How to Remove Patches From an Inflatable Boat

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How to Remove Patches From an Inflatable Boat
Inflatable rafts come in many different colours, shapes and sizes. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Nobody likes to hear the patch on their inflatable boat leaking, especially when they are in it on the water. Repairing and refinishing a boat are the two most common reasons for patch removal. Once the patches have been removed, the surface area can be prepared for new patches or for a new finish. If you keep your boat in good repair, you won't need to buy a new one for years to come and each recreational outing will be a safe one.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Hair dryer
  • Putty knife
  • Pliers

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  1. 1

    Plug in a hair dryer and hold it on the patch to heat the adhesive.

  2. 2

    Scrape the edges of the patch with a putty knife. The putty knife shouldn't have any sharp edges that could puncture the raft.

  3. 3

    Keep the heat on the patch while scraping with the putty knife. When an edge of the patch has lifted from the surface, grab the edge with a pair of pliers and remove the patch.

Tips and warnings

  • Use an inflatable boat patch sanding tool to remove any adhesive left on the boat.
  • Deflate the boat before removing patches to avoid an explosion.

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