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Clifton Hypalon Adhesive

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Clifton Hypalon® Adhesive is your best choice for unsurpassed adhesion. We use it when building our Pennel Orca® boats and highly recommend it. For a even stronger bond and faster cure time, mix with Clifton Hypalon Accelerator, Item # 38701.01. Accelerator ratio: 0.8 oz. to 1 gal. glue.

Coverage Guideline:
3.5 ounces should cover 1-sq. ft. of patch (both surfaces), with 3 thin coats.

We use Clifton Hypalon Adhesive to bond Hypalon to Hypalon, but this adhesive may also be used to bond other synthetic rubber materials, like neoprene and EDPM.

Shelf life: 1 year

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Related Videos

  • video: How To: Patch a Hypalon Boat
    How To: Patch a Hypalon Boat
    Length:5:09
  • video: How To: Inflatable Repair Adhesives Guide
    How To: Inflatable Repair Adhesives Guide
    Length:4:16
Features:
  • Use on Hypalon, neoprene, EDPM and similar rubber materials
  • 1 year shelf life

video: How To: Patch a Hypalon Boat

How To: Patch a Hypalon Boat (5:09)

Properly patching a Hypalon raft or cataraft isn't difficult, but it does require specific tools, supplies and techniques. In this instructional video, the NRS Repairs Department shows you the materials, adhesives, solvents and skills you need to successfully glue a patch on your inflatable boat. This information applies to Hypalon, Pennel Orca and rubber inflatables. The same techniques can be used for gluing air-holding patches, D-rings and foot cups to your raft or cataraft. The video also includes tips for making temporary field repairs on the water.

video: How To: Inflatable Repair Adhesives Guide

How To: Inflatable Repair Adhesives Guide (4:16)

When repairing your Hypalon, PVC or urethane inflatable, or your plastic or composite kayak, it's vital that you choose the right adhesive and solvent for the job. Using the wrong materials will result in a poor repair and wasted effort. In this video, Josh from NRS Repairs shares an inflatable repair adhesives guide to help you understand when to use such glues as Clifton Hypalon, Shore, Stabond, Clifton Urethane, Vynabond and G/flex Epoxy. Solvents for repair prep are important too; you'll also learn when you can use toluene, MEK, acetone and alcohol.

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  • Clifton Hypalon Adhesive

    Q:

    How long does the adhesive god for after the can has been opened?
    Asked on 8/14/2014 by Hardie from Madeline Island, Lake Superior

    7 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Store opened cans upside down and you might get another season out of them. Most of my contacts say get a new can every year. Pretty easy to open a can from last year to find it dry...
      -Bryce

      Answered on 8/16/2014 by Lokey from Montrose, CO
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      This adhesive has a shelf life of approximately one year. That lifespan starts from manufacture, not from when it is opened. We work hard to keep fresh adhesive on the shelf.

      Answered on 8/14/2014 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi I bought a can July of 2013 and opened it irght away. used it last week ( Aug 2014 and worked fine.
      My first can so not sure if will go past a year.

      Answered on 8/14/2014 by Guru of GC from Lake Stevens, WA
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Mine is still fine after two years

      Answered on 8/14/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      Funny you should ask-I just opened mine last weekend. I bought a small can 2 years ago, used a little and it has solidified enough to be useless. The top was on tight. I believe the description says it is good for a year. I would buy the smallest can you can use, because it has a short life.

      Answered on 8/14/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi, usually the Clifton Hypalon adhesive has a shelf life of one year anything past that point the adhesive becomes thick and doesn't spread evenly.
      Hope this helps

      Answered on 8/14/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It depends...I have stored an open can in the freezer and used it a year
      later without issue. However, stored in outside in a hot repair kit to
      find it unusable after 5 months.

      Answered on 8/14/2014 by Anonymous
  • Clifton Hypalon Adhesive

    Q:

    What is gluing sequence/pricedure?
    Asked on 5/2/2014 by Jeff from Essex, ct

    2 answers

  • Clifton Hypalon Adhesive

    Q:

    My floor on my Hyside Raft is delaminating so I am attempting a repair. The Hyside website reccomends Stabond adhesive for Hyside boats, but it look like NRS reccomends Clifton Adhesive. Any ideas on what would be the easiest and best adhesive to use for this type of repair. thanks for any info
    Asked on 4/28/2014 by wildmurdock from Moab, Utah

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Clifton Hypalon and Stabond are both excellent adhesives. We build our hypalon boats with the combo of the Clifton Adhesive and Clifton Hypalon Accelerator, so we're partial to it. Either one will work on your Hyside. We'll need more information about how the floor is delaminating, size of the area, etc before being able to give more explicit advice, Please give us a call, 800.635.5202, so we can chat about the issues and better help you with the repair job.

