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    Default Patching a Pack Raft

    My LLama came with a small hole in it , and i was wondering if anyone has had any experience patching small holes (like maybe 1/8" Dia.)
    I was thinking either Aquaseal alone, or Aquaseal over Tyvek tape?
    Ideally, i don't want to have to touch it again.
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    Alpacka has a great instructional video on their website with instructions.

    Did you buy it used? If new, send it back and have them fix it or replace it. If used, they'll repair it for you for a small fee.

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    It was new. Its almost not worth sending it back, as its such a small hole. And honestly, its going to get more in it as time goes on.
    I checked out the vid earlier, i was just wondering about the durability of Aquaseal on the pack raft fabric.
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    The tape works great, bonds really good.

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    Default Alpacka patch

    Good advise by Brian M.

    If you end up patching the raft yourself....Tear Aid Type A is an easy to apply fix. Tear Aid and will bond well with light urethane fabrics and requires no tools and minimal preparation. Instructions are easy to follow and on the box.

    However, I would recommend a urethane patch if the hole butts up to a seamline or is much larger than a pinhole. Patching is a little more work but there are many resources out there that explain the process.

    I would not recommend Aquaseal.
    Aquaseal has poor UV resistance and will yellow/flake off in time. It would probably work temporarily, but it is intended to be used as a sealant not an adhesive.

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