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Old 12 August 2012, 16:07   #1
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faded toobs!

Hi guy's & girl's

I have badly faded toobs on my Ribcraft before replacing them i thought i would just ask to see if anybody could offer any advice about painting hypalon toobs, currently they are blue & have white faded patches.

does anybody have any experience of painting them?

has anybody any advice on what products are on the market?
how often do you need to apply, & costs

I need to deflate the toobs regular to have it lifted onto its trailer so i need something that does not crack.

any advice would be welcome

thanks
John
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Old 12 August 2012, 16:12   #2
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What have you tried on them so far?

If you post a pic it will help members assist you.

Quite faded tubes can be restored with very impressive results, provided they are not worn down to the fabric/damaged.

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Old 12 August 2012, 16:25   #3
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hi wilk

I have tried Ribcraft hypalon solvent cleaner to give the toobs a really good clean then applied there restorer which gave exellent results & looked brilliant, but wait for it'
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see bottom of page called Ribcraft hypalon colour restorer

then left the boat in the water overnight & by the morning one of the ropes have scuffed the back tube really badly.

it seems to me after applying the colour restorer it leaves a gloss look but after 2-3 weeks it completely wears off only to be left with what i started with

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On my blue pvc tubes as i preped them for patches with MEK i noticed that the white paper towels were turning blue as a thin outer most layer of oxidized material was being removed. The result was a surface that was restored to is original color. Maybe you could try with the recomended solvent patch prep for your material.
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hi guy's

pictures of toobs attached
sorry did not have them when i originally posted yesterday
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hi gain
right this is another rib firstly applied Ribcraft tube colour restorer then after a few days & general scuff's this is what happens (pics attached) after a bit of usuage

any thought's

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PS slightly different colour toobs for you very eagle eyed of you this is my 6.4 Ribcraft
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I would try soaking a clean paper towel with MEK and do a quick wipe of the faded surface. The towel should turn blue as it removes the oxidized material. You will go thru many paper towels and MEK but it should work. Do not soak

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any glue joints as it may disolove some of the glue at the margines. However, it should not reduce the joint strength as long as you dont soak it. Work in a well ventilated area and wear gloved and an organic resporator and glasses. The pic you can see where i masked off for my transom mount to tube joint. The dark blue area was wiped with MEK. The faded area was covered with tape and did not get wiped.
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