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Old 10-29-2015, 12:31 PM   #1
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Finding leak in my inflatable

My elderly Carib inflatable has developed a slow leak. I intend to "paint" the tubes with soapy water in the hope that bubbles will tell me where the leak is. What type and brand of soapy stuff works best? Techniques?
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Old 10-29-2015, 12:52 PM   #2
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Ordinary washing up liquid works fine.
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Dawn, Joy, Ivory, etc., etc. take your pick.
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I've had the best success with 409 spray cleaner. All ready mixed and when you're done, the dinghy 's clean.
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Where do they usually leak? Mine loses pressure over a few days, but it's such a slow leak I don't even know if I'd see bubbles. Could it be the pump-up fitting? Is it usually a seam?
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Old 10-29-2015, 05:48 PM   #6
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Before testing pump it up a bit more than the usual max so the leak will have more flow. I have used 409 as well on tires...it will foam/bubble nicely at the leak.
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Dawn, Joy, Ivory, etc., etc. take your pick.
Wifey B: Use Palmolive. Milder on your hands.
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Old 10-29-2015, 05:50 PM   #8
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Where do they usually leak? Mine loses pressure over a few days, but it's such a slow leak I don't even know if I'd see bubbles. Could it be the pump-up fitting? Is it usually a seam?
Fittings and seams are the most likely places to leak. Otherwise punctures of some sort.
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Old 10-30-2015, 10:30 AM   #9
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Any time I thought mine had a leak it was always dirt in the fill valves. Doesn't take much.
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Old 11-01-2015, 10:48 AM   #10
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Thanks all. Shares in Palmolive on the rise, hands soft as face, have not yet found leak. Will try again with Dawn and report back.
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