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FAQs: Inflatable Boat Repair

Can inflatable boats be repaired?

A few simple methods can be used to repair any damage to your inflatable boat, SUPboard, pontoon, boat, river tube, or PVC raft. To repair your inflatables, you will only need a few waterproof products. Glue, tape, and patches are examples of these.

How do you fix an inflatable boat?

To ensure proper boat repair, the relative humidity in the boat repair environment must be less than 60%.A temperature range of 18 to 25 degrees Celsius should also be observed there. An open flame should not be used to illuminate the area.

When working with Hypalon boat fabric, it is important to use the proper adhesive. Boat repair necessitates the use of a variety of tools and materials. This includes glue, fabric glue, a piece of polyester, sandpaper, and a Acetone or solvent/primer, among other materials.

These are the basic steps for fixing an inflatable boat:

  • Identify the fabric used in the construction of the inflatable boat. The type of fabric used to repair the boat determines what type of apparatus will be used.

  • You should create a relaxing environment for your vehicle's repair and maintenance.

  • For the repair of the collars and tubes on the inflatable boat, tissue tears up to 55mm in length are necessary. For larger tears, a single fabric patch can be used. However, it is not possible to repair large tears.

  • Make sure you have all the necessary materials ready for when you need them.

  • Use your magnifying glasses to locate the tear in the tube. Spray soap water onto the tube if you are still unsure. Watch for bubbles to form.

  • You should create a fabric patch with rounded corners and overlap. To make adhesives more easy to apply, you should abrade the back of Hypalon or PU patches.

  • Before you proceed, clean the back of your patch with a solvent. To avoid using too much adhesive, it is important to cover the area to be repaired.

  • To secure the patches in place, apply a thin layer of a 2-part adhesive on the back. After 20 minutes has passed, apply the second coat.

  • To make it easier to roll the patch up and insert into the tear, place a small amount of polythene on the glue area.

  • Allow the patch to dry on the surface.

  • Smoothen the patch to remove any air bubbles.

  • Take off the masking tape, excess adhesive, and remove the surface.

  • It is recommended that you place a heavy load on the boat for 24 hours to ensure the repair is successful.

How to replace an inflatable boat valve?

For the purpose of repairing inflatable boats, it is necessary for the area where the valve is to be replaced to be free of stress, to have a relative humidity lower than 60%, and to have a temperature between 18 degrees Celsius (25 degrees Celsius). Ventilation is also necessary.

The procedure then is as follows:

  • Remove the valve and inflate the tube. Remove the valve and replace it.


  • Ripping the fabric will allow you to remove the entire valve assembly.

  • Attach the new valve with the help of a valve-doubler.

  • Place the valve on top of the tube and make a mark on the tube where the valve should be.

  • Mask the area with a removable masking tap to prevent the application of excessive adhesive.

  • You can use a key for adhesive by removing the backing from the doubler (only Hypalon). Excessive abrasion should be avoided as it may cause damage to the fabric. It is not necessary to use abrasive PVC.

  • Allow the solvent to dry on the back of your patch and then wait for it to evaporate completely before continuing.

  • To apply adhesive, a brush should be used. Allow for a 20-minute drying period. On the cut-out, you should apply both the patch and the doubler. Remove any bubbles from the fabric by smoothing it out.

  • Remove all of the adhesive and excess solvent from the surface. For the next 24 hours, place a heavy object on top of it.

What is the life of an inflatable boat?

An inflatable boat has a lifespan of approximately 10-15 years on average. Because of the different ways in which the inflatable boat is used, the approximate lifespan may vary. There are a variety of factors that influence the expected life span of a boat. These factors include the item's age, how it is stored, how much UV exposure it has received, and the method of manufacture, such as whether the seams are hand-glued or machine-welded.

Boats constructed of Hypalon will last significantly longer than boats constructed of PVC under normal conditions. Inflatable boats can be easily damaged if they are not properly maintained and cared for after they have been purchased.

How to Repair Small Tears in an Inflatable Boat?

Only one thing can be said to describe these minuscule openings. These can be excruciatingly painful. It is not necessary for a tear to result in the loss of your boat. If a layer on your boat has been torn but not sufficiently to create a hole, the repairs should not take too long. Everything is basically being put back together with glue.

This does not necessitate any patching. All that is required is that you sand it as you did before. You want it to have a worn appearance. After that, clean it according to the material that was used to construct your boat. After that, you can skip the step of patching your computer.

Take a look at the area that has been damaged. It is possible that you will need to remove the damaged area and replace it with a new layer. If this is the case, you can color it to match the rest of the room. Fabric markers in the same color as your fabric can be purchased.

Aquaseal FFD is an adhesive that adheres to a variety of surfaces. This adhesive was specifically designed for this type of application. This adhesive is flexible and waterproof, making it ideal for use in boat repairs. In accordance with the instructions, it should be applied over the torn and sanded surface.

It will take several hours for the glue to dry completely. It is recommended that you wait at least 12 hours for the glue to dry completely, according to the instructions.

How to Repair PVC and Urethane Inflatable Boat?

In order to repair or patch your inflatable PVC and/or urethane boat, you should be familiar with the appropriate techniques.

The first step is to identify the source of the leak and shut it down. It is possible that you will not be able to locate the source of the leak right away. Make a mark on the spot and sew a patch on the spot that is about 3 inches away from the hole. Shape the patch in a circle or oval shape; straight edges can cause snags and peeling.

Mechanical, chemical, and patch application are the three steps involved in repairing a broken bone. The use of PVC/urethane for the repair is not required, but is a good idea in most cases. After that, use a solvent to clean up any remaining contaminants. Although MEK (methyl ethyl ketones) is the preferred solvent, acetone can also be used in small quantities.

Apply the glue to the surface. Clifton Urethane Adhesive is the adhesive that we use. For other adhesives, such as HH66 or Stabond, please refer to the product page for specific application instructions.

Allow for 3-5 minutes for the solvent to evaporate before applying a thin layer of adhesive to the surface. 3-5 minutes should elapse after applying another thin layer of adhesive before carefully rolling the patch into place. Make sure there isn't any trapped air underneath the patch. Apply pressure to the patch from all sides with a roller. Remove any excess glue with a solvent and allow it to cure for 24 hours before attempting to remove it. If you need to use the boat right away, don't put any pressure on the compartment.

How do you remove a patch from an inflatable boat?

Plugging in a hair dryer will help to warm up the adhesive. Scrape the edges with a putty knife to make them smooth. You should avoid using a putty knife with sharp edges that could puncture the rafting material. Make sure that the patch is still hot while you scrape it with your putty knives.

What is my inflatable boat made of?

Inflatable boats of the modern era are constructed from supported fabric. These rubberized synthetic fabrics, PVC, and polyurethane are used to construct these inflatable boats. They provide sponsons that are light in weight and airtight.

Can Gorilla Glue be used to seal a leak?

In minutes, you can repair a leaking gutter with Gorilla Glue Water resistant Patch and Seal Tape. Gorilla Water resistant Patch & Sealtape are easy to apply and will keep water, humidity, and air out.

Can you use acetone on an inflatable boat?

For this reason, inflatable boats are more fragile than aluminum or fiberglass boats, and therefore the same cleaners and protectors can not be used on both. The use of solvents such as MEK or acetone to clean inflatable boats is strictly prohibited.

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