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Old 24 June 2015, 17:27   #11
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Yep even our hairdresser's trade outlet wanted silly money and most of their stock had pink or lilac dye added. So went on Ebay and bought 5l of pure for about 15 inc delivery.

Now the excess glue can start to be removed from the sound old patches asap and I'll get on with the new patches as stage 2.
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Old 25 June 2015, 12:06   #12
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Acetone and scotch pads here now. Do you have to wash off the acetone with squeezy and water after using it to clean glue excess off... or can it just evap off and be left?
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It will evaporate. Probably quicker than you'd like.

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Old 25 June 2015, 19:30   #14
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>>> It will evaporate. Probably quicker than you'd like.


Ahh I see what you mean... it only stays as a fluid just long enough to clean and then it's gone.

Well the first job started to tidy this SIB... tidying up the shoddily applied davit ring glue residue. Used Dunelm white "non-scratch" scourer pads and Tesco dishcloths with the acetone and it made a nice job of removing the messy glue where I pulled the dodgy patch away.

Material samples arrived from Ribstore and now know the Aerotec is medium grey in their range... just about to order the repair kit to do/redo a few small patches.
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Continuing snippets in the Aerotec tidy, warts and all...

Next small job was to clean the air floor panels. They were nearly as grey as the tubes with ground in sandy brown patches. Jiff and squeezy didn't help a great deal but a cautious go with acetone gave a great result. I don't have a before pic sadly but trust me they've gone from ghastly to acceptable.

One odd thing (see closeup) is that the floor panel bridging PVC seems to be a replacement. The glue is a little untidy and the way the material is edged looks different to others I've seen. But it's strongly attached so I'll not worry about it.
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I've just spotted this thread guys. So far so very impressive. Word of warning - having had a big chat with my local SIB/liferaft service guy (a man I have the utmost respect for) I will repeat his warning to me:

"Keep MEK the hell way from glued cheap PVC SIBs*"

He was VERY reluctant to let me have some to prep a patch on the Quicksilver. According to him, if a glued seam gets so much as a wipe of MEK, the damage is done and sooner rather than later, it's Sayonara seam time.

*Quicksilver were described as cheap Chinese crap, so go figure. He says they all come out of the same factories....
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Looks like a great project.

Have you seen this thread?
Introducing The Smaller Nashers 380 Aerotec

We went through a similar refurbishment on a 380 a few years ago.

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Nasher... yes I've read that (inspirational) thread a couple of times. Being a plain Jane grey I don't think mine will ever look as good as your finished job but sound and useable is all I'm aiming at.

Wilk... Max mentioned in a PM that acetone was less harsh than MEK which is why I went for acetone. Even so I've been very careful not to let it soak as a runny liquid into any seams... just a wipe over with a barely soaked rag in areas where I'm trying to clean up some excess glue.
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Oh well no excuses not to get on with the small repairs.

Fantastic friendly & helpful advice from RibStore plus quick delivery so I have the glue and material now. Weather in eastern England over the next few days looks as good as you could hope for in the UK for glued repairs and then it's only 10days to sibbing hols so got to get on with it.

If anyone has links to what they'd consider the very best guide to patching PVC inflatables be pleased to have a look.
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