Want to learn how to repair an inflatable? Believe it or not, inflatable boat repair is actually pretty easy when you know the proper steps and have the appropriate tools and products. By following the steps below you should be able to make repairs to rips, tears or holes in all types of inflatable boats, including Hypalon and PVC.
STEP 1: Inflate the inflatable. Once inflated, you will need to remove any dirt, salt or residue with a clean rinsing detergent. M Essentials Wetsuit and Drysuit Shampoo is ideal because it not only cleans, but also conditions rubber and plastic items.
STEP 2: Cleaning with a soapy detergent is also important because it allows you to check for any possible leaks. As you’re cleaning check for areas where the bubbles appear to grow or get larger. Escaping air will cause larger bubbles to rise and form on the surface.
STEP 3: Mark the areas where there are possible leaks with a pen, marker or piece of tape. Once marked, rinse away any soapy residue.
STEP 4: Lightly sand the area with fine-grit sandpaper to help roughen the repair area. Roughening the surface will help with adhesion once you apply the adhesive.
STEP 5: After roughening the surface with fine grit sandpaper, you will need to clean the surface with a mild solvent like isopropyl alcohol.
STEP 6: Once, prepped, clean and dry, deflate the inflatable.
STEP 7: Last, you will need to apply an adhesive. We recommend Aquaseal. Aquaseal is a permanent adhesive that is flexible, waterproof and highly abrasion resistant. Simply apply the adhesive over the rip, tear or hole and allow the adhesive to cure flat and untouched for 12 hours.
Once cured, you’re ready to hit the water. No need for patches, fabric or extra material. Inflatable boat repair has never been so easy!
Originally Published: Jul 23, 2015