Originally Posted by babbot1
I recently purchased a 2003 13' AB rib. The po bottom painted it for salt water which is fine but how do I prep the hypalon? The old paint is cracked and looks terrible. I will be docked in fresh water so bottom paint is unnecessary but I want to clean it up. I don't care what it looks like, won't see it, but don't want to ruin the hypalon.
Should I just block sand a little to scuff it up and paint over it with proper paint? Am I over analyzing??
btw, anyone know how to setup signatures so I don't have to type out my boat every time?
If the paint cracked, then the wrong paint was probably used. You might remove the bottom paint and find that the hypalon is damaged underneath it.
I recommend Pettit Hydrocoat SR or Pettit Inflatable Antifouling on inflatable boats. It's water based, so it is environmentally friendly. It is also very flexible, can EASILY be removed with solvent, and does not interfere with patchwork.