Repair Tears and Holes with our Patch Kits!
Be sure to check out our Getting Started information before beginning any inflatable repair project!
Repairing an Inflatable Boat usually involves patching holes. (For re-skinning worn areas, read about our Liquid Rubber product.)
Two types of holes are common in inflatable boats; holes you can see and holes you cannot see. For the holes you can find, the best repair is always to patch it with material and glue. You will need to know the material your boat is made of (Hypalon or PVC) as the better glues are specific to the material. Click here to read more about inflatable boat materials.
Inland Marine USA provides Patch Kits for either Hypalon or PVC boats. The kit includes a 4 oz container of the approporiate glue for the material, and a 6” x 12” piece of material. In most cases, an external patch is sufficient, but for larger holes (1/2” diameter or more), we recommend an internal patch in addition to an external patch, thus sandwiching the hole between two patches.
The second types of holes are what boat manufacturers call “porosity.” All inflatables, regardless of manufacturer, develop pinhole leaks over time. Typically, your boat loses air over a day or two but you cannot find a hole on the outside to patch. We make our Sealant for this repair. Inland Marine USA Sealant has been used by the US Navy, Coast Guard, and boaters worldwide since 1985. It is an internal sealer that cures 100% and can be used on any type of boat, (Hypalon or PVC/Neoprene).
Inflatable Boat Sealant Kit Stops Slow Leaks!
Inland Marine Sealant® is specially formulated for use with inflatable boats, rafts and tow toys. This sealant forms a bond with the interior fabric of the inflatable, stopping or "sealing" slow leaks and preventing future leaks from developing.
In one easy step, leaks are cured from the inside, which are virtually impossible to find from the outside. Inland Marine Sealant is the only product of its kind which allows for future deflation of your inflatable (for storage, etc.) without the skin sticking to itself and making re-inflation virtually impossible. This is why Inland Marine Sealant has earned a 5-Star product rating from West Marine™, and is has been used by the US Navy and Yachters worldwide since 1986.
If you are having a difficult time locating the leak in your raft, kayak, tow toy, or dinghy, you need to use Inland Marine USA Sealant, because our Sealant isespecially helpful in fixing those difficult slow leaks that are not easy to find. Our Sealant provides a strong bond that should last for years when applied according to the easy instructions.
It will seal the leak(s) and keep your inflatable firm for years to come. And Inland Marine USA Sealant can be used multiple times, so if your inflatable develops a new leak weeks or years from now, you can use the sealant again!
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How can something so thin be so strong?
Inland Marine USA Sealant flows faster than water. The viscosity of our sealant was specially formulated by our chemist to repair inflatable boats and make them reliable – even in rough seas.
You might compare our Sealant to a sheet of Kevlar. Kevlar can stop bullets; a 2 mil thickness of Inland Marine USA Sealant can stop air up to 90 PSI. In tests, we have even sealed soccer balls and used them in games, bounced them on concrete, and kicked them as hard as we could without leaks.
Since 1986, our sealant has been used by boaters around the world to repair inflatable boats of all kinds. The product is used by professional raft repair companies, US Navy Seals, and individuals like you for inflatable boat repair.
Some manufactures even use Inland Marine USA sealant to repair boats in their Quality Assurance Test. Slow leaks can be difficult or even impossible to find, but our sealant will solve all your slow leak problems in minutes!
Liquid Rubber® for Re-skinning Inflatable Boats,
Kayaks, Rafts and Tow Toys.
Inland Marine Liquid Rubber® is truly a unique breakthrough in the rubber field. For the first time we are able to get 100% pure EPDM liquid-form rubber to cure without vulcanizing (applying high heat and pressure at the same time, which is what the manufacturer did when your boat was made). The consistency of honey, Liquid Rubber "paints" on to form a seamless, leakproof membrane of pure rubber. Available in black, gray or white, one quart will renew a 10-foot boat with a coating 5-7 mils thick, when applied according to the easy-to-follow instructions. (If you can paint a wall, you can do this!)
