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How do you repair an inflatable paddle board?

The Inflatable  paddle boardis a convenient and fun way to glide across the water. However, like any equipment, it can wear out over time, and those, even if it is of good construction. If your inflatable paddle board punctures or is damaged, don’t despair! It is possible to repair your own inflatable paddle with a repair kit and a few simple tools. We explain how to repair your inflatable paddle step by step so that you can enjoy this great activity again with complete peace of mind. 

What equipment to repair an inflatable paddle board?

The advantage is that to repair your inflatable SUP you won’t need a lot of equipment. However, it is important to note that if the tear or puncture is too large, you will need to call a professional to repair your inflatable paddle.

Here’s the list of materials you need:

  • A repair kit for inflatable paddle board: At Sroka you receive a repair kit directly with your paddle when you buy it. If you didn’t have a repair kit, you can find them in sports stores and online shops that specialize in water sports.
  • Hot water
  • A little mild soap : Do not use abrasive products such as alcohol or ethanol, as this may weaken the skin of the paddle.
  • A clean and dry cloth : Make sure that your cloth is not dirty so as not to damage your paddle.
  • A hair dryer : This is not mandatory but it will heat the patch so that it sticks better.
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How to repair your inflatable paddle board: the steps

  • Step 1 : Start by cleaning the damaged area with mild soap and warm water skin. Then use a clean, dry cloth to dry the area and remove all traces of soap. Make sure the damaged area is dry and free of dust before moving on to the next step.

  • Step 2 : Remove the protective film from the repair patch. There are two scenarios, if the film is self-adhesive, you will just have to remove the protective film. If the repair patch is not self-adhesive, you will need to apply glue to the back part of the patch before applying it.

  • Step 3 : Apply the patch to the damaged area. Make sure the patch is centered and completely covers the puncture or tear.

  • Step 4 : Remove any air bubbles that may have formed under the patch. To do this, you can use a smooth, flat object such as a spatula or a credit card to smooth the patch and remove any air bubbles.

  • Step 5 : Use a hair dryer to heat the patch slightly. This will help to get it adhered properly. Make sure you don’t overheat it or you risk damaging the paddle. Then allow the patch to cool and cure for about 10-15 minutes. Once dry, your inflatable paddle board should be repaired and ready to use again. 
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How to change the valve of your inflatable paddle?

Changing the valve of your inflatable paddle board only takes a few minutes. You will only need the key provided in the repair kit and the new valve. Start by completely deflating your paddle and then place your knees on either side of the valve to keep your paddle on the ground. Open the valve and use your wrench to unscrew it. Once the valve is completely unscrewed, it will come off on its own. Then take the new valve and screw it in place of the old one using the wrench. The valve must be properly tightened , but there is no need to tighten too tightly or the valve and wrench will break. It’s already over, your paddle is ready again!

Our tips for properly maintaining your inflatable paddle board

Here are some tips on how to properly maintain your inflatable paddle board to maximize its lifespan:

  1. We advise you to store your inflatable paddle board away from direct sunlight and heat to prevent it from aging prematurely, especially in summer and during heat waves. During hot weather, it is very important not to leave your inflatable paddle in your car, as it may be damaged by the heat.
  2. Even though it may seem logical, don’t drag your paddle board on the beach to put it in the water. To avoid damaging it, carry it to the water without rubbing it on the floor.

  3. Rinse your inflatable paddle board fresh water as regularly as possible. This step is even more important if you are not going to use it in the next few days. You can also clean it with a clean, damp cloth.

  4. Finally, regularly check the seams and fastening points to prevent possible tears or punctures. If you spot a damaged area, do not return to the water with your paddle and repair it directly by following the steps explained above.

If you still have questions about this, or for any other request, please do not hesitate to contact us !

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