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Old 31 March 2023, 00:40   #1
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I have a question on repairing a small leak. There is a small leak where three layers come together on the side of one of my pontoons. I have some two part stabond. My plan is to mix that up and take a syringe and fill space. It is a very slow leak. I canít upload a picture says invalid file. Iíll try to add them in the comments.
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Old 31 March 2023, 06:53   #2
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Welcome to the forum

Although injecting it might work well enough, and is probably worth a try, there also comes a point opening it up a little more to clean it and get a deeper bond might be the proper repair. This is something you will have to determine. A heat gun will soften the glue so it can come apart. Stabond is my adhesive of choice. Do make sure the temperature and humidity are within specs.

Been awhile since I joined for the forum but it is not uncommon for a few posts to have to be made first before uploading images. Also file types like .heic may not load properly and other times the file size is too large. You can email the file to yourself choosing a medium image size or use an editing function on your phone.
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Old 31 March 2023, 19:14   #3
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Sounds like a similar repair :-

https://www.rib.net/forum/f50/rubbin...air-88220.html

12 months and 30-40 hours on the sea later, and I had forgotten about it until I read your post. Not sure if you can get stormsure in the US, but it's now part of my everyday on board repair kit.
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The picture still isn't showing on the forum, but I've managed to see it from the email notification.
That leak looks as though it's coming from under the rubbing strake.
IMO I think you will have to take off the rubbing strake and see what's going on underneath.
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Thanks for the reply. It’s actually coming from the little flap right below the rubbing strake. I was able to slide a thin wire all the way up it. I think just because the the layers overlap there it just had a tiny gap. It’s hard to see in the photos.
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If that's the case and you can see the hole, I would definitely try something like stormsure.
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As Steve says... On a small leak where you can't get the layers apart and clean up properly for a full 2-part glue repair then Stormsure is really good.
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