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jimiheadstone

Inflatable Not Holding Air Like It Should? Motor? Hole? Quick Fix Tip

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this is for older inflatables that with age, that you love!! the material becomes porous, and does not hold air like it used to. most would assume the motor is going....I have had 2 inflatables that have been given me hell for the last 3 years the grinch and santa  on the igloo with the candy cane. both would fall over and not inflate correctly.

This year i took them out and checked every seam and for holes nothing. Motors are working correctly.

Was thinking of getting new motors for both but that was a lot of money and not 100% they would fix the problem.

 

here is what i did...... got santa on the igloo and blew him up.

i had 2 cans of clear gloss spay. you can use clear or varnish.....

i covered the inflatable with the spray (while motor was on too messy with it off) 2 coats 2 cans

lots on the seams....

and guess what? like brand new and works great.... been  a week and they are still good even while deflating and inflating every night.

 

wear a mask

do it out side!!!

have fire extinguisher ready in case only works best while it's inflated and less of a mess like stuff sticking to it.

 

i cant believe the results!!!!

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Have done that too, have used various products, really helps, but tends to flack off the next year.

 

Did not know fabric could get so thin, almost like tissue paper, gets to the point if you look at it hard, it rips., seems like some colors holdup better than others.

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Just did the spray thing (used Krylon clear coat) on a 8 foot Scooby.  An amazing difference!  Make sure that you spray in a well ventilated area!

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retired 11 this year, but should not complain, most of them were at least 9 years old, kept the blowers, etc.

 

they were fairly common, snow men santa, etc.

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I was wondering if tent sealant would work or boot waterproffing? paint seems it would yellow. Too cold here to do anything anyway

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I have noticed that my Scooby works great in temps at 30 and above after spraying, but at temps in the 20s and below he does not hold enough air to stay rigid. 

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I had luck last year using a mix of fabric softer and water.  Worked well, but needed to be reapplied after rain.

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Works better if you apply from inside out,does not flake off as bad and the air pushes the sealer through the holes not just on top.i stick my hand through the zipper opening and close it around my wrist and spray,the air movement will move it around

 

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Are we talking about paint? On this clear glass spray or d Krylon clear coat? 

 

After a rain i noticed my inflatable is better than new  so I know something like this will work 

Thanks for any help

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Hi, I have put one coat of the Krylon on and it actually stood up, however, the next day down it went.  I think I read someone else said they put two coats on...has anyone done that?  I really want to save my Grinch!  Thanks!

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On 11/13/2013 at 1:39 PM, jimiheadstone said:

this is for older inflatables that with age, that you love!! the material becomes porous, and does not hold air like it used to. most would assume the motor is going....I have had 2 inflatables that have been given me hell for the last 3 years the grinch and santa  on the igloo with the candy cane. both would fall over and not inflate correctly.

This year i took them out and checked every seam and for holes nothing. Motors are working correctly.

Was thinking of getting new motors for both but that was a lot of money and not 100% they would fix the problem.

 

On 12/27/2013 at 7:15 AM, mikell said:

I was wondering if tent sealant would work or boot waterproffing? paint seems it would yellow. Too cold here to do anything anyway

I'm not a big inflatable guy but I have read in previous years about people using Scotchguard with good results.  It seems to me that a Scotchguard type product would be better than spray paint for 2 reasons.  It's made to use on fabric.  It would be more flexible than spray paint.  (I have not tried either personally.)

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