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Old 20 August 2012, 11:42   #1
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Zodiac cadet seam repair

Hi ,hope someone on here can help
I recently purchased Zodiac Cadet 310s (2004) last few trips were OK,but yesterday when I washed it I found tiny air leak in one of the seams ,any idea how to repair it ???
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Old 20 August 2012, 12:28   #2
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Got a video
https://vimeo.com/47870240

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Air leak is where small bubbles exits, right ? If wanting a fast repair that holds for some time, apply a drop of cracy glue next to seam, fabric must be completely dry and gluing area well clean.

If wanting a full repair, must open seam fabric side, remove old glue, clean and glue back. If that sib has welded seams you can re glue back with proper 2 part pvc glue. Follow standard gluing procedures and correct room temperature.

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I'll try the temporary solution first
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Video was awesome!

If it were me, since it is such a small leak, I would probably just deflate the boat and try an external patch letting it dry for a couple of days before putting it back into use. I wouldn't let any super glue get near the area that needs to be patched, as it could cause an adhesion problem with the proper 2 part PVC glue.
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I think I'll try above

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Video was awesome!

I wouldn't let any super glue get near the area that needs to be patched, as it could cause an adhesion problem with the proper 2 part PVC glue.
Why would you need to place a patch on top of a cracy glued area, it's as simple as choosing one method or the other...

Tiny buddles are exiting at side of seam, placing cracy glue drop and extending it properly will be enough to seal that air leak. Sealing with standard glue than comes as repair kit is no good, poor adhesion, better get 2 part pvc glue, prep small quantity in small can and brush 3 layers of glue evenly with small painting brush as seen in video.

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Why would you need to place a patch on top of a cracy glued area, it's as simple as choosing one method or the other...
I wouldn't put crazy glue on at all, as it shouldn't be considered a permanent fix. Repair it right the first time, giving it maximum adhesion where it needs it, at the point of the leak. Of course that would be done using a 2 part glue and a PVC patch

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better get 2 part pvc glue, prep small quantity in small can and brush 3 layers of glue evenly with small painting brush as seen in video.
So you are suggesting not even using a patch?

Just because someone made a video on youtube, doesn't mean they have a clue what they are doing. Many videos are down right laughable.

These guys do know what they are doing though!

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If wanting a permanent fix you must open seam and glue with 2 part pvc glue, if you don't know how to do it well will need to send sib to a repair shop, the fastest and easiest would be to apply at least 3 brushes 2 part pvc glue around bubbling area. Let dry well each coat between brushing.

The video shown are flat and easy fix examples anyone could do. Had a thick needle hole on my rib tube, squirted air that you could hear and feel with finger, as didn't wanted a visual round patch on tube for such a small leak, defleted the tube and placed a small carcy glue drop, let dried till next day, that was 7 months back and still holding perfectly and boating near daily.

In case you would like to go for a patch around seam, will need a less thick pvc fabric to contour and glue well against patch and tube fabric next to seam, remenber you're not gluing a flat surface which is a piece of cake to fix.

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