Two of the biggest benefits of Intex swimming pools are that they're easy to set up and simple to maintain. These pools are constructed of a durable rubber material that stands up to the elements yet is lightweight enough for yearly set-up and take-down.
After regular use and extended exposure harsh pool chemicals, though, this sturdy vinyl liner can sustain holes and tears. Fortunately, patching an Intex pool is an easy job that requires only a few supplies and 10 to 15 minutes of time.
Intex makes patching kits designed specifically for their pool liners. Other, off-brand pool liner repair kits will also work, though the patches may not perfectly match the pattern of your Intex liner. If possible, use an Intex patching kit with the patching fabric that came with your pool
Things You'll Need
Intex patching kit
- Clean all areas in need of repair with a cloth before starting the patching project.
- Allow patches to sit for 12 hours before swimming in the pool.
- If the underwater hole can be accessed from inside and outside of the pool, place a patch on both sides.
How to Patch a Hole Under Water
- Locate the patterned patching material that came with your pool. Most pools come with a small amount of patching material that matches the pattern of your pool liner.
- Cut a rounded patch to cover the hole in the liner, allowing at least one-half inch overlap on all sides of the damaged area.
- Squeeze a small dab of patching adhesive from the kit onto the back side of the patch, then fold the patch in half to spread the adhesive inside the fold.
- Allow the adhesive to cure for 10 minutes, then immerse the patch into the water while still folded.
- When you are near the tear in the liner, open the patch, place it over the hole, and press firmly.
- Smooth the patch against the pool liner surface, starting from the center of the patch and working to the edges to remove any air bubbles. Let the patch sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then repeat the smoothing process.
Do not use a patch with square corners to a cover hole in a liner. The sharp edges will make it easier for the patch to peel off the repaired surface.
How to Patch Above the Water Line and Below the Inflatable Ring
- Cut two patches in a circular shape, using the patterned Intex patching material. Cut the patch large enough so there will be an overlap of at least one-half inch around the hole.
- Place a pea-sized drop of adhesive around the hole on both the inside and outside of the pool surface and on both patches. Use a cotton swab to spread the adhesive, covering the entire patching area. Allow the adhesive to sit for 10 minutes so it can cure.
- Apply one patch inside of the pool surface, smoothing the patch from the center to the outer edges. Repeat the process with the second patch on the outside of the pool surface.
- Allow the patched area to sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then repeat the smoothing process to ensure a tight bond.
How to Patching a Hole in the Inflatable Ring
- Inflate the upper ring fully, using an air pump. This will help you locate the hole.
- Mark the hole with a permanent marker so it is easy to find.
- Cut a circular patch to cover the hole, allowing for an overlap of at least one inch around the damaged area. The patch should be cut from the clear patching material included with your Intex pool, if possible.
- Squeeze a pea-sized dollop of adhesive onto the patch, as well as on the surface of the ring surrounding the hole. Allow the adhesive to cure for 10 minutes before applying.
- Place the patch over the damaged area and smooth it down, starting in the center of the patch and working toward the edges.
Allow the patched surface to sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then repeat the smoothing process.
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