Vinyl is a popular material for inflatable children's toys, swimming pools and slides because it is inexpensive, waterproof and easy to store when not in use. Vinyl can tear or puncture easily, however, leaving you with a pool or a toy that will not hold air for very long. Patching inflatable vinyl is a fairly simple process. Depending on how many leaks you need to patch, you should be able to complete this project in about an hour.
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Things you need
- Dishwashing detergent
- Nonpermanent marker
- Spray bottle
- Vinyl repair kit
Place three or four drops of dishwashing detergent in a spray bottle and fill it with water. Spray the surface of the inflated vinyl. As you spray, look for areas where the water bubbles. These are areas where air is leaking from holes. Lightly mark these areas with a nonpermanent marker so you can find them later.
Deflate the vinyl and allow the surface to dry completely.
Cut a vinyl patch from the repair kit large enough to cover the hole, with at least 1 inch of extra vinyl on all sides. Spread the adhesive around the hole, covering an area the size of your patch. Place the patch over the adhesive and press down tightly.
Lay a flat, heavy object, such as a hardbound textbook, over the patch. This will help the patch adhere to the vinyl. Let it sit for 24 to 48 hours before reinflating the vinyl.
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