In this post we are going to show you how to repair your inflatable SUP board when it has a leak or a puncture on it.
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How to do SUP repair by yourself?
- Find the leak
If it's a leak, not a puncture, the first thing you need to do is find where the air is leaking. If your board's at high pressure, you should be able to hear it whistling. After locating the approximate area of the leak, apply soapy water on the area and the leaking point will start bubbling.
- Make a patch
After finding the hole, you need to make a patch out of the PVC fabric we provide in the repair kit that comes with the SUP board. A circular patch is better than a rectangular one as the corners and straight lines of the patch will make it snag more easily. The patch should be at least 3 inches from the leak in every direction. After making the patch, use a pencil to mark out its position on the board. For the patch to bond better with the board, we would suggest using 180 grit sandpaper to buff the patch and the board. You can also use acetone or alcohol to clean the board if you don't have sandpaper or want to keep things simple. Remember to wear gloves and masks to protect your skin and your lung while cleaning or buffing the board.
- Apply the glue
After cleaning the surface of the board, apply the glue as soon as possible, or else there might be dirt and you'll have to clean them up again. If you've got a big puncture and strings are sticking out, carefully put them back into the board so you won't glue any of them to the patch. Apply three thin coats of the glue on the board as well as the patch, it's suggested you wait 3 to 5 minutes between each coat.
Wait for another 3-5 minutes to allow the glue to become tacky. You can check if the glue is tacky using your knuckles. If your knuckle sticks to the surface of the patch and the board but don't leave a dent in the glue when you take them away, that means the patch and the board are ready.
- Put the patch on the puncture
Gently roll the patch down from one side to the other and make sure not to trap any air bubbles while doing so. After putting the patch on the puncture, roll out the patch with a glass bottle or something that could apply pressure on the patch evenly. This should help remove any air bubbles and ensure the best bonding. We would suggest that you wait at least 24 hours before inflating the SUP board again for the glue to dry.
It's actually pretty easy to do SUP repair by yourself. What you need is patience and knowing how to protect yourself while repairing your SUP. If you have any questions regarding the SUP board, feel free to contact us and let us know. If you need a reliable inflatable SUP board that can take on any bodies of water, be sure to check out Goosehill Rainbow R.