Does Flex Seal Really Work?


Does Flex Seal really work?Flex Seal is taking a product that has been around for a long time, and marketing it to the public as an all-in-one fix for many problems around the home. If you watch their promo you will no doubt think of things around your own home that need fixing, and would wonder if this does the trick.

Overview
Because things are either too hard for us to fix on our own, or too expensive to have someone else fix for us, they get left undone. This can lead to further problems, especially if something is leaking water and causing water damage. A quick solution to this problem would be great, and so something that sprays on and fixes the problem permanently would be very welcome.

The Claim
Flex Seal is liquid rubber in a can. This means that when you spray it onto a surface, it will make it waterproof, but also remain flexible, like rubber. There are tons of jobs that it can do, from repairing holes in things that are supposed to be waterproof, to cracks and leaks in all sorts of things from tents to gutters.

They say that when you make a repair with Flex Seal that it will last a lifetime. They also say that “it’s like a handyman in a can”. It’s easy to see that something as simple as liquid rubber should last a long time. It’s basically like a durable plastic, which seems like it would stand the test of time and wear and tear.

Most people will probably have a few things around the house in mind that they want to repair with Flex Seal, but to get your creative juices flowing, they say that you can use it to repair cracked planting pots, fountains, air conditioning drip pans, appliances, camping gear, PVC piping, and items in your motor home.

The Gimmicks
In the ad, he sprays some Flex Seal onto a metal colander and it makes it into a watertight bowl. That’s pretty impressive, and provides enough of a push for many people to go ahead and try it.

However, the gimmick that is supposed to push you over the edge is the one where they replaced the bottom of a rowboat with a screen door. They then spray the screen with Flex Seal to make it waterproof, and then put the boat back into the water. Not only that, but the announcer actually gets into the boat and starts rowing!

Check it out for yourself!

The Cost
Flex Seal originally sold for $20 plus shipping and handling if you ordered from their official sales channels. They’ve got the infamous buy one get one free just pay extra shipping “deal” so you end up with two cans of the stuff for $40. If you want a single can you can get one for just under $26 including shipping through Amazon.

The Commitment
Finding things around your home to use Flex Seal on is the only real commitment you have to get your money’s worth. If it works the way it shows on the ad you won’t have to worry about the problem any more, and you’ll have less things weighing on your mind, actually reducing your commitment level and providing more time, and cost savings than if you don’t have it handy.

Evaluation
Liquid sealants have been around for decades now, and the makers of Flex Seal in no way try to claim that they’ve invented the wheel here. They haven’t even re-invented the wheel, as there is nothing revolutionary about spray-able rubber. They’ve done a fine job showcasing and brainstorming the many uses that it can do, and introducing the benefits of liquid rubber to the masses.

The quality of the product itself is excellent, as long as you don’t expect it to be exactly like it’s shown on TV. It does provide a waterproof seal so you can fix things like a leaky gutter. Since it is an eye sore once you spray it onto any surface that isn’t black, it’s been made to be able to cover it up easily with paint, so you can match it to whatever you’ve sprayed it on.

However, there will be problems that can’t be fixed with Flex Seal, so it’s important to maintain reasonable expectations. Apparently, jobs that require a rounded surface or lots of bends with nooks and crannies are not very easily repaired. For example, if you have leaky pipes under your sink, it might not be able to repair them very well, especially if you can’t get the surface dry in order to apply it.

Final Flex Seal Review

They do a good job of pitching their product, and the fact that producing liquid rubber is not rocket science leads us to believe that this is a winner in most cases. It won’t work all the time, but if it only fixes a few big problems that would have cost a lot more to have a professional come out, then it’s worth it in the long run.

Also, once you have it, you’ll probably think of several other jobs that it can do around your home, or if something ever breaks, you’ll immediately think of Flex Seal as the fix.

Our Recommendation
If you have a job that requires a nice fine coat over a flat and even surface, you’ll most likely be well served by buying a can or two of Flex Spray. If you can only think of a few things to do with it, order just one from Amazon, but if you have a big job in mind, or you think you’d like to have a spare bottle in the home or workroom, get two from their main site to save a few bucks.

Official Website: Flex Seal

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Maison January 27, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Flex seal rocks!
I’ve used it a few times now, the ones that spring to mind are fixing a leaking roof in my shed and the most crazy one is i’ve used it on the underside of my car.
I needed some welding work done on the underside of the car and used flex seal to spray over to water proof it. has worked a treat so far!

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Sandra Grove June 3, 2013 at 5:23 pm

We put a new porch roof on last summer. it comes up over the house roof. Put new shingles on it. Had a couple of rains and it leaked somewhere. We checked everything, even had a contractor check it. Can’t seem to find it. Now as of this spring, it has not leaked at all. we closed in the porch, and want to finish the inside. But I am afraid it might leak again. So my husband decided to buy some flex seal to run down the crease on both sides of the porch roof where it was molded into the house roof. Before we use it, I want to know if it really works, and is there a time to do it, or can you put it on when the roof is HOT! Will it break down over the years, can we trust it. Thanks for all your help

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Rhonda July 9, 2013 at 2:31 am

I bought the Flex Seal on a desperate move. My husband was out of town and my washing machine sprung a leak underneath. I leaned the washer back, propped it up on bricks and headed off to purchase the Flex Seal. I let the drip dry, then I took a cloth and dried it again. I sprayed the Flex Seal over the hole and put a fan on it to dry. In two hours it was dry, so time to test it. I filled up the washer and no drip. It has been six months and it still hasn’t started leaking. The Flex Seal works. It really does!

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Mike Doherty July 17, 2013 at 6:08 am

There are a whole bunch of uses for liquid rubber. But you probably should not cut out the bottom of a boat, replace it with a screen door, spray the whole thing with a ton of Flex Seal, and then try rowing it across a lake. That’s what happens in the commercial. Don’t be fooled. But if you want to fix a leak in a hose, or an issue on your roof, Flex Seal works really well. Something like this should be in every homeowner’s tool kit. And if you rent, this is probably already in your super’s tool kit.

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