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DIY gear repairs: Patching holes in sleeping mats

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The single biggest problem with an air mattress is that, sometimes, the air just won’t stay in! Holes are all too common, but a quick fix.

Identify and mark the problem hole

Patching up sleeping mat hole

Use a small brush to apply the Seam Grip

Patching up sleeping mat hole 2

Peel the backing off the gear repair tape

Patching up sleeping mat hole 3

Be sure to cover well past the end of the hole

Patching up sleeping mat hole 4

Finding the leak can often be the hardest part. Pouring soapy water or immersing the mat in the bath should create bubbles, indicating where the air is escaping.

Thoroughly dry the mat and clean it with isopropyl alcohol. A small dab of Seam Grip or a similar adhesive over the hole (extending at least 5mm from the hole), should do the trick. Allow it to dry overnight

When out in the field, gear repair tape can be used as a temporary fix until the hole can be glued.

Tip: you can use the same adhesive technique on leaky sleeping mat valves.

Repair cost

Seam Grip: $19.95

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