Since the original skin of most inflatable boats is 5-6 mils thick, Liquid Rubber truly renews and restores your boat to its new condition, even if your boat has lost some of its outer skin and even if the fabric is showing through. Years of use can wear the outer surface of your inflatable; abrasion and UV exposure can make your boat look old and worn-out and can cause slow leaks. Use Inland Marine Liquid Rubber to spot-repair or reinforce those heavy wear spots before they wear through. Or, re-skin the entire boat with Liquid Rubber to add years of serviceability to your boat. Liquid Rubber can be used again and again in the future to restore your boat's original look. Available in three (3) colors to help match your original inflatable skin color.
Can I paint Liquid Rubber?
Liquid Rubber comes in three colors. Grey (the color of many new inflatables), Black, and White. You may not want or need to paint your inflatable after you use Liquid Rubber to re-skin it. However, if you do want to paint it, you should use Inland Marine USA’s Top Side Paint.
Our Top Side Paint is mixed with our Sealant to provide an extra bond and seal for your inflatable. Elasticity is important when painting an inflatable boat and Inland Marine's Top Side paint exceeds these requirements. Your inflatable boat will expand and contract when it is exposed to the sun and shade. If the paint you use does not have the elasticity to adjust to these changes, it will crack and peel. Inland Marine USA provides Top Side Paint in seven (7) colors so you can paint your boat, or creatively make it unique and easier to find when in a busy port of call.
Inland Marine USA Top Side Paint
This is not the paint your Daddy used on his boat! (And not anywhere close to the paint sitting next to it on the shelf at your marine store.) Inland Marine Top Side Paint® is specially formulated to have the elasticity and UV resistance required for use with inflatable boats. Because inflatable boats expand in the hot sun and contract at night in the cooler temperatures, constantly flexing, ordinary paint or vinyl stick-on numbers will not stay on an inflatable boat for more than a few weeks. But we don't stop there! We mix our Sealant in our Top Side Paint to further enhance the airtight integrity of your inflatable.
Inland Marine Top Side Paint is available in Red, International Orange, Yellow, Royal Blue, Grey, Black or White. (With changing weather conditions in many areas boaters frequent, International Orange or Yellow makes it easy to find your dinghy at the dinghy dock if a "Rum Front" comes through while you're ashore.)
The first step to repairing or restoring your boat is to make sure it holds air correctly. All inflatables, regardless of manufacturor, develop porousity problems over time. This simply means small pin-hole leaks develop in the fabric or seams that can not be seen from the outside. When this happens, the air chambers will typically leak air slowly over a day or two. These pinhole leaks must be repaired before applying any top-coating products such as Liquid Rubber or Topside Paint, or down the road, your boat will develop air bubbles under the top coating.
For this reason, we highly recommend you treat your boat with Sealant as a first step. Sealant is an internal sealer that has been used by the US Navy and Coast Guard since 1985 to cure porousity problems. We also recommend re-treating older boats every year or two as new porousity problems will develop over time.
Remember, inflatable boat repair of kayaks, rafts, dinghies, or tow toys is dependent on proper preparation of the surface area. If you do not clean your inflatable as instructed, you are wasting your time and the products you have purchased.
HUMIDITY CAN SERIOUSLY AFFECT THE QUALITY OF PATCHES, PAINT, LIQUID RUBBER AND LIQUID TEAR REPAIR PRODUCTS.
When you are sure your boat is holding air, the next step is to be sure you are working with a clean and dry surface. If possible, take your inflatable boat or other repair item into a room with low humidity, or perform the repair when humidity is below the manufacturerer's recommendations.
Check out our Cleaning and Preparation Products, specially formulated to prepare your inflatable for patches, rubber and paint!
