Bouyancy bag repair

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Garry R

Bouyancy bag repair

Post by Garry R » Mon Dec 31, 2007 4:48 pm

Firefly 937 has a buoyancy bow bag - old, made by Holt - you know the plastic white saftibag style but it has the tiniest pinprick hole - it takes about a week to go down but as it's a bowbag it isn't easy to get at it to blow up every week!! What is the best patch and glue which will take to this plastic material. As you can see I am using our cold weather to get on with the fiddly jobs before starting the work proper.

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Post by Rupert » Mon Dec 31, 2007 7:16 pm

You used to be able to buy a liquid plastic you smeared on which then sealed up pretty well. Chandlers stocked it - don't know if they still do?

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Post by RichardB2 » Mon Dec 31, 2007 10:47 pm


Firstly a very Happy New Year.

You can get some very strong, transparent, self adhesive puncture repair patches from good bike shops that will do the job and are very cheap!

Good luck


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Post by chris » Tue Jan 01, 2008 10:56 am

Remember the story about the little Dutch boy and the dyke?...

If you don't want to keep your finger in it repair patches work well. Once I just used a scrap of vinyl and some vinyl glue. worked fine.

One thing that does NOTwork is a dot of super glue . I once found a pin prick of a hole in the corner of a Holt bag and the only thing in my tool kit was superglue. It did the trick for that day but made the corner hard and brittleand the then the whole 'dot' fell out! but what do you expect from a dancing elf?

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Post by Mary » Tue Jan 01, 2008 11:18 am

Bicycle repair patch worked well on my air bed last year, even with my weight on it all night. NB for next trip, check air bed is still OK, getting too old for sleeping on the ground :(

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Post by chris » Tue Jan 01, 2008 1:15 pm

Yes we had that sinking feeling during the night at one CVRDa event last year.. Insulation tape and gaffa tape only delayed the process by a few hours. So we stole my daughter's lilo after that! .. She hasn't noticed yet either.

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Post by fatboyfinn » Thu Jan 03, 2008 1:16 am


What you need is "Aquaseal" its a polyureathane substance that come in tubes at about £5 - quite expensive - but it works. Good for fixing wetsuits and putting grips on my daughters very smooth shoes to stop her slidding down the stairs!


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Post by Pat » Thu Jan 03, 2008 2:44 pm

Have successfully fixed ours with Loctite soft plastic glue and also with Bostik All Purpose - as supplied in the b bag repair kit available.
(Half Cut and What a Lark Removals Ltd)

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