bond. You should also test this glue on a small area before using it to patch your boat.
How Do You Fix A Hole In The Seam Of An Inflatable Boat?
If you have a hole in the seam of your inflatable boat, the first thing you need to do is find the source of the leak. Once you know where the leak is coming from, you can begin to patch it.
To patch a hole in an inflatable boat, you will need:
- Tube of marine-grade adhesive/sealant
- Clean, dry cloth
- First, use the scissors to cut out a square around the hole. The square should be about two inches wider than the hole itself.
- Next, use sandpaper to rough up the edges of the square; this will help the adhesive/sealant to adhere to the fabric better.
- Now, apply a generous amount of adhesive/sealant to the square and smooth it out with the dry cloth. Be sure to apply the adhesive/sealant all the way to the edges of the square.
- Once you have applied the adhesive/sealant, allow it to dry for at least 24 hours before inflating your boat.
How To Patch A Raft
If you own an inflatable raft, sooner or later you're going to have to patch it. Even the best made rafts can spring a leak, and when they do, you need to be prepared. With the right supplies and a little know how, you can patch your raft quickly and easily, and be back on the water in no time.
Here's what you'll need:
- PVC or hypalon adhesive
- PVC or hypalon patches
- Cleaning solvent
- Measuring tape or ruler
- Knife or razor blade (optional)
First things first - determine what kind of material your raft is made of. This will determine what kind of adhesive and patches you'll need. If you're not sure, consult your raft's owner's manual, or the place where you purchased it. Once you know what kind of material you're dealing with, you can proceed to the next step.
Now that you have your supplies, it's time to get to work. Begin by inflating your raft so that you can access the leak. Once the raft is inflated, use a measuring tape or ruler to measure the size of the hole. This will determine how big of a patch you'll need.
Next, use a cleaning solvent to clean the area around the hole. This will help ensure that the adhesive will adhere properly. Then, cut a patch out of your repair material - again, making sure that it is slightly larger than the hole itself.
Now it's time to apply the adhesive. Follow the instructions on the adhesive carefully, as different adhesives have different application methods. Once you've applied the adhesive, press the patch into place and hold it there for a few minutes to allow the adhesive to set.
If necessary, use a knife or razor blade to trim away any excess repair material. And that's it! You've now successfully patched your raft. All that's left to do is let it dry completely before inflating and hitting the water again.
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If the above was too may words here is a true list of steps:
- Start by inflating your raft so that you can access the leak.
- Once the raft is inflated, use a measuring tape or ruler to measure the size of the hole.
- This will determine how big of a patch you'll need. Next, use a cleaning solvent to clean the area around the hole.
- This will help ensure that the adhesive will adhere properly.
- Then, cut a patch out of your repair material - again, making sure that it is slightly larger than the hole itself.
- Now it's time to apply the adhesive. Follow the instructions on the adhesive carefully, as different adhesives have different application methods.
- Once you've applied the adhesive, press the patch into place and hold it there for a few minutes to allow the adhesive to set.
- If necessary, use a knife or razor blade to trim away any excess repair material.
- You've now successfully patched your raft. All that's left to do is let it dry completely before inflating and hitting the water again.
Does Gorilla Tape Work On Inflatables?
You betcha. Gorilla Tape is one of the most versatile tools you can have in your arsenal when it comes to patching up an inflatable boat. It's water resistant, durable, and can adhere to just about any surface - making it the perfect choice for a quick fix. Plus, it comes in a handy dispenser that will make applying the tape a breeze.
There is just one caveat to this. This should only be used for very cheap inflatable boats (Intex) or for quick patches while out on the water and it's an absolute emergency!
Can You Use Super Glue On Inflatables?
You might be wondering if you can just patch your inflatable boat with some super glue. Unfortunately, that isn't going to work. Super glue is not made to adhere to the fabric of an inflatable boat and will eventually peel off or come loose. You need to use a product that is specifically made for patching inflatables.