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Old 09 October 2013, 14:02   #1
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Anyone use Tuff-Coat for hypalon tubes

I have a 19' Apex RIB with tubes that are showing significant wear on the top surface. Some from rubbing, some appears to be just UV damage. The coating is worn down to the threads in multiple places. It does not yet leak. I am looking at the various painting options to build up the coating to prevent developing wear leaks. The Tuff-Coat system sounds good, but it's expensive. I'm wondering if anyone here has tried it, and what their result was. Also, any insight about how difficult it is to apply properly would be helpful. Thanks in advance!
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Old 09 October 2013, 14:06   #2
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Can't you put wear patches over the cords that are showing? Painting really is the last resort before a retube.
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I have done that already, but now the wear is so widespread that it isn't feasible. I'd have to glue new fabric over the entire upper surface of the tubes.
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I have done that already, but now the wear is so widespread that it isn't feasible. I'd have to glue new fabric over the entire upper surface of the tubes.
Pictures would help.

But I think you need a retubing.
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I have done that already, but now the wear is so widespread that it isn't feasible. I'd have to glue new fabric over the entire upper surface of the tubes.
Would putting another layer over the top of the tubes be all that expensive? Don't get me wrong I've no experience of doing this but it doesn't sound like a bad idea.
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It's all your tech gear.

Should probably have Sal glue on some wear patches. Better option IMO than the paint stuff.

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This guy pretty much covered the entire top of the tubes at the bow:
Wear patches for 9m Ribtec
Seems feasible.
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Yes, when I bought the Ribtec this about time last year, the bow was by far the worst area as you can see from the photos in that thread quoted above. Having done various searches on here and asked questions, tube paint seemed to be mainly hated and only used as a last ditch resort. Several members had had recover work done successfully to prolong the life of the existing tubes, at a fraction of the cost of a full retube.

Given only the tube tops were worn, by a combination of rope and sun, and they remained inflated fully, it seemed a shame to replace the entire tubes, especially as I wanted to try it for a bit to see how much use I got out of the RIB.

I had the bow professionally recovered a year ago with the same spec/colour fabric as the tubes, and so far it's been brilliant. No issues at all.

And then last month, Rodella Ribs put a series of wear patches on for me, including some large (1.5m x 0.6m) at the stern, to cover the bad areas down the length of the tubes. Those pics are here: Max size for a wear patch? .

I'm very happy with both of these sets of patches - they should give me a few more years use at minimal cost. And if I decide I do want to keep the RIB long term, I'll look at a retube then.

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I'll take it to Sal at Sal's inflatables. He doesn't much like the paint idea either. JKY, the tech gear isn't it. It's everywhere but where my gear sits. :-)
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OK. I blame Larry then.

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