I attempted to patch a leak on my air mattress using pieces of an old mattress and super glue. It didn't hold still leaking air but in my effort to fix leak I probably got 3 separate patches and an entire tube of super glue on there. How do I get the non working patch off so it can be fixed I can't just keep trying to add another patch or can i

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because patching an air mattress has nothing to do with bicycles. Try asking on outdoors.se.
    – mattnz
    Commented Mar 31, 2020 at 6:36
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    Feel free to read other patch related questions. The general consensus is that super glue doesn't work, but since air mattresses don't have rubber surface I wouldn't expect bike tube patches to work either.
    – ojs
    Commented Mar 31, 2020 at 9:19
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    First you need to identify what your mattress is made from. It is unlikely to be made of butyl rubber like a bicycle tyre, so I'm going to migrate this to the Outdoors SE site.
    – Criggie
    Commented Mar 31, 2020 at 11:35
  • Sorry but using superglue is totally wrong. Superglue cures "hard" and is inflexible. You need a glue that is flexible.
    – MaxW
    Commented Mar 31, 2020 at 20:18
  • I have actually successfully repaired a "rubber" (but not inner tube rubber) bellows using a piece of inner tube and superglue (a pre-glued patch had some success, but patch cement was useless). This only worked because it only had to hold very little pressure, and didn't stretch appreciably during use
    – Chris H
    Commented Apr 1, 2020 at 6:54

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Superglue is depolymerised by acetone. That means (most) nail polish remover will take it off. Whether you air mattress can handle acetone is another matter. Some plastics can, others can't. I suggest you find an area where damage won't be too much of a problem and experiment (perhaps there's a flap over the valve, or an edge of a seam). The cotton flocked materials will need longer testing as it's the underlying airtight fabric that you need to test. A few minutes soaking should do the trick, but for a big patch you may need to gently peel the patch every few minutes to let the acetone get underneath. As the acetone evaporates it will give you something close to superglue again, so dispose promptly and carefully, and avoiding breathing the fumes.

Alternatively, superglue doesn't stand up well to very hot water. If you can arrange things so that you can get it immersed in gently simmering water, the patch should come off in a few minutes. Again, this may not be suitable for the fabric, and testing may be harder.

Note that testing on a spare patch isn't completely without risk: they're not necessarily the same material.

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