      Answered on 4/28/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • Clifton Hypalon Adhesive

    Q:

    I have a hypalon dinghy and rubbed a 4X6 inch area down to the fabric. The problem is that it is adjacent to the rub rail so I can't overlap the patch. I tried putting the patch up against the rub rail but it leaks a couple of places along that seam. Any suggestions?
    Thanks, Andy
    Asked on 4/5/2014 by Andy from Moore Haven, FL

    2 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have 2 rafts with a similar problem.  The spots rubbed raw have delaminated on the inside of the tube so a patch will not hold air.  The solution I found was to patch from both the inside and outside of the tube.  I cut a 4 inch slit in the tube and placed a patch by reaching through the hole - roughing the area and spreading the glue blind.  I rolled the inside patch with glue facing in to get it through the hole. Because I could not spread the glue on the inside too carefully, I was worried that I would glue the tube together, but this did not appear to be a problem as there was no  glue on the facing side of the tube.  I set the patch with a heat gun and lots of pressure.  Once I set the inside patch, I inflated the tube and patched the outside up to the rub rail.  It has held for 30 days, so it seems good.  Good luck. 

      Answered on 4/6/2014 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Andy, that's a tough area to seal. I suggest covering it with a layer of Aquaseal, Item # 35001.01, after thoroughly abrading and cleaning the area. Then I think I'd attempt to overlap a patch up over the rub rail, using the thinnest material you can find. The Aquaseal will probably do the job by itself; the patch will be the cherry on the cake.

      Answered on 4/6/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • Clifton Hypalon Adhesive

    Q:

    is there a good way to tell if the glue is expired
    Asked on 3/6/2014 by Ryan

    6 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      When it gets really gummy. Two seasons max.
      -Jonas

      Answered on 3/7/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I consider it "expired" if/when all the volatiles have evaporated out of it. If it is still liquid, I just add thinner to get it to the consistency I like - no matter how old the glue actually is.

      Answered on 3/7/2014 by Wayne from Glendale, AZ
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I've always figured if it's "runny" enough to work easily, it's still good.
      If it's too thick, it's near impossible to get even coats everywhere you
      need them.
      But I have another question -- maybe one the folks at NRS can answer: I
      don't think I've ever used up a can of Clifton adhesive -- it always
      becomes unworkable (i.e. too thick) well before it's gone. Can it be
      "revived" by thinning it out with toluene?

      Answered on 3/6/2014 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Ryan, it's "expired" when it gets too thick to spread. It's an unfortunate characteristic of this excellent adhesive.

      Answered on 3/6/2014 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Ryan:
      It usually doesn't last a year...
      If you open it, and it's like rubber cement and not viscous--then it's shot. :(
      Unless you're planning on doing a fleet of boats (repairs) then just buy it by the smaller sizes because no matter how well you tighten it; it doesn't last.
      Good luck.
      Philip Cook
      American Patriot / Humanitarian

      Answered on 3/6/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It will be really thick.

      Answered on 3/6/2014 by Anonymous
  • Clifton Hypalon Adhesive

    Q:

    Can I use this with "Shore Adhesive" for the application of foot cones?
    Asked on 8/27/2013 by Bear from Grand Junction, CO

    5 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes. Absolutely, as well as with d-rings.
      P. Chance Cook
      American Patriot / Humanitarian

      Answered on 8/28/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Sorry I don't know if you can use this with Shore Adhesive, I'm not sure I
      fully understand your question, we use Clifton HypalonR Adhesive to bond
      HypalonR to HypalonR, but this adhesive may also be used to bond rubber to
      rubber.

      Answered on 8/27/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      If you are gluing hypalon to hypalon, yes.

      Answered on 8/27/2013 by Dennis in Tijeras from Tijeras, NM
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I mounted hypalon foot cups to my hypalon boat using the shore Adhesive and
      no problem. They are holding fine.

