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Old 09-29-2010
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Question PVC inflatable repairs

Anyone try alternatives to PVC glue? I keep hearing about how it doesnt really work. One person I know used the strongest contact cement he could find at home depot/lowes.

My current repair needs are to re-connect the wood transom to the PVC tubes. I want it to be as bomb-proof as possible since I will be attaching a 40# motor. I was thinking of something like liquid nails sub-floor glue since it's stretchy and very sticky.

Anyway, I am looking for suggestions other than the $$$ PVC glue they have at west marine.

If y'all think it's better to just get a new inflatable, let me know that as well.
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I've seen folks use 5200 but I'd start thinking about a new dink.
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What kind of dink and how old is it?

Ours is the WM Zodiac 310 rib with the wood folding transom. Ours separated from the wood a couple of years ago, and it was still under warranty so the repair was free. It has just started separating again a couple of weeks ago so we went to WM and found that it is still under the five year warranty.

If you are going to do the repair yourself, I've been told by inflatable repair guy that the glue is the way to go, but you have to make sure that you prepare it correctly which includes letting the wood dry for at least a week and both surfaces have to be absolutely clean. It is the cleanliness that determines the bond.
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The dinghy is from about 1999, i got it used on craigslist for $300. it's a wm ru-260.

...as i type this, i am thinking replace if cheap glue doesnt help.
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For repairing/glueing PVC inflatables: Vyna Bond Vinyl Repair Patch | U.S. Plastic Corp.

But, you MUST clean the repair area FIRST with MEK (methylethylketone) to remove any surface contamination - VERY IMPORTANT.
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