Introduction: Bondic How-To - Fix a Leaking Air Mattress
An air mattress can be as pricey as they are comfy and there is nothing more frustrating than a deflating bed while you are sleeping. Luckily with Bondic, you can create an air tight seal on top of any hole in 4 seconds flat. Check out this Instructable for how you do it!
Bondic® is the World's First pocket 3D liquid plastic welder that allows you to fix, fill, mold, and even build almost anything. It will only solidify when you cure it with the included UV LED light, so you control the drying time. Once the UV light hits, it only takes 4 seconds to harden with no pressure needed and it will not stick to your skin. Keep in mind that Bondic® is NOT A GLUE and should not be used like one. It literally is a welding tool that uses a unique formula to build new plastic around two objects instead of “gluing” two flat surfaces together. Think of Bondic® closer to that of a 3D printer, creating new material where it has been lost. Additionally, for Bondic® to stick onto surfaces, it needs to be rough to allow the Bondic® fluid to seep into the pores of said objects and literally “grab” onto them when cured. We always like to think of Bondic® as like gripping something with your hands. If you are trying to grab onto a smooth surface it will be really difficult to do so. But if the surface is rough, you can get a much better grip.
Step 1: Locate the Hole
This can be a bit tricky, there are a few methods you can use but for ease we have outlined the dish soap method as shown on Wikihow.com:
- Add a little liquid dish soap to a spray bottle of warm water.
- Spray or wipe around the valve first.
- Spray the surface of the systematically.
- Mark the leak with a permanent marker once you locate it.
- Dry the mattress in direct sunlight or in the wind for an hour or two.
Step 2: Apply Bondic
Once you have found the hole it is as simple as adding a small drop of Bondic overtop of it.
Once you have the fluid in the right spot, shine the UV light and count to 4. Keep applying Bondic in small layers, roughly 0.5mm at a time. Bondic will always cure to itself, the bond is so cohesive that every layer you make will fuse into one solid piece, just make sure you are not curing more than the recommended amount above at a time because the light will not be able to penetrate through.
One trick to use to make sure it is fully cured is to simply tap the end of the light against the drop you are shining the light on, if the light does not stick then it is 100% hard plastic now. You can add a few more layers to cover more surface area to make sure you have sufficiently covered the hole.
Step 3: The Pressure Test
Now that you have finished applying Bondic, add some pressure with your hands to make sure the air mattress is sleep ready!