Inflatable boat repair glue

Choosing the right glue or adhesive to repair your inflatable dinghy or boat tender can be confusing. There are many variations of adhesive on the market and some could leave you unstuck at a dangerous moment. When you’re on the water, you’re also as risk, and the wrong type of adhesive is a risk you don’t want to take.

Adhesive – Glue Types

Inflatable Boat Fabric (Hypalon or PVC Adhesive?)
In the case of inflatable boats and dinghies, the fabric construction is the first important fact to determine, is it Hypalon fabric or PVC fabric. Our ‘PVC or Hypalon Fabric‘ guide will help you determine what your Honwave Dinghy, Plastimo, Scorpion or Quicksilver Inflatable dingy is made of.

Single Part Glue or Two Part Adhesive?
Single part adhesive, basically a simply applied glue direct from a tube. This is OK for quick repairs and temporary emergency dinghy repairs, but not recommended for a lasting robust repair to your inflatable boat.

Single part adhesive can also be used as a primer for preparing Rubber or PVC Fittings prior to securing to the opposite material of PVC or Rubber inflatable tubes with a permanent 2 part adhesive.

Two Part Adhesives offer greater strength when fixing rubbing strake, handles and inflatable boat accessories to the tubes. Also fixing holes and damaged seams requires the durability of a two part adhesive. Ploymarine adhesives for both Hypalon and PVC have a strong heritage being a product of choice for liferaft service stations and major manufacturers.

Hypalon Inflatable Boat Adhesive. Solvent based polychloroprene rubber adhesive giving high strength bonds when used in conjunction with 107 curing agent. Particularly suitable for manufacture and repair of inflatable boats. Will bond natural rubber, polychloroprene, butyl, nitrile, hypalon and polyurethane rubber materials. Please note – not for use on plasticised PVC (use Polymarine 3026 PVC Adhesive). Excellent resistance to heat, salt water and humidity. Easy to mix two part system supplied in sets with requisite amount of curing agent. Can be used as a single part for quick temporary repairs. Easy to apply by brush or roller. Contact bonds in 10-15 minutes, full cure 48 hours. Shelf life – 24 months unopened tin, mixed adhesive has pot life of 3-4 hours. Coverage – using 2 coats 1 litre bonds 1 square metre. Cleaner – Solvent 510. As used by MOD, liferaft service stations and major manufacturers.

PVC Inflatable Boat Adhesive, a Solvent based polyurethane adhesive giving excellent adhesion to both plasticised and unplasticised PVC.  ”part is used in conjunction with 107 curing agent will bond a wide variety of surfaces including PVC, nylon fabric, polyurethane fabric and foam. Use for repair of all PVC inflatables including Zodiac, Bombard “Dynalon” and “Strongon” fabrics and Narwhal, Valiant “Hypertex”. Easy to mix two part supplied in sets with requisite amount of curing agent. It can be used as a single part for quick temporary repairs. Easy to apply by brush, roller or serrated trowel. Contact bonds in 10-15 minutes, full cure 48 hours. Shelf life – 24 months unopened tin. Mixed adhesive has pot life of 3-4 hours. Coverage using 2 coats 1 litre bonds 1 square metre. Primer- Solvent 2903 necessary as primer before applying adhesive for maximum bond.

18 thoughts on “Inflatable boat repair glue

  1. Can I use the two part PVC adhesive to glue PVC fabric to the transom of the dinghy on a Zodiac??

  2. I am having a heck of a time repairing a small cut right at the reinforcement seam of my dinghy. I applied a small round patch correctly but still have a pinhole leak right at the seam on the edge of my patch. Any suggestions?

  3. Hi Paul, Sealflex is a flexible waterbased acrylic latex sealant used internally for sealing porosity and minor leaks in Hypalon and PVC inflatables. If your leaking seams have tiny porous holes (as opposed to an obvious hole or split) then Sealflex will fix that for you.

  4. Hello! Can I use the two part PVC adhesive to glue HEYTEX, PVC H2585 Boat, 1400 g/м2 material?

  5. I have a sevylor riviera inflatable kayak and the underside has a split/tear right along the seam in the direction of the seam and is approx 15-20 cm long, how would I go about repairing this and what type of adhesive would you recommend.?
    The boat material is PVC.

    Thanks

  6. I have a west marine by Avon RIB, the rub strip is falling off. I bought PolyMarine 1 part glue from west marine and followed all directions. After 48 hours it is falling off again.
    Will 2 part perform any better? Or is rub strips an uncurable problem?
    I am discouraged regarding the results, and reluctant regarding the cost of “experimenting” with these products.
    Thanks
    BP

  7. Hello Bob

    Thanks for your question. Here’s what we say on the website:

    Single Part Glue or Two Part Adhesive?
    Single part adhesive, basically a simply applied glue direct from a tube. This is OK for quick repairs and temporary emergency dinghy repairs, but not recommended for a lasting robust repair to your inflatable boat.
    Two Part Adhesives offer greater strength when fixing rubbing strake, handles and inflatable boat accessories to the tubes. Also fixing holes and damaged seams requires the durability of a two part adhesive. Polymarine adhesives for both Hypalon and PVC have a strong heritage being a product of choice for life raft service stations and major manufacturers.

    To fix your Avon Bob – The rub strip requires a permanent repair (is your Avon Hypalon like usual?), the two Part Hypalon Adhesive and P510 Hypalon Solvent Primer will do the job. You can find a guide to using it here: http://www.polymarine.com/advice/hypalon-adhesive-how-to-repair-inflatable-boat-tubes/

    Regards
    Bryan

  8. I have an 89 futura compact with a annoying leak coming from an old patch that has also been covered with a blick strip of plastic I feel like i am opening a can of worms do you have any suggestions

  9. I recently used the single part PolyMarine Hypalon adhesive to reattach the rubrail to my Hypalon Avon inflatable. The repair lasted about one month. I now know that I should have used the two part. Do I need to remove all of the old adhesive before applying the two part, and if so, how do I do this correctly?

  10. Hi Bill. It’s advisable to remove old adhesive. Old hard adhesive is best sanded off. Your recent application of single part adhesive may come off easier with Hypalon Solvent Cleaner. Perhaps warm he adhesive with a hot air gun first to soften it up.

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