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Old 20-08-2018, 10:47   #1
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West Marine Inflatable - repairing the flooring seams

Our neighbor just gave us his west marine dinghy that has held air for two years while lying outside upside down with no cover.

While it holds air, the floor seam in the front has delaminated and leaks.

What would be the best way to seal this seam and/or what products have people used that have given them good results?
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Old 21-08-2018, 11:47   #2
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Re: West Marine Inflatable - repairing the flooring seams

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Our neighbor just gave us his west marine dinghy that has held air for two years while lying outside upside down with no cover.

While it holds air, the floor seam in the front has delaminated and leaks.

What would be the best way to seal this seam and/or what products have people used that have given them good results?
Strip and clean with MEK.
Rebond with two part PVC adhesive.

It is vital to use lots of MEK in order to decontaminate the surface, remove loose plasticizers, chemically abrade, and swell the material to prepare it for receiving adhesive.

During the application phase, it is vital that the humidity and temperature be less than 85F / 65% RH. Isocyanate reactants are very sensitive to moisture until they are cured.
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Old 14-09-2018, 05:54   #3
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Re: West Marine Inflatable - repairing the flooring seams

If the front of the floor is separating from the hull, it is reasonable to believe that the entire floor seam needs to be redone. Personally, I would have it professionally done, in order to avoid any issues while on a cruise. Yes, I am speaking from experience.
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