To find holes in a Swaygo Pack, clean the pack thoroughly. While the outside is completely dry, fill the pack with water and look for leaks. Mark the location of the holes with tape.
Fix a Hole
- Use eye protection and work in a well ventilated area.
- Clean the area around the hole. The cleaner it is the better and longer lasting the patch will be. For the best results, use McNett’s Cotol 240 to clean and prime the patch area. Rubbing alcohol can also work. Get it really clean.
- Place a piece of tape under the hole from the inside of the pack. This is to prevent the sealer from seeping inside the pack.
- If you have a large hole cutter/punch, cut a round hole in some tape and place the tape hole over the area to be patched. This makes a nice, round patch, with no corners. Corners or points are more susceptible to peeling.
- Use Aquaseal, the stuff made by McNett. Accept no substitutions! Nothing else is recommended. Nothing else has held up in tests. You can usually find it in outdoor stores, paddling or scuba shops. You can even get a combo pack with Aquaseal and Cotol 240 for about $11.00.
- Spread a dab of Aquaseal so there is at least a 1/2″ overlapping the hole or fill the tape hole. Try to make the patch round, with smooth edges, no corners or points. If using a tape hole, let sit for 10-15 minutes to allow the Aquaseal to settle and smooth, then carefully remove the tape. If you wait, the tape will be stuck under the Aquaseal. Lay the pack on a flat surface, so the Aquaseal doesn’t run.
- Let it dry overnight.
- Use the pack as normal. This process has proven to make a strong and durable patches.
As always, if you prefer, Swaygo will patch the holes for you. Simply send us the clean and deconed pack and we will fix it up. Allow 2-3 weeks for shipping, prep, and drying time.