Special Note to PVC boat owners:
For the past several years, many boat manufacturers have been using PVC material from China. The reasons for this vary, but usually include cost as the main factor. As a result, the frequency of boaters reporting a ‘breakdown” in the material has risen drastically. The PVC material will actually start to decompose, resulting in a sticky or tacky surface, especially when exposed to intense sun like we have here in south Florida. If this condition exists on your boat, be very cautious in using any top coating product as it may not dry and cure properly. Always test a small area first.
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To begin your quick inflatable repair, deflate your item completely. Then, clean the small hole or tear with isopropyl alcohol. Step 2: Patch the leak. Patching a small leak or tear on your inflatable is simple with a quick-curing UV repair adhesive that bonds directly to the material.
HH-66 PVC Vinyl Cement Glue
This one is also another remarkable adhesive for fixing PVC inflatable boats.
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How to Reinforce Your Inflatable Boat's Bottom. There are a wide range of products that are made to either reinforce or repair inflatable vessels including marine glue, paint, and tape. Each of these products creates a protective layer that will reduce the chances of a sharp object penetrating the boat's materials.
A: The Flex Seal Inflatable Patch and Repair is an easy to apply one-step solution consisting of self adhesive, strong, rubberized, crystal clear patches that are designed to instantly seal air leaks in all types of PVC plastic inflatables.
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Hypalon is glued, with lots of material overlap, PVC has narrow overlaps and welded impressions. PVC also shows fabric print-thru because the material is thinner.
For an extra strong bond and for use on parts that are under high load we recommend that you use a 2 pot glue. This is a Bostik product and is a high strength contact adhesive and perfect for inflatable boats. For water applications the RFE Desmodur must be used.
I am reinforcing my inflatable boat. This also works to fix small punctures.
Cut a fabric patch (two if the tear is greater than 50mm) with rounded corners, allowing a minimum 5cm overlap around the hole/tear. Place the patch over the hole and mark around the patch on the tube with a pencil/removable marker. If tear is greater than 50mm long then also cut one matching shaped piece of polythene.
Summary: PVC inflatable boats will last anywhere between 2-10 years depending on the manufacturer, the use, and care it receives. Welded PVC boat will outlast those made with glues/adhesives. Hypalon (CSM) boats usually last 7-15 years, but can last as many as 20 years.
Inflatable boats have come a long way from kid’s dinghies and the like. Many inflatable boats are not only high quality, but powerful and affordable. It makes sense that you’d want to do your best to take care of them. Maybe you like to head downriver in an inflatable kayak.…
The air bubbles are the easiest way to identify a hole in an inflatable boat.. Make sure it’s PVC if your boat is PVC.. You want a clean patch and a clean boat.. Apply it to both the rough side of the patch and the boat itself.. You only want adhesive where the boat is being patched.. Apply a coat of adhesive to both the patch and the boat.. Please don’t attach the patch to the boat yet.
Properly maintaining your inflatable boat can be vexing, no? Wait a sec, though, before throwing up your hands and marching off in search of a bottle of rum.
Look for detached fabric or accessories.. Feel the tubes to get an idea what kind of shape they’re in.. In addition to these “no-no” products, there are a number of practices you’d do well to avoid.. Strange as it may sound, your inflatable actually likes being inflated.. While inspecting your dinghy for wear and tear, why not give it a good cleaning as well?. If you’re trying to put a Hypalon patch on a PVC boat, or a PVC patch on a Hypalon boat, your attempt will fail.. Be good to your inflatable dinghy and it will be good to you. Another cause of DIY disasters is repair shops that put out shoddy work.. “Before” and “after” photos will give you a good idea of the types of repairs such a facility is capable of performing.. Once you’ve decided on a repair shop, be sure to ask the tech there about his or her processes and policies.. But again, even if you find yourself working with a shop that charges more than I do, in the long run, it’s worth it.
Here's All the Info You Need To Get Inflated Again!
