2023 Jul 14th

​The Complete Guide to Fixing Common Issues With Inflatable Paddle Boards

Inflatable paddle boards have gained immense popularity due to their portability and convenience. However, like any equipment, they can experience wear and tear over time. Seam leaks, valve leaks, and air bubbles on the deck pad are some common issues that may arise. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore effective techniques to fix these problems and extend the lifespan of your beloved inflatable paddle board.

Seam Leaks

Seam leaks occur when the seams of an inflatable paddle board start to come apart, leading to air leakage. To fix seam leaks, follow these steps:

  1. Identify the leak: Inflate the board and submerge it in water. Look for bubbles emerging from the seams. Mark the locations with a waterproof marker.
  2. Prepare the area: Deflate the board and thoroughly clean the marked areas using a mild detergent and water. Make sure to remove any dirt or debris that may interfere with the repair process.
  3. Apply adhesive: Apply a generous amount of PVC adhesive along the seam (you can use gorilla glue). Use a brush or spatula to spread the adhesive evenly, covering the entire damaged area.
  4. Bond the seam: Gently press the two sides of the seam together, ensuring a firm and secure bond. You may use a roller or a similar tool to apply even pressure and remove any air bubbles.
  5. Allow for curing: Let the adhesive cure for the recommended time mentioned in the product instructions. This usually takes a few hours or overnight.
  6. Test the repair: Inflate the board and submerge it again to ensure the leak has been successfully repaired. If no bubbles appear, you've successfully fixed the seam leak.

Valve Leaks

Valve leaks occur when the valve on your inflatable paddle board fails to hold air. Here's a step-by-step guide to fix valve leaks:

  1. Identify the leak: Inflate the board and listen for air escaping from the valve area. Apply soapy water to the valve and look for bubbles. Mark the leaky spot.
  2. Tighten the valve: Using the appropriate valve wrench or tool that comes with your Newell Paddle board, tighten the valve as much as possible without stripping the threads. Often, loose valves are the primary cause of leaks.
  3. Replace the O-ring: If tightening the valve doesn't resolve the issue, replace the O-ring. Remove the valve cap, unscrew the valve, and replace the O-ring with a new one that comes in your repair kit. Ensure a proper seal when screwing the valve back in.
  4. Test the repair: Inflate the board and listen for any escaping air. Apply soapy water to the valve again and check for bubbles. If the leak is fixed, you've successfully repaired the valve.

Air Bubbles on the Deck Pad

Air bubbles on the deck pad can be unsightly and uncomfortable. Here's how to fix them:

  1. Identify the bubbles: Inspect the deck pad and locate the air bubbles. Using a needle or pin, gently puncture the bubbles to release the trapped air.
  2. Apply heat: Use a hairdryer or heat gun on a low setting to warm the affected area. Gently apply heat to the bubble and surrounding area, helping the deck pad adhesive to bond the pad to the board.
  3. Apply pressure: Once the area is warm, apply pressure to the bubble using your hands or a roller. Press down firmly to flatten the pad and ensure it adheres to the board properly.
  4. Allow for curing: Let the deck pad rest for a few hours to ensure the adhesive cures properly. Avoid using the board during this time.
  5. Test the repair: After the curing period, inspect the deck pad for any remaining bubbles. If all the bubbles have been successfully fixed, you can now enjoy a smooth and comfortable paddle boarding experience.

By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can confidently repair seam leaks, valve leaks, and air bubbles on your inflatable paddle board. Remember, timely repairs and regular maintenance will prolong the life of your board and ensure countless enjoyable adventures on the water. Always prioritize safety and consult Newell Outdoors if you encounter a complex issue beyond your expertise. Now, grab your paddle and get ready for your next exciting paddle boarding excursion!