How To: Inflatable Boat Repair to a Hypalon Inflatable Dinghy or RIB

How To: Inflatable Boat Repair to a Hypalon Inflatable Dinghy or RIB


n this Video RibRight will show how to successfully
make a small repair to a hypalon inflatable. Repairs should only be made in the correct
environment and with the right safety precautions in place. see your tin of adhesive for further
details. First you will need to locate your leek. Inflate
your boat and use soapy water to identify the problem area. once found, mark the repair and deflate your
inflatable. Then cut an appropriate patch, this should
be 30mm in ever direction of the hole. Trace round your patch using a pencil or removable
marker. Sand your boat and the rear of your patch,
you should look to achieve a matt finish. Then wipe with a hypalon solvent to remove
any debris. We suggest applying masking tape around the
marked patch, this aids in the clean up of excess adhesive later on.
Always apply the masking tape leaving a 2mm gap to allow for the natural stretch of the
fabric. Spread a thin even layer of adhesive on both
the patch and the boat, this is your priming layer, leave this for 30mins to cure.
(pause) Then add a further coat and leave for an additional
10mins. (pause)
Then apply your final coat and allow to cure for between 5-10 minutes or until the adhesive
becomes tacky, this can be tested with your knuckle. To apply the patch, roll it on from one side
to the other, take care to ensure that no air bubbles are trapped between the patch
and the boat. You can use a damp solvent cloth to aid with
this. Then use your roller to roll from the middle
out, this will ensure that the layers of adhesive bind together and that you remove any remaining
air bubbles. Then remove the masking tape. Allow to cure for at least 24 hours, then
clean the excess adhesive with a hypalon solvent. Inflate to full pressure and bubble test to
ensure your repair has been successful. This was brought to you by RibRight

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