When repairing a leak in an inflatable boat, first inflate the dinghy to its air capacity.. You may not identify where the air is leaking unless there is a noticeable tear in the boat’s material.. Most materials of an inflatable boat are smooth, and so is a patch.. Apply a thin layer of glue to both the surface of the patch and the boat.. Then, apply another drop of glue or sealant for better coating and let it dry for less than 24 hours.. If you have many small punctures, a sealant and a single fabric patch are the best repair kits.. The majority of rips are tiny punctures, small tears or large holes that may be fixed quickly but with appropriate repair kits.
Quick and easy fix-it tips for inflatable boats
Before we look at the care and repair of your inflatable, you need to know about the materials and construction of your inflatable.. The majority of all inflatables used for boating consist of a substrate and a coating: the substrate provides the strength and the coating provides the waterproofing.. Before attempting any repair on your inflatable, you must know what type of materials you are repairing, because the glues that bond to Hypalon, for example, will not work on a PVC material.. Taking care of your inflatable is the best way to keep from having to make repairs.. On a regular basis, you need to rinse out your inflatable, because the nemesis of every inflatable boat is sand and grit.. The sand can lodge in the crevices between the side tubes and the floor or under the wood floorboards and, as the boat moves through the water, that sand has all the properties of sandpaper to grind away at the skin of your inflatable.. Do not ever use a silicone sealant to patch your inflatable, and stay well away from silicone-based coatings such as Armorall which, though they make your inflatable shiny, will prevent patches from ever sticking to the hull.. Leaks in your inflatable are likely to come from one of four sources: punctures, wear, porosity, or valves.. It doesn't take great skill to repair a puncture or tear using a inflatable repair kit, although experts suggest that any tear longer than about four inches should probably be tackled by professionals.. These leaks can be patched at first, but porosity is an indicator that it's time to replace your inflatable.. Avoid generic inflatable repair kits and rely on kits from the manufacturer of your raft, which can be found at most marine hardware stores or your inflatable dealer.. Mix up some dishwashing detergent in water and, with your boat fully inflated, pour or brush this soapy water over any areas you suspect.. Some repair kits require you to first wipe the area with the solvent as a cleaner, then reapply a heavier coating to soften the fabric in preparation for glueing.. If you find yourself in a remote area without an inflatable repair shop, check at the local airport where you may find someone who services aircraft life rafts.. If you take care of your inflatable, you can expect years of trouble-free life and, as with most gear on your boat, a little preventive maintenance can go a long way toward preventing future problems.
Step 2 It is now time to patch the leak.. How to repair a puncture in an inflatable boat?. How to repair a puncture in an inflatable boat?. Do this process in a shaded area and apply the adhesive.. How to repair a puncture in an inflatable boat?. Time to repair: 5 minutes to fix and 8-12 hours to cure. For more effortless adhesive repair, put some masking tape over the hole and press it to make sure it sticks.. How to repair a puncture in an inflatable boat?. Once the backing of the tape has been removed, apply a urethane adhesive that comes with the repair kit.. How to repair a puncture in an inflatable boat?. Step 6 The next step is to apply PVC cement.. Step 8 Apply the patch while wet.. How to repair a puncture in an inflatable boat is easy, so don’t let damages panic you.. Salvage boats with holes and leaks in easy steps and affordable material, and your investment will be working like new in no time.
If you notice a loss of pressure in an inflatable boat/dinghy while underway, how can you prevent or slow the loss? This is most important in full inflatables. Even if you are in shallow enough w...
If so, then you could try and pump air back into the craft as fast as it's leaking out.. Stop the hole.. If you do locate the hole, you need to put something over it to stop the air loss.. A small hole above the water can be plugged with a finger or patched with duck tape or a proper patch if you have one.. A hole through the bottom could similarly be plugged or stopped from above, but if you have a hole below the waterline then you're going to have problems.. In a rigid boat you can push something under the hull and use water pressure to stop the leak (typically a sail/collision mat/tarp; in a smaller craft you could use a Gore-Tex jacket), but in an inflatable craft you have the issue of air escaping under pressure.. Plug the hole with your finger.. The operator’s response was not to attempt a repair to the hull but rather to slow the leak by pressing on it hard with a bare hand, while running the engines full throttle to get us back to shore.