      Answered on 8/27/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Bear, this is an excellent adhesive for our Pennel Orca, or other hypalon and synthetic rubber materials. It wouldn't be used "with" Shore Adhesive, but rather instead of. Combining it with Clifton Hypalon Accelerator, Item # 38702.01, creates the strongest bond; it's the combo we use when building our boats. I strongly recommend this combo for repairs that get a lot of stress, like foot cones, D-rings and air-holding patches. Links to application instructions and videos are there on the product page. Give us a call, 800.635.5202, if you have questions.

      Answered on 8/27/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • Clifton Hypalon Adhesive

    Q:

    I have an older Avon inflatable with a leaky seam. Your videos show how to patch the inflatable fabric but what procedure would I use to repair a seam? In addition to the Clifton Adhesive, do I need some seam covering material?
    Asked on 7/3/2013 by Howy the Sailor from Vermont

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Howy, repairing a seam is one of the tougher jobs. More than likely it's a "lap" seam, one piece of material lying over the other. The best job will be to separate those two pieces, using heat and toluene, clean off the old glue, then re-glue. Covering the repaired seam with another layer of material will provide extra insurance against leaking. I strongly recommend the combo of Clifton Hypalon Adhesive and Clifton Hypalon Accelerator for the job. It's what we use to build NRS boats. We have complete instructions for using this combo online, plus several videos on repair. Give us a call, 800.635.5202, if you have questions.

      Answered on 7/4/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • Clifton Hypalon Adhesive

    Q:

    My RIB tender was vandalized by having several 40+ inch slashes in the tubes(1 slash per tube). I am going to attempt a repair. Are there any special techniques to use for installing large patches?

    Specifically, I suspect I will need to do something to hold the edges of the slash in alignment as the patch is applied. I am thinking of the heat shrink tape that is used when shrink wrapping boats for storage. I would apply it to the inside surfaces of the tube. It has amazing grip and is waterproof so it could stay inside the tube after the repair is made.
    Asked on 6/30/2013 by Tyrone O'Soros from East Aurora, NY

    4 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I'm not sure I understand what you are trying to accomplish with the heat
      shrink tape. I think it's repairable for sure. I would use a patch at
      extends 6-10 inches on all sides of the slash. Then you should be all;
      set.

      Answered on 7/1/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi Tyrone,
      With slashes that large in the tubes you need to do an inside patch and an
      outside patch, using special techniques and 2 part glue. I think you may
      need to consider a professional inflatable repair shop for this task. Did
      they cut across any seams? That will make the repair even trickier. Do you
      have any photos of the damage?
      Sorry to hear of your misfortune, I hope they catch the dirtbags.

      Answered on 6/30/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Sorry to hear that!
      Watch the videos for Clifton adhesive. I've used it a few times and think its the best.
      Hope that helps

      Answered on 6/30/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Ouch, Tyrone, that's terrible! Keeping the edges of the repair together is important for getting a smooth repair. I can't speak to the heat shrink tape; however, Tear-Aid Type A (# 1980) sticks great to Hypalon and other non-PVC surfaces. As to the patch itself, be sure to mix the Clifton Hypalon Adhesive with the Accelerator (# 1904.1); it gives a significantly stronger glue bond. Follow the instructions and first watch the videos on the product page. And since you're probably in a coastal area, be aware that high humidity, over 70%, will interfere with a good bond. If you have questions, give us a call, 800.635.5202. Best of success!

      Answered on 6/30/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • Clifton Hypalon Adhesive

    Q:

    Can this glue be used in high humidity, around 70%? And high temp? 90 degrees. I'm on a boat in Mexico and need to fix a 2" tear in a Caribe dinghy.
    thanks,
    Frank
    Asked on 6/28/2013 by Frank from Yankee in Mexico

    5 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have used it in worse conditions than that and had good results.

      Answered on 6/29/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The high temp is the real problem.  I've used the glue when it was in the high 70's and in direct sunlight.  The glue sets up very quickly in higher temps, so the wait times between coats according to the info sheet are drastically different.  I suggest gluing a couple of hypalon patches together as a test piece to see how it holds. 

      Answered on 6/29/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Frank, high humidity can interfere with a good glue bond. About all the advice I can offer you is to pick the time of day when it's least humid and give it a try. If it holds, when you get to port where you can get in some more controlled conditions you can always re do the job, to be sure. One possibility, if you have toluene in your repair kit, is to apply three thin coats to the boat and patch, and let everything thoroughly dry. Then, wipe the surfaces with the toluene to reactivate the tack and put the patch on right away. This might avoid the humidity problem. Another possibility for a patch is using Tear-Aid Type A, Item # 1980, it really stick well. I would replace it with a Hypalon patch when you could get in those controlled conditions. Good luck!

