How to fix an Aerobed leak

I mentioned earlier this week that my six-week-old AeroBed got a tear in one of its seams. See “Review: AeroBed Premier Classic (Queen).” Fortunately, it’s fixed! I’ll tell you how to do it in 48 hours!

Note: The following assumes you found the leak(s). This doesn’t require the repair patch.

  1. Buy Marine Goop. Home Depot didn’t have Marine Goop, but All Purpose seemed to work fine for me. It costs about $3.
  2. Get the cheapest piece of sandpaper. Borrow, if possible, because you won’t use it too long. I just bought a small reusable block. Oh well.
  3. Roughen the area of the tear.
  4. Apply a generous amount of the goop. I’d say 1 cm thick, and ensure the surface area covers a few centimeters wider than the tear.
  5. Let it sit and cure for 48 hours.

Okay, I tricked you — it actually took a minute or two to apply the goop. I’m not sure how long this will hold up, but I’ll let you know. For now, it looks promising! Also, if I have to do this again, I’ve got a lot of goop left, it’s not even funny. 🙂

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan works at Automattic. He's also a cat whisperer. Sometimes…a photographer, and card magician.

2 thoughts on “How to fix an Aerobed leak”

  1. I used the same technique myself even before reading this suggestion. Great minds……
    The leaks that I have come across (2 at different times) were at the seams that must hold the baffles inside the mattress in place. I didn’t us sandpaper, I’ve found that the goop will hold without that step. I did use three separate coats, 24 hours in between. They are great beds. I just wonder if this is a manufacturing flaw?


  2. I too used goop. Not marine goop, just the ordinary goop. And I have to say it works wonderfully. My problem areas are the seams on the top portion of the bed that splits the bed into 10 chambers. It has happened two times where the seams break apart and a hole appears.
    I will say it took the good about two hours for it to dry. Not too shabby…


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