iSUP Patching

Note: Read through these instructions before you complete this procedure. 


Step 1

Locate the leak on your iSUP and clean the surface with a light dish soap solution. Do not clean with alcohol. Rinse with clean water and allow to dry. Get your equipment ready for the repair. You will need your patch kit, scissors, some paper towels, a popsicle stick or small paint brush, and something flat and heavy or C-clamps. 

(Tip: Having trouble locating the leak? Fill a spray bottle with water and a little dish soap. Spay suspect area with the solution. A leak will cause the soapy water to bubble.)

Step 2

Cut out your patch from the material in the patch kit. A circle or oval is always best. The patch should be as small as reasonably possible but never smaller than a quarter. Scuff the bottom of the patch and the area around the hole with 120 - 220 grit sandpaper. Remove any debris. 

Note: Compare the patch kit material to your board material. Note that the patch material has a top and a bottom

Tip: Trace a loonie (Canadian for $1 coin) with a pen on the patch material. This gives a nice size for most repairs. 

Step 3

Apply the glue to the bottom of the patch. Start in the center and work outwards. You can also apply a little to the patch site on the board. Avoid contact with the glue. 

Step 4

Apply the patch to the board. Immediately apply pressure by placing weight on the site or by using C-clamps. Make sure that you have a flat intermediary surface between the board and the weight or clamps. A little piece of plywood or a book works well. Its not a bad idea to put a little piece of plastic wrap over the patch site first.

Step 5

Wait 24 hours for the glue to fully cure. Make sure that constant pressure is maintained on the repair site. Test by inflating your board and using the soapy water trick on the patch site. All good? Awesome, get back on the water!