How do I repair an iSUP puncture?Updated 9 months ago
Here are instructions for performing a patch repair using the included repair kit:
1. Spray soapy water onto your board to locate the leak.
2. Clean the soap off, and use a pencil to mark the spot where the leak is coming from.
3. Deflate the board and lay it as flat as possible.
4. Use a green scrub pad to scuff up the area directly around the leak and then use a little acetone, rubbing alcohol, or paint thinner to thoroughly clean the area of the board that needs to be patched, all while keeping the marked spot visible. Scuffing up the area will help the vinyl cement repair glue to adhere. HH-66 is the recommended repair glue.
5. Cut the patch if necessary into a circle that will extend 2-3 inches beyond the leak.
6. Place the patch over the center of the leak. Outline the patch with the pencil so you know where to apply the glue.
7. Use a brush to apply a thin layer of glue inside the outlined area on the board.
8. Use a brush to apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom of the patch. The bottom is the matte side and the top is the shinier side.
9. Wait a few minutes until the glue gets tacky.
10. Firmly place the patch glue side down on the outlined area on the board. Use a flat, dull tool to press out any air bubbles or unevenness.
11. Once the patch is glued onto the SUP, wipe away any excess glue.
12. Apply masking tape over the patch to secure it in place, and place 5-10 lbs of weight on top of it, such as a couple books.
13. Wait 24 hours for the glue to cure.
14. After 24 hours, remove the weight and masking tape, inflate the board, and make sure it’s airtight.
Alternatively, you can have a puncture professionally repaired. Inflatable Technologies is a reputable iSUP repair center that can be contacted via their website https://www.raftrepair.com for further details on repairs.
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