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Old 17 July 2012, 18:11   #1
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Armorall on an Avon

I'm looking at a used Avon Typhoon S4.00 that looks to be in excellent condition, no patches and holds air well. Black tubes with red trim.

I found out from the current owner that a few years ago he put Armorall on the boat. I know this stuff can really screw up an inflatable but if it's been a few years would it wear off enough to not be an issue with patching or seam deterioration? All looks to be glued down tight right now.

This is a great looking boat that I hate to pass up, but I wanted some opinions from some of the repair specialists here. Thanks in advance for your input.

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Old 18 July 2012, 00:02   #2
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Armor all is rumored to dry out vinyl; I doubt that any short term effect would happen on material as thick as boats. And even that depends on if it affects PVC or hypalon in the same way.

I do know that Armor All'd tubes are slicker than snot.

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Old 18 July 2012, 21:43   #3
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In all likelihood the Avon is hypalon and should be much less affected by the silicone in armorall than PVC would be. If the price is right, I'd say go for it.
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In all likelihood the Avon is hypalon and should be much less affected by the silicone in armorall than PVC would be. If the price is right, I'd say go for it.
About 25 years ago the company I worked for bought a shipment of silicone spray cans
,everyone was using the stuff ,, if it moved it got siliconed ,, lol
,at least once a month if not more often I used to polish up my Humber inflatable ( hypalon )
the few times I ever needed to put a patch on it I never had any difficulty in adhesion as long as it was well sanded back and wiped over with acetone before hand .
Biggest danger for me from silicone was when I fell over the side of a company boat at speed due to the fact someone had innocently polished up the grab rails of the boat with the stuff and me wearing dry wet suit gloves on .
Lucky I was also wearing a lifejacket as I was totally winded and just about had my left shoulder discolated
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