I have a solar swimming pool cover that is perfectly in good
condition. looks brand new. The problem is I have the seams coming
apart .. I have tried epoxy glue to no avail.. It did not work. Is
there something or some way that I can weld this vinyl material at the
seams to make it not come apart?? any help would be appreciated.
There are "glues" that work just find witn vinyl, thank you. If there are
stitches on the seam you might have to re-do them (the thread might have
One source of the vinyl "glue" is a water bed store. That might run into a
little money (I paid about $5 for a few square inches of patch and a 1/4 oz
tube of cement.) I understand that places that sell supplies for pools
often have vinyl patching stuff.
If I were 100% certain that the same glue used to cement a rigid couping to
a rigid pipe would also work on very flexible vinyl would do the trick, I
would have just gone down to the basement.
But I am not 100% certain.
They're both PVC. PVC by itself or with fillers (makes pipe cheaper and UV
resistant) is rigid. PVC with a bit of plasticizer (merely a solvent that
doesn't evaporate) makes it flexible; that's all "vinyl" is. That's why
"vinyl" gets hard and brittle; the plasticizer migrates out and evaporates,
like my old Buick in the 1970s, although they tend to be better-performing
compounds these days. The smell and bitter taste of a garden hose is the
(typically cheap) plasticizer doing this migration. Cf the baby-bottle-
nipple controversy. Also a major component of the "new car smell", and of
vinyl reconditioners like Armor-All.
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