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Old 07 May 2014, 06:29   #1
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Newbie air floor patching advice needed

Hi all,

New to the site (which is fantastic) and new to sibs... but not boats though.

I have question on patching for you all...

I've picked up a Quicksilver airdeck 340 and it's a bit stained here and there, but apart from that it's in pretty good nick except there is a worn patch on one corner of the air floor. I found an old metal popper caught in the corner which must have been there for some time to cause the damage. The floor holds air but I want to put a patch on because of how close it is to the seam and to protect the area, my question is do I patch it with the floor inflated or deflated? Looks like it could be a bit tricky to do deflated but would welcome advice.

Will try and add pics shortly... when I work out how...
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Old 07 May 2014, 06:39   #2
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If there is *zero* air leakage then partially inflated will give a better shape for working on, if an actual leaking hole then it must be done fully deflated. Lots of guides online, example below:

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Thanks Max, I'll try partially inflated.
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If you patch it up while defleated, make sure air valve is open and air deck rest on a flat hard surface for patch to be evenly glued and for air bubbles between fabric and patch to go away while applying a metal roller or a inverted big spoon to flatten out patch. That side air deck fabric is thin and friendly to work with.

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