Losing air in your inflatable boat? RIBstore explains how to repair Hypalon and PVC inflatable boats, RIBs, dinghy, life rafts and inflatable kayaks. All makes of inflatable boats, including the market leading Avon, Zodiac and Bombard will need to be repaired at some point in their life.
Next; successful repair of inflatable boats, dinghy, RIB collars and inflation tubes are dependent upon the environment in which the boat fabric repair is carried out - ideal conditions are; relative humidity less than 60% (low cost humidity meters can be obtained from most good DIY stores), temperature between 18°C and 25°C and a dry, shaded but well-ventilated work area.. Small tears/punctures in Hypalon, PVC and PU can be repaired with a single patch to the outside of the tube using either 1-part adhesive for temporary repairs, or 2-part adhesive for permanent repairs.. Single part for temporary repairs, 2-part for permanent/larger patches/tears greater than 50mm long Correct Hypalon, PVC or PU fabric patch (2 x patches if the tear is greater than 50mm long) Piece of polythene (if tear is greater than 50mm long.. Cut to same size as inner patch) Correct solvent/primer (Hypalon Solvent Cleaner for Hypalon and MEK or Acetone for PVC & PU) Sandpaper for Hypalon and PU fabric Mixing stick if using 2-part adhesive e.g. clean lollipop stick or epoxy mix stick Clean, lint-free cloth Short/stiff paint or glue brush Removable marker pen or pencil Masking tape Seam roller or rounded object e.g. screwdriver handle to remove air bubbles Heavy weight to hold patch in-place whilst curing Hot air gun or hairdryer Tools and materials can be purchased ribstore.co.uk. Using a brush applicator apply an even, thin coat of adhesive to both the back of the external Hypalon, PVC or PU repair patch and the masked repair area on your inflatable boat collar or tube.
Inflatable boats are convenient to use and are super easy to repair if you have the right know-how. Find out all about their repair and maintenance procedures right here!
In ordinary cases, boats made from Hypalon last longer than those made from PVC.However,inflatable boats are the most easily damaged due to lack of maintenance and proper care.. Rinsing the boat after every use is the most important part of cleaning an inflatable boat.. After the boat is rinsed with water, ensure that the water does not stay on the surface of the boat.. If the boat has discoloration or dirt patches on its surface, it should be cleaned with an inflatable boat cleaning solution, sponges and brushes, water and hose sprayer.. To repair an inflatable boat, it is first necessary to know the type of material it is made of, so as to use appropriate tools and measures.In ordinary cases,to manufacture the inflatable collars and tubes of boats, three main types of materials are used: Hypalon, Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and Polyurethane (PU).. Repair of tubes and collars of the inflatable boat involves tears up to 55mm long.. After abrading and cleaning the patch with solvent as told in step one, apply a coat of Hypalon adhesive to the back of the patch.. There are several leading inflatable boat manufacturers in India that offer oar inspection and repair services, which help keep your boat safe and water-worthy for many years.
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Small. repairs and the addition of small accessories may be attempted by the. owner if factory gluing instructions are followed closely.Rips or. holes larger than one inch in the air chambers or within two inches of a. seam should be repaired with internal and external patches by a. professional repair technician at a certified repair facility.. A quick. patch repair may solve your problem for a short period of time, but we. recommend you have it redone by a professional.We. recommend that major repairs and the addition of large accessories such. as oar locks, seating or towing rings be done by a professional repair. technician at a certified repair facility.. Inflatable Boat Repair Paint Keel Guard ProtectorIs your old boat. beyond repair?. Then use. masking tape to tape off the area to ovoid getting MEK or glue on. other parts of your boat during the repair process.. Careful not to get glue on areas of your boat besides the repair area.
Advice on how to make your tender last from a RIB repair specialist.
