How to Repair a Puncture or Worn Down Spot on Your iSUP
Although Glide Inflatable Paddleboards are durable that doesn't mean indestructible. If you somehow get a worn down spot or a puncture, here is how you fix it.
How to repair a puncture hole or worn down spot on your stand up paddle board
At Glide, our inflatable paddle boards are made to the highest standard of durability. No board is indestructible however and certain underwater hazards or transportation mishaps will on rare occasions puncture your board.
That's why all of our inflatable paddle boards come with a patch kit that has all of the tools you will need to fix a puncture hole.
Repairing a SUP is surprisingly easy and you can do it at home without any special tools.
The first thing that you will need to do is find the puncture hole. If the hole is obvious then you can skip this step but if your board is leaking air and you are having trouble finding the puncture spot then here is what I recommend.
First, with the board inflated, listen for the sound of air leaking out of the board and move your hand along the board to feel for where the air is coming out. If you still can’t find the hole, make a mix of soapy water and spread it over suspected areas. Where the air is leaking out, you will notice that small bubbles start to form in the soapy water. Once you find the hole, mark it with a pencil so that you don’t lose track of it.
If you find that the air is leaking from your valve, see our video here about how to repair a leaky valve. Valves can sometimes get a bit loose during shipping and will need to be tightened every couple years as part of your normal board maintenance.
If any water has leaked into your board, you will want to remove it before applying your patch. You can do this by unscrewing your valve all the way (make sure that you don’t lose track of the socket inside of the board) and draining out any water through the hole that is cut in the board to house the valve.
Once you have found the puncture, it’s time to deflate your paddle board and get the repair kit that came with your inflatable SUP. Cut your PVS patch into an oval shape, this will help keep the edges from pulling up while it is curing. Clean your patch and the area around the hole with rubbing alcohol or water and let them both completely dry.
You may also choose to use sandpaper to gently abrase the area to create a stronger bond but this is not necessary. Place the patch in your repair kit over the puncture and draw an outline with a pen or pencil so that you know where to apply the glue. Spread a coat of glue over that area on the board and over the matte side of your patch. The glossy side of your patch will face outwards after application.
Wait 3-5 minutes for the glue to be a bit tacky and apply the patch to the board. Use the back of the tube of glue or another tool to get the bubbles out from under the patch and cover the patch with masking tape.
Let your board sit for 24 hours to allow the glue to cure before inflating your board to test the patch. You can use the soapy water trick again at this point to make sure that your patch is air tight.
These PVC patches provide a great solution to punctures in your inflatable paddle board and should hold for years after application.