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Old 03-29-2012   #11
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Baseball stitch works well on an aire as the outer shell just protects the bladder which holds air

On the MFS trip that my NRS cat tore, we didnt have the time or experience to attempt an inside patch. The tear extended about an inch from the bottom seam where the gray meets the black and were concerned we didnt have the recommended 2" around the tear.

We did have a doctor and his stitch kit with surgical string. He did a beautiful job but it wasnt perfect and wouldnt lay perfectly flat. We were able to get a good patch over it (with about 1" overlap) and it held. Note: We did a second patch that then spanned the patch to the black material as they were both at the same elevation after the first patch was applied

I doubt if someone without his skill could do as good a job

Hey, if you want me to take a dump in a box and mark it "guaranteed", I will. I got spare time.
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Old 03-29-2012   #12
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Originally Posted by mikepart View Post
My reasoning for using stabond is that you can let it dry compleatly, insert the patch into the tube, and then reactivate the patch with heat.
I thought you were getting at this. Interesting. I'd still use Clifton on the outside, but I might try this next time I fix a big tear. Hopefully that's a long time from now! I do like Stabond for gluing rub strakes back to the Hysides.

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Old 03-29-2012   #13
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I have had some success reactivating clifton with a heat gun while doing inside patches over larger holes, just let it dry until it is tacky, then keep checking it until it is no longer tacky and do it quick. It may not work well if you wait too long. and put some plastic or wax paper inside the tube, under the patch, with a string tied to it and running out the valve opening so you can pull it out-this will keep your tube from glueing together on the inside when you heat and roll it, unless you are a surgeon/ninja with your glue brush

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