An expert at tube repairs can give your inflatable or RIB a breath of fresh air.. Inflatables and their cousins, RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boats), look pudgy, but they can take a heck of a lot of abuse, and most of them do: Inflatable tenders are bounced against barnacled pilings, dragged onto rocky beaches, jammed into a gaggle of other tenders at dinghy docks, flung around at the hands of reckless kids, overloaded with crew and supplies, capsized while being towed and filled with soapy water to wash clothes after a long ocean passage.. The tubes of inflatables and RIBs are susceptible to abrasion, punctures, cuts, UV degradation over many years and even the aforementioned mice.. Before starting DinghyPro in January of 2011, both Goings knew plenty about inflatables: Jeff was an executive at Zodiac for 20 years, while Chris spent more than 14 years at Defender Industries, selling, among other gear, inflatables.. I believe them: When I visited the shop, the Goings were working on projects from small inflatables leaking air to a 20-foot-plus RIB needing complete tube replacement, with a bunch of other boats waiting their turn.. In those cases, the Goings will have custom tubes built—their supplier can fabricate new CSM tubes for any RIB by taking a pattern from the original tubes.. Some RIB builders (Zodiac is one) attach the tubes with a track-and-bolt-rope arrangement: The bolt rope, basically a synthetic rope with fabric folded around it, is glued to the tube using a high-bond, two-part adhesive formulated to stick like a barnacle; there are different adhesives for CSM and PVC.. Chris Going said that any inflatable will resist aging if you apply a UV protectant at least once a month during the season, after cleaning the tube with a non-aggressive cleaner made for the purpose.. For example, Star brite says their Inflatable Boat & Fender Cleaner can restore the appearance of dirty RIBs and inflatables, removing grime, grease, fish blood and so forth.. A Star brite rep said their Epoxy Putty Stick, designed for repairing cracks, dings and small holes in RIB hulls, could be used to plug holes in inflatable tubes, as it will stick to almost anything.. After cleaning, UV-protect the inflatable tubes once a month, again with a product specifically designed for inflatable boats.
Clean, then sand the dinghy – David used a Magic Eraser, then 80 grit sandpaper.. Also (and possibly the most useful piece of information I learned), most dinghy manufacturers use the brand Poly Marine 2 part glue, repackaged under the dinghy brand name, so next time, I’ll order Poly Marine 2 part glue, probably from Defender or West Marine, see links below.. It would have been better had we read these instructions first, but we didn’t, so hopefully our result will hold air.. We located the hole – or so we thought, it turned out to be the first of three holes, two successive mornings of pumping up the dinghy only to have the front tube deflate – very depressing.. If you have trouble finding the leak a mixture of Joy/water over the inflated tube will bubble showing you exactly where the hole is located, but now you’ll need to wait until it’s totally dry before proceeding.. Trail of bubbles gives away the third and hopefully final leak…HINT: Do yourself a favor and even if you THINK you know where the leak might be, do the soapy water test on the entire tube.. Sand the inside of the patch so it begins to look like suede.Tape off a diameter around the hole.. Interestingly enough, our instructions said 9:1 glue to catalyst (hardener), but the online Poly Marine Instructions say 25:1.. Applying the patch — see my comments below on how to accomplish applying the patch to an inflated tube when the reason you need the patch is because it leaks.. Wait 5 minutes (that’s what our instructions say, the online Poly Marine instructions say 30 minutes, again hopefully ours will be sufficient).. The Poly Marine instructions say to apply the patch to an inflated tube … which is crazy because a tube with a hole in it is not likely to stay inflated – we tried, we know!. We’ll likely wait at least two days to find out if our dinghy holds air.. In the meantime, we found out that you can buy the Poly Marine 2 part hypalon glue at either Defender or West Marine.. Don’t forget to download the Poly Marine instructions at the link above before starting a dinghy repair project … and it’s a good idea to read them prior to starting too … unlike us!. Now cruising The Great Loop in their Mariner 40 trawler, Optimystique, Jan & David are still wandering...