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FLOAT TUBE FISHING FORUM » Float Tubes, Pontoons and Related Equipment Discussions » Float Tube and Pontoon Tips, Tricks and Mods » Quick quide on how to fix your float tube bladders

Quick quide on how to fix your float tube bladders

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filippodg


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Just posting a quick guide on how to fix your float tube's bladder. Hope it helps. Smile

1) Buy an HDX Vinyl Patch Kit. Home Depot sells it for $5. It has plenty of glue and patch that it'll be good for lots of repairs, so it's nice to keep it in your tool box. [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

2) Remove the damaged bladder from your tube, clean the edge of the tear with alcohol and dry it off. Do not use soap.  

3) Align the tear edges very well so that the cut kind of disappears, put some glue on it, and let it dry for 20-30 min.

4) Cut the patch big enough to cover the edge of the tear. Round the corners off so that the patch won't peel off easily over time. Pour and spread some glue on it, and place it over the tear. Hold it in place, pressing tightly, for about 5 min.

5) Pour some more glue around the edges of the patch to create a strong seal. I believe this is a crucial step, so pour as much glue as you think it's necessary.  

6) Let it cure for 12-24 hours. You're done.  

I actually had a really bad tear at the seam, which it's tricky to fix (some say almost impossible). I tried following the kit's directions but it didn't work, my tube was still leaking air. I then got creative and the procedure above finally worked. I went out for a 3 hour session last night and had no issues. Smile

NOTE: I'm not a pro, so follow my directives at your own risk. I won't be held responsible for damaged tubes. Smile



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Last edited by filippodg on Wed Jul 01, 2015 11:54 pm; edited 4 times in total

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Thanks for sharing!!
Keep us posted on future trips for durability.


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Will do. Smile

Hopefully it holds up for a long time. I did file a claim with Classic Accessories and the rep I talked to was so kind and helpful. It's a 3 month old tube and a tear at the seam sounds and looks like a product defect, per what the rep told me. It's covered under warranty. Great company so far!

bigfish

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Good news tip. Keep us posted on how it holds up. Seam tears and separations are the worst. It's always nice to find a method that works.

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Nice job on the fix. I also had a tear at the seam. I put some aquaseal on it and fixed it with no problems. Still running strong. No need for patches or anything just dab some aquaseal on there. It also fixes leaky waders.

filippodg


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Thanks Smile I'll look into aquasel too.

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Thanks for the tips filippodg and Lolly. I've got some leaks to fix on my bladders too

jeffcpr

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That was great buddy thanks for posting that on our board.


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Nice!!!!! Thanks a lot . I have a Cumberland and have a couple small leaks. I was thinking of just throwing it away. Now I can fix the problem and have it as a loner.. once again Thanks a lot .

filippodg


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Np. Glad I could help guys.

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Loon UV vinyl sealant is another good one. Especially in an on the spot situation. Buy the UV pen light and seal a hole or tear in the dark. Sets in a couple minutes.

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