      Answered on 6/28/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi Frank,
      I don't see any problem using the glue in high temperatures, other than less
      working time because of the heat causing it to dry quickly. I don't know
      if humidity would affect the glue. I am sure that you need to have the area
      clean and dry that you're gluing.
      Infinite Blessings,
      Gary Lee Belhumeur
      Lyoness Independent Business Representative / Premium Team Member /
      http://www.lyoness.net/eu/

      Answered on 6/29/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I can only address a hypalon repair in the rain. The solution was to make a tarp, small fire and dry the air out as much as possible. Hi temperature would not affect the glue. The repair also needs to set for a few hours. In my case because I was not positive the repair would take in this emergency situation duct tape was applied over the repair. However, after removing the duct tape the repair was permanent. Hope this helps.

      Answered on 6/28/2013 by ILFR from Portland, OR
  • Clifton Hypalon Adhesive

    Q:

    It says that this will bond rubber to rubber as well. Does that mean I can use it on neoprene. I would love to just buy just one product for both the raft and Sprayskirt.
    Asked on 6/11/2013 by Wondering from knoxville, tn

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I don't know. I used on Hypalon and it worked great?
      Yours,
      Chip Maguire
      Senior Thermal Sales Engineer
      Clayton Industries
      ***.****el.
      <http://www.claytonindustries.com> www.claytonindustries.com

      Answered on 6/12/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Yes, this will bond to neoprene, as well as other synthetic rubber materials.

      Answered on 6/12/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hypalon is a type of rubber, as is neoprene. Though not identical, they are
      pretty similar in composition. I've used this glue to bond rubber pieces
      like D-ring pads, oarlocks, bow light bases, rubber seam strips, and the
      like - which are probably neoprene, or something quite close - to hypalon,
      and even to fiberglass, for that matter.

      Answered on 6/11/2013 by Anonymous
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Good stuff

I used this to replace a couple of valves on an old Avon, and it is fairly easy to work with and seems to have good adhesion. I used the accelerator, which needs...Read complete review

I used this to replace a couple of valves on an old Avon, and it is fairly easy to work with and seems to have good adhesion. I used the accelerator, which needs to be carefully measured because it takes very little, and too much accelerator will weaken the glue. I also thinned the adhesive with a little toluol, as it seemed a little thick in the can. This adhesive seems very similar to Bostic 2-part, which I've used in the past.

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Very viscous and not easy to work with

Everyone says this is the best glue to use with hypalon. I have to say that it was not easy to use. it is very thick and goopy- almost gel like- and hard...Read complete review

Everyone says this is the best glue to use with hypalon. I have to say that it was not easy to use. it is very thick and goopy- almost gel like- and hard to get a good even coat on the material. it was a pain in the ..... Recoat times were very short- like 5 mins compared to the instruction's 30 mins. any more than that and i had to reactivate it with a wipe of MEK.

Also, I have used stabond on my pvc boats with alot of success. it is much easier to work with, flows better, and just overall feels like a better glue. there was a night and day difference between these 2 glues. I wish there was a version of stabond for hypalon.

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5.0

Great product!

By Beemanbuzzin

from Yuba City, CA

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  • Priced Right

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    • Hypalon

    Comments about Clifton Hypalon Adhesive:

    Used to repair a Hypalon Zodiac. Easy to use with easy to follow instructions.

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    4.0

    Spendy but works good

    By GaryK

    from Philipsburg, MT

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          Comments about Clifton Hypalon Adhesive:

          Spendy but works good! Even on D ring patches even without the accelerator

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          5.0

          Good Stuff

          By Bob the boater

          from ezboater

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                Comments about Clifton Hypalon Adhesive:

                Worked great on 9 patches.

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                4.0

                For a novice user, I was impressed!

                By Jack Wild

                from Kingston, ON

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                      Comments about Clifton Hypalon Adhesive:

                      Should offer a smaller container to purchase for acelerator. Not sure what to do with all the remaining acelerator since you use such small amounts.

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                      3.0

                      Clifton Hypalon Adhesive

                      By DinghyPRO

                      from Essex, CT

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                        Comments about Clifton Hypalon Adhesive:

                        Long time, experienced professional doing gluing on inflatables. Clifton works, but not as easy as some others. Been spoiled by Zodiac 7098 by Bostik.

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