It's to be expected that SIB repairs may need to be taken out at some point.
If done in the correct environment then repairs are relatively straightforward.
Ideal conditions are:
Relative humidity less than 60%
Temperature between 18°C and 25°C
Dry, shaded and well ventilated area
Away from naked flames
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If you fear you have a slow leak, try to locate it by applying soapy water to your inflated SIB and look out for bubbles forming that will indicate the leak.
Once you have found the leak or tear, deflate the tube completely.
Cut a piece of material to size leaving a small overlap of 4-6cm with rounded corners.
If it's a big tear greater than 50mm you may need two pieces of fabric. One for each side.
Place the patch over the tear and mark around it with the pencil.
For Hypalon use sandpaper to roughen both the patch and the tube itself. No need if it's PVC.
Clean/prime both areas using a clean dry lint-free cloth.
On Hypalon use Hypalon Solvent Cleaner.
On PVC use MEK or Acetone.
Wait until solvent has evaporated or the MEK/Acetone becomes 'tacky'.
Apply the masking tape along the pencil lines to avoid any over spill.
Mix the two part adhesive according to the instructions.