Don't lose sleep over a leaky sleeping pad
It's easy to repair a Therm-a-rest, Big Agnes, Nemo, REI or other style sleeping pad with the Seam Grip® Field Repair Kit. Fix the leak and get a good night's rest on your next camping trip.
The first step in repairing your deflated sleeping pad is to find where the air is leaking. To find the hole, inflate the pad and listen for the leak. If you don't find it right away, you can either pour soapy water on the sleeping pad or submerge the pad in water. Watch for bubbles to indicate where the air is escaping.
Once you've found the hole, mark it with a felt tip marker. If it's a puncture hole, check the other side of the pad to see if the puncture went all the way through and out the other side. After you've marked the hole, you're ready to begin the repair.
Clean and dry the area to be repaired. Isopropyl alcohol works well for cleaning the repair area. Apply Seam Grip® to cover the hole and spread 1⁄4” (5mm) beyond. Allow Seam Grip to dry level overnight.
To speed the cure time, mix a few drops of water into Seam Grip before applying to the hole. Seam Grip cures faster when it’s wet (use patch backing for mixing). Apply mixture and allow to cure level for 30 minutes (It will be fully cured in 2 hours). Note: Mixing Seam Grip with water will make repair cloudy. For a clear repair, mix with Cotol-240™.
To use the repaired pad at once, center the Tenacious Tape ™ patch and apply over uncured Seam Grip. The patch must extend at least 1⁄2” (10mm) beyond the Seam Grip. Press patch firmly onto pad. Your sleeping pad is ready for use! Allow the patch to remain for 3 to 4 days, then remove. The Seam Grip will have permanently sealed the hole underneath.
Repair Leaky Sleeping Pad Valves:
Seam Grip seals small holes and leaks in the sleeping pad nozzle area. Seal with Seam Grip and stand upright overnight.
Originally Published: Jul 7, 2013