How to Patch a Hole in Your Hot Tub Cover

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Tears or punctures in your spa cover don’t always justify ordering a brand new cover, but it is important to fix the tear to avoid further damage and keep moisture from getting in. Below I will walk you through the steps on how to easily repair torn or punctured vinyl on your hot tub cover using a Tear-Aid Patch Kit!
Tear

Tear-Aid is a durable, flexible, airtight patch that prevents further ripping or tearing by creating a strong bond to the vinyl material of your hot tub cover. It is clear and UV resistant so it won’t stick out like a sore thumb or yellow over time.
Tear-Aid

Each Tear-Aid kit comes with the following supplies:

  • One 3” x 12” Patch (can be trimmed to any size)
  • One 7/8” x7/8” Patch
  • One 1 3/8” x 1 3/8” Patch
  • One 12” Reinforcement Filament (for repairing tears at edges)
  • Two Alcohol Prep Pads

Tear-Aid Contents

Step 1: Start With a Clean Surface

Clean the area around the tear with an alcohol pad to eliminate any residue that may prevent the adhesive from forming a strong bond. Tear-Aid uses a unique adhesive that resists the oil in vinyl that causes other products to come loose and turn gummy over time.

Tip: Make sure vinyl is allowed to thoroughly dry before applying the patch.
Clean Tear Area

Step 2: Trim Tear-Aid to Desired Size

Use scissors to cut the Tear-Aid patch so that there will be at least one inch of patch beyond all edges of the tear. If you are using more than one patch, allow for patches to overlap by at least 1 inch.
Trim Patch

Step 3: Apply Tear-Aid Patch

Carefully peel back ½ an inch of the paper liner. Position and anchor the exposed edge of the patch allowing the patch to extend 1 inch beyond all edges of the tear.

Slowly peel back the liner while carefully applying the patch over the tear. Rub all edges to seal, then rub entire patch aggressively to remove air bubbles and completely bond the patch to the vinyl.
Patch Placement

For extra reinforcement you can also repeat this process on the back side of the tear if you have access.

 

Important Note: If the tear or hole has also punctured the plastic wrap around your foam inserts, you must remove your vinyl jacket and patch the plastic.
Repaired Tear

The Tear-Aid Vinyl Patch Kit also works great on pools, soft spa vinyl liner leaks, or any other vinyl belongings you may have that require repair.

If you have a spa cover made from Sunbrella Fabric in need of repair, you will need to follow the same steps above using a Tear Aid Fabric Patch Kit.

 

Do you have a question about repairing your hot tub cover? Comment below!

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