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How do you repair the PVC hull, pontoons, and topside?

PVC repairs are easy once you know the tricks.  The process is exactly the same for the hull, pontoons, and topside.

Here is what you need:

- MEK cleaner (or 200 grit sand paper)
- PVC glue
- Heat gun
- Painters tape
- PVC patch (not Hyplon)

Glue recommendations:
Two-part glue is best, but is a challenge to use in the field.  We use 1-part HH-66 in the field and 2-part Stabond in our shop.

Prepare the surface:
- Deflate the chamber (you have to do this for holes, but you don't do this if you are attaching things like ribports).
- Create a patch that covers the hole plus extends at least 1cm (.5") in all directions.
- If the patch has corners on it, square or round them off a little bit so that there aren't sharp edges to get caught.
- Place the patch on the hole and mask the area around the patch with painter's tape so that when you apply glue it doesn't make a mess.
- Use MEK or sand paper to prepare (roughen) the surface of the patch and the surface with the hole.

Glue the patch:
- Having prepared the two surfaces, put a thin layer of PVC glue on both surfaces.
- Wait 5 minutes.
- On both surfaces, use a heat gun for about 5 seconds per 1cm square area.  This activates the glue.
- Immediately after heating, press the patch on to the other surface and rub it hard for 20 seconds.