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Old 01-27-2015   #1
 
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Seam repair question

I just noticed this seam is starting to come unglued a little. There are a couple more spots like this but this is the biggest one (still not very big). None are air holding seams, just where the floor meats the tubes, and one is at the extra material on the bottom of the tube.

My question is do I need to sand the inside of the seam like if I were putting on a patch? Or just clean and glue?
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Old 01-27-2015   #2
 
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Yes, you still need to sand it and prep it before you glue it. Is it PVC or Hypalon? If it's Hypalon, make sure to get the two part Clifton's from NRS. A syringe really helps to get the glue to the back of the area. Make sure to heat it up and roll the crap out of it.
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Just curious what brand boat is it?

I would sand both parts of the material. It's a pain in the ars but piece of mind down the road.

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It's a NRS Otter (Pennel Orca)
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Sanding off the old glue will work to roughen up the material just fine. After you're done sanding blow all that grit out with some compressed air. One of those really small paint brushes work to get in the crevices. Might want to consider some glue accelerant too. It will be less time you have to hold that material open waiting for it to set up a little, and will generally give you a better bond so hopefully you don't have to be back making the same repair in 6 months.
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I know this is an old thread, but I am just now getting around to making this repair.

Anyway, I am wondering how much accelerator I should use. I am using Clifton adhesive and accelerator. The directions say 10 drops of accelerator per 2 oz of adhesive, but I am not going to be using anywhere near 2 oz of adhesive. Probably way less than 1 oz. The unglued section of seam is only about 3" long and less than half an inch deep. So maybe 1 or 2 drops of accelerator?
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Just a couple of drops......too much will screw you.
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One trick to hold the repair open while the glue sets up, Shishkabob skewers work great. I adapted that from my grandpa using dowels to hold formica above a countertop.
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Justa couple drops.

This winter I reglued most of the floor back into an old bucket boat I picked up for a song. A syringe really helps get that glue back in there and has less mess. I used popsicle sticks to jam it up in and get it into the crevices in all the tight spots like that. Then turned them on end to keep the crevice open. Also attaching sand paper to the end of a popsicle stick is a good way to get in there and sand the surfaces.
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A seam that is torn, ripped, or falling apart is one of the most common damage issues that can happen to a garment. Fortunately, repair is typically easy. Putting it on the patch is good enough and continue with your first step. Hope it will help!
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