REPAIR KIT INSTRUCTIONS

!!!Read Carefully Before Starting!!!

THE MOST COMMON PROBLEMS WITH RAFTS OCCUR DUE TO EXCESSIVE HIGH PRESSURE AND HEAT AND/OR IMPROPER CARE DURING TRANSPORTATION. TARP YOUR RAFT WHEN TRANSPORTING IT AND FREQUENTLY MONITOR PRESSURE. HEAT FROM THE SUN AND THE GROUND CAN DRASTICALLY RAISE PRESSURE AND DAMAGE YOUR RAFT. RECOMMENDED FLOOR PRESSURE – 1 TO 1.5 PSI; TUBE PRESSURE 1.5 TO 2.5 PSI

  1. If possible, the boat or tear should be moved to a clean, dry, flat area away from sunlight.  Place an oar, box, or piece of wood under the area to be repaired to give a hard, flat surface to work the patch against.
  2. All repairs on the river should be made with the 3” bias cut (cut at an angle to the base fabric to allow stretching) tape.  Later you can cover the tape with colored material for cosmetic purposes.  The colored material has a light grey plastomer side and a colored urethane side that matches your raft.
  3. If the tear is more than 1 foot long, an inside patch should be applied first.  This is more difficult than an outside patch, but will provide better air retention and insure the repair.  Use bias tape for inside patches.
  4. The Clifton one-part glue provided is ready to use.  An applicator brush is attached to the lid.  Always check your glue before leaving on a trip.  It has a one-year shelf life.
  5. Use the patch to trace around the area where it will be applied.  For repairs on the urethane surface, THOROUGHLY SAND THE URETHANE SURFACE FIRST.  Clean both the area and the patch with the cheese cloth dampened with MEK.  Using the brush, apply a thin even coat of glue to both area and patch.  Don’t miss any spots.  Let dry.  Apply a second thin, even coat to area and patch.
  6. Let the glued surfaces become tacky, then starting on one edge, lay the patch over the area and press it on with your hand.  Then, using the pusher set at a 45-degree angle, push across the patch area to remove all air and set the patch.  Work the edge of the pusher along any ridges formed by underlying overlapped materials.  If the glued surfaces dry before you can put them together, you can lightly wipe them with a damp cloth of MEK, to reactivate, wait until tacky gain, then apply.  Or you can apply a third, thin coat of glue.
  7. Let the patch cure for 1 hour before use.  Do not pump to full pressure for at least 12 hours.

HINTS:  Don’t glue an area much larger than the patch.   Exposed glue will darken with age and make a sloppy looking raft and patch.  Be careful with the inside patch and don’t glue the inside of the tube together.  Take your time.  A patch with the bias tape will hold air on the river.  You can cover the tape back home or at the shop.  A properly done patch is virtually impossible to remove without damage to the fabric.  Don’t overuse MEK.  Squeeze the excess out of your cheesecloth before using. 
CAUTION:  Glue and solvent should be used in a well-ventilated area.  Avoid contact with eyes and wounds.  If ingested – DO NOT INDUCE VOMITING – contact a physician or poison control.

WIND SERIES REPAIR KIT CONTENTS:

___ 10” X 15”      Floor fabric                                                                                                          
___ 10” X 15”      Repair Fabric – raft color
___ 8’                    3” Bias Repair Tape                                                          
___ 4 oz.               Glue*                                                                                                                                                    
___ 2                      Applicator Brushes                                                             
___ 2                      Tongue depressors                                                                                              
___ 1                      Valve Wrench/Pusher
___ 1 Pt                 MEK container
___ 1                      Utility Cup
___                         Cheesecloth
___                         Sandpaper

* ITEM THAT NEEDS TO BE REPLACED ANNUALLY

ADDITIONAL ITEMS NEED (not supplied)
___ MEK (Methyl Ethyl Ketone)*
___ Scissors
___ Single-edge razor blade
* Methyl Ethyl Ketone can be purchased at most paint or hardware stores.