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whats the best patch kit for pvc boats and checking for a leak method?

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  • whats the best patch kit for pvc boats and checking for a leak method?

    I lost my repair kit that came with my boat so I gotta buy one. What's the best way to check for leaks and where they are coming from? I figure pump it up leave it for about 8 hours then if it loses air repump and go around with a spray bottle looking for the hole?

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    Re: whats the best patch kit for pvc boats and checking for a leak method?

    Yep, pretty much. If it is quiet and your hearing is good, runnig your hand over the surface very lightly will create a hissing noise where the air is escaping. That's how I found the prick (oun intended) in my floor. Drier and faster, if it works for you.
    Saturn 365/ Johnson 15 hp

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      Re: whats the best patch kit for pvc boats and checking for a leak method?

      Originally posted by Sinistre1 View Post
      Yep, pretty much. If it is quiet and your hearing is good, runnig your hand over the surface very lightly will create a hissing noise where the air is escaping. That's how I found the prick (oun intended) in my floor. Drier and faster, if it works for you.
      Which kit should I buy?

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        Re: whats the best patch kit for pvc boats and checking for a leak method?

        The standar patching kit is not vey good as comes along a one part glue, get the one that comes with a 2 part glue, that's glue + hardener, if available, much more efective and long lasting patching.

        Happy Boating


        Sea Rider 320, 380 Sibs, 450 Rib, 2 Strokes Tohatsu 5,18 & 30 HP Proud Smokers

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          Re: whats the best patch kit for pvc boats and checking for a leak method?

          Originally posted by Sea Rider View Post
          The standar patching kit is not vey good as comes along a one part glue, get the one that comes with a 2 part glue, that's glue + hardener, if available, much more efective and long lasting patching.

          Happy Boating
          thanks for the info, can you recommend a good glue brand to buy (maybe give us a link to one)?

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            Re: whats the best patch kit for pvc boats and checking for a leak method?

            I fix a pea size hole in my boat with standar patching kit about 2 years now still going good ....
            here is nice video for you How to repair punctures in PVC inflatable boat, raft or kayak. - YouTube you should be fine just give it good 24hr to set in low humidity ...

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              Re: whats the best patch kit for pvc boats and checking for a leak method?

              Good to see you posting Maakx. I agree with you whole heartedly. That's how I fixed the pin hole (actually fish hook) leaks in my Quicksilver
              Saturn 365/ Johnson 15 hp

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                Re: whats the best patch kit for pvc boats and checking for a leak method?

                The only difference between both glues is that 2 part glue will outlast the one part glue in light years. Not good for larger patching work in which you need a better patch/fabric state of the art bond.

                Happy Boating


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