How to Repair an Avon Inflatable Raft

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How to Repair an Avon Inflatable Raft
Repair leaks in your Avon inflatable raft. (Inflatible Boat image by Wimbledon from Fotolia.com)

If you have had your Avon Inflatable raft for a long time, you may eventually experience an air leak. Needless to say, a leak in your raft makes it impossible to safely use it on the water. In order to repair your Avon Inflatable raft you will need a repair kit. You can use a patch repair kit or a liquid repair kit. The liquid repair kit is quicker and requires less work on your part.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Repair kit
  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • Detergent
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • 3- to 2.27kg. weight

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Determine the exact location of the air leak. Fully inflate your boat. Put water and liquid detergent inside a spray bottle and shake it to mix the water and soap together. Spray the soapy water all over your boat. As the air escapes the leak, bubbles will form, indicating the presence of a leak.

  2. 2

    Clean the area that needs to be patched. Allow the area to completely dry. Place a piece of tape over the area so you will know the exact spot that needs to be patched. Deflate the air from your raft.

  3. 3

    Cut the repair kit patch down to size. It should be big enough to completely cover the leak with about 1-inch of excess to cover the area around the leak.

  4. 4

    Put a small amount of the repair kit glue around the area that needs to be patched. Using too much glue can slow down your repair efforts because it takes longer to dry. Wait five minutes to allow the glue to become "tacky." Repeat this step two more times so that you have three layers of glue around the leaky area.

  5. 5

    Cover the back of the patch with glue. Wait five minutes for it to become tacky.

  6. 6

    Place the patch over the top of the leaky area. Add pressure to the patch that can hold it down for 24 hours. This can be done by placing a 3- to 2.27kg. item, such as a book or brick, on top of the patch.

  7. 7

    Remove the pressure from the patch after 24 hours. Apply a small amount of repair glue around the edges of the patch. This will ensure that the patch is secure. Wait an additional six hours to allow the new glue to dry.

  1. 1

    Deflate all of the air out of your Avon inflatable boat. Lift the cap off the raft's deflation valve.

  2. 2

    Open the liquid sealer that came with your repair kit. Insert the tip of the liquid sealer bottle into the deflation valve of the raft. Squeeze the bottle to inject the sealer into the valve. You need to use 85.1gr. of sealer for each foot of raft. For example, if your raft is 9 feet long, you need 765gr. of sealer.

  3. 3

    Replace the deflation valve cap. Inflate your raft.

  4. 4

    Shake your raft around, back and forth and side to side. This will ensure that the inside of the raft is thoroughly coated with the liquid sealer. You may need assistants to help you with this, depending on your strength and the size and weight of your boat.

  5. 5

    Allow your raft to sit inflated for three hours.

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