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Old 26 March 2008, 11:52   #11
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We have a guy in Alameda who does work on tubes; I don't think he builds new sets, but he does a lot of repairs. His Internet presence leaves a lot to be desired.

http://www.salsinflatableservices.com/

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Old 26 March 2008, 16:33   #12
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Interesting and realistic info. I would be interested in what you had to do and spend on the tubes. I am in the process of repairing mine and have probably spent $500 so far. Plus about 150 hours of work but they are nearly done.
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The project I did is posted on here, just search under my username.

Materials including Tuff-Coat- $1,000
I paid somebody to spray the tubes with Tuff Coat- $1,000
100 hours of time put into repairing the boat

All in including engine repairs, replacement of safety gear, repairing trailer, etc. $8,000 approximately. The RIB looks brand new now and it very seaworthy. Engines have less than 300 hours on them.
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Old 26 March 2008, 16:45   #13
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The project I did is posted on here, just search under my username.

Materials including Tuff-Coat- $1,000
I paid somebody to spray the tubes with Tuff Coat- $1,000
100 hours of time put into repairing the boat

All in including engine repairs, replacement of safety gear, repairing trailer, etc. $8,000 approximately. The RIB looks brand new now and it very seaworthy. Engines have less than 300 hours on them.
I also used Tuff Coat but only did the upper panel of the tubes as they were threadbare due to divers sitting on them and I rollered the stuff on. I am amazed that you spent $1000 on Tuff coat. I spent $80.00 for one kit that did 25/% of a 7 m. boat. Where did you buy it from. On reflection paying someone $1000 to spray them may have been a good idea for me. Including engine repair I probably got $2000 into it on top of the $10,000 I purchased it for. Enjoy your new boat, mine will be launched next week.
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Old 26 March 2008, 16:59   #14
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How does the Tuff Coat look after some time and useage? I've never used the stuff but have considered it many times and would appreciate hearing any experiences users might have had...also, any recommendations on what type of spray system to use (HVLP?), tip used and degree of thinning that works best. thanks in advance....
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Old 26 March 2008, 22:24   #15
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How does the Tuff Coat look after some time and useage? I've never used the stuff but have considered it many times and would appreciate hearing any experiences users might have had...also, any recommendations on what type of spray system to use (HVLP?), tip used and degree of thinning that works best. thanks in advance....
Hi Brian
I would not call myself an experienced user, but here goes. The stuff seems to do what is advertised, It is certainly very Tough, particularly the undercoat which is gray. I suspect the top coat will scratch if hit hard by something sharp, but is very easy to touch up. No , it will not look like new as the texture is different to hypalon. I do not see how sprayed application would work if there are threadbare areas or frayed seam edges. I brush painted the edges with a 1/2inch brush ( thinned) and then rollered. I had to put on up to 3 coats of undercoat and sand in between on the bad spots. then two coats of thinned top coat. Needless to say the prep. is the time consuming part. Ideally everything needs to be done indoors. Another huge factor is that if you have multi colored tubes ( mine are red and black) you will spend a huge amount of time masking off as it has to be done for each coat. However it does do what it says. I had areas up to 2 sq.. ft. that were threadbare and leaked badly, but the first undercoat sealed them in 24 hours. If you have any other questions give me a call.
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Old 27 March 2008, 18:52   #16
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Your right, I only spent $500 on Tuffcoat. I got 4 full kits for $446 plus one additional top coat kit for $50.
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Old 27 March 2008, 18:55   #17
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thanks for the info on Tuff Coat...does anyone have any idea how it looks after a few seasons in the water?
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Old 27 March 2008, 22:59   #19
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thanks for the info on Tuff Coat...does anyone have any idea how it looks after a few seasons in the water?
Dunno, I started mine in May of last year then had to take a break due to med. problems. it sat outside for six months in the AZ sun. No problems.
I will post some pics of the finished job in the next few days. Even if it does crap out after a few years, you can refresh the top coat for under $50.00 and about a days work. Better than spending 12 grand on new ones when I only paid 10 grand for the whole rig.
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Old 28 March 2008, 01:11   #20
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Just thought I would add this as a comment, I don't think I have ever seen anyone in the U.S.A. who does repair work on rib sponsons post on this forum? Now maybe they don't know about Ribnet but it seems with the internet age they surely would have located it by now?? Seems curious to me, personally I am fairly persistent and resourceful as most people on this forum and was able to figure out where to go to or how to repair my boat but it seems there could be quite a bit of money made for the right person who threw out their business card on this forum... What do ya think?
I guess i am the person your looking for my name is joe i have 10 years experience repairing inflatables. this is my first time on rib net.
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