How To Repair Your Inflatable Car

It's very unlikely that your inflatable car will receive a puncture because the air chambers used are extremely tough. But not everything can hold in the worst of circumstances.  Yet even if your inflatable car does get a tear, it's designed with a redundant system of air chambers so that you won't be left stranded with a "flat" car.  Tears in the body of inflatable cars can be repaired by yourself using a Hypalon repair kit.  Read on to find out how to repair your inflatable car.

  1. You will need the following materials:
    • Hypalon tube material
    • Clifton accelerator
    • Clifton Hypalon adhesive
    • Pro roller hand yool
    • Stiff bristle brush
    • Toluene
    • Chemical resistant gloves
    • Eye protection
    • Find sandpaper (180 grit)
    • Pencil
    • Lint free towel
    • Organic fume respirator
  2. Locate the tear.
  3. Cut a patch 2 inches wider from all sides of the hole. If the cut is 2 inches, the patch should be 4" x 6".  Make sure you cut round corners, because square corners easily catch and peel off.
  4. Using the pencil, the area of the patch onto the car's surface.
  5. Using your sandpaper, buff the backside of the patch and the damaged area, staying away from the part where the threads of the material are visible.
  6. Using the Toulene and the lint free towel, clean the buffed surfaces to achieve a good strong glue bond.
  7. Once the surfaces are thoroughly clean and dry, apply a thin layer of Hypalon Adhesive onto both surfaces.  Use the stiff bristle brush to spread the adhesive.  Afterwards, apply the Clifton Accelerator. You need to apply the Accelerator because the Hypalon adhesive works as a one-part glue. The Accelerator significantly increases the adhesive's bond strength and resistance to chemicals and heat.  Before you apply the Adhesive and Accelerator, carefully measure the volumes of each. Applying too much accelerator will end up weakening the repair bond.
  8. Test to see if the first layer of adhesive has become tacky.  But do NOT use your bare fingertips; put on the gloves before testing.  Finger oils will actually affect the bonding quality of the adhesive if they get left behind.
  9. Once the first layer of adhesive is tacky, place another thin layer of adhesive on each surface.
  10. Repeat steps 8 and 9, and apply a third layer of adhesive.
  11. Once the third layer is tacky, put the two surfaces together. Make sure you glue the patch onto the area demarcated by the pencil.  The Hypalon adhesive is contact cement, meaning they cannot be moved once the surfaces have been stuck together.
  12. As soon as the two surfaces are pressed together, apply pressure with the roller, working from the center outward.
  13. With a lint free towel dampened with Toulene, wipe up any excess glue that seeped out of the patch's edge while rolling.
  14. Let the patch cure for half an hour before you reinflate the car and drive on.


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