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.