How to repair an intex airbed

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How to repair an intex airbed
Repair holes in Intex airbed, so the air stays in the bed. (Creative Crop/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Having an Intex air bed is convenient when a guest is sleeping over, or for use while camping. Modern air beds have good support for the back, and some of the Intex air bed designs look and feel like a regular mattress set on a bed. Even though the Intex air beds are made with strong vinyl, there is a chance of getting a pinhole leak. By using the Intex repair kit that comes with the bed, or a purchased repair kit, a small leak can be repaired with a few simple steps.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Intex air bed repair kit
  • Masking tape
  • Alcohol prep pad
  • Brick

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Instructions

    Smooth Vinyl Surface

  1. 1

    Blow up the air bed until it's very firm. Run your hand all over the bed, and find the air leak. Once you locate the leak, tear off a small piece of masking tape, and place the piece of tape next to the leaking hole. This marks the hole, so repairing it is easy.

  2. 2

    Deflate the air bed. Wipe the area around leak with an alcohol prep pad, and let it dry completely.

  3. 3

    Cut a circle-shaped patch from the vinyl repair material in the Intex repair kit. Make the vinyl patch four times larger than the hole.

  4. 4

    Apply glue to one side of the entire surface of the circle you cut out. Place the circle patch over the centre of the hole.

  5. 5

    Press your fingers firmly around the patch. Place the brick on top of the patch. Let the glue on the patch cure for about 10 hours or overnight.

  6. 6

    Remove the brick. Inflate the bed, and check for leaks.

    Flocked Surface

  1. 1

    Blow up the air bed until it's very firm. Run your hand all over the bed, and find the air leak. Once you locate the leak, tear off a small piece of masking tape, and place the piece of tape next to the leaking hole. This marks the hole, so repairing it is easy.

  2. 2

    Deflate the air bed. Lightly sand away the flocks around the hole using the sandpaper board in the Intex repair kit. Do not sand too deep, or it weakens the vinyl surface underneath. Wipe the area around leak with an alcohol prep pad, and let it dry completely.

  3. 3

    Cut a circle shaped patch from the flocked vinyl repair material in the Intex repair kit. Make the vinyl patch four times larger than the hole.

  4. 4

    Apply glue to one side of the entire surface of the circle you cut out. Place the circle patch over the centre of the hole.

  5. 5

    Press your fingers firmly around the patch. Place the brick on top of the patch. Let the glue on the patch cure for about 10 hours or overnight.

  6. 6

    Remove the brick. Inflate the bed, and check for leaks.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use the plain vinyl patch material to patch a hole with a flocked surface even if your repair kit only came with the vinyl patch material. The flocks coated repair material is mainly for looks---it isn't specifically designed for a flock surface.

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