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Old 30 April 2015, 04:52   #1
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Zodiac restoration project

Hi,
this is my first post here. I'm new to the, inflatable boat world. a friend took me out last summer and I got the bug. So as soon as it started to warm up I started looking for a boat of my own.

I just purchased a what i believe to be a 1977 model Zodiac GR MK3. the plate on back says model 3463 and serial number ending M77B. If anyone can confirm I'm interpreting that right that would be great.

The boat has seen better days but I got it cheap. I have been researching different ways to restore the boat and read tons of threads here on this forum. If I missed one that addressed this already, my apologies.

my question is.... thoughts and opinions on re-covering the tubes with a new layer of hypalon? I plan to find and patch any holes in the existing tubes (found two already) and then cover the tube with a new layer of hypalon. Essentially just a huge patch.
This will be cheaper than tuff-coat or like options and provide an extra layer of protection on the original tubes As well as making them look like new.

Has anyone tried this?
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Old 30 April 2015, 09:22   #2
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Hi,
this is my first post here. I'm new to the, inflatable boat world. a friend took me out last summer and I got the bug. So as soon as it started to warm up I started looking for a boat of my own.

I just purchased a what i believe to be a 1977 model Zodiac GR MK3. the plate on back says model 3463 and serial number ending M77B. If anyone can confirm I'm interpreting that right that would be great.

The boat has seen better days but I got it cheap. I have been researching different ways to restore the boat and read tons of threads here on this forum. If I missed one that addressed this already, my apologies.

my question is.... thoughts and opinions on re-covering the tubes with a new layer of hypalon? I plan to find and patch any holes in the existing tubes (found two already) and then cover the tube with a new layer of hypalon. Essentially just a huge patch.
This will be cheaper than tuff-coat or like options and provide an extra layer of protection on the original tubes As well as making them look like new.

Has anyone tried this?
The paints are actually the cheaper solution. Adhesive is about $80 per liter, and hypalon is about $150-$250 per meter. Not to mention the quantity of labor required.

Do you have some pictures of the boat?
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Old 30 April 2015, 16:21   #3
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i can buy adhesive from a local supplier for $90 gallon ($22.50 liter) and i found a good deal on some bulk hypalon. $100 for about 45 sq ft (just over 4 meters)

Tuff-Coat will cost me over $400 after shipping. other paints might be a little cheaper but dont offer any added protection.

I'll get a few pictures posted soon.

Thanks.
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Old 30 April 2015, 17:06   #4
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i can buy adhesive from a local supplier for $90 gallon ($22.50 liter) and i found a good deal on some bulk hypalon. $100 for about 45 sq ft (just over 4 meters)

Tuff-Coat will cost me over $400 after shipping. other paints might be a little cheaper but dont offer any added protection.

I'll get a few pictures posted soon.

Thanks.
What brand and model of adhesive, and what brand & decitex of hypalon?

There is junk adhesive and junk Chinese hypalon out there...
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Old 30 April 2015, 18:15   #5
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i did not get a brand name of the Hypalon, just that it is 35oz. the adhesive is Clifton Hypalon Adhesive, sold by NRS.
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Old 30 April 2015, 18:51   #6
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here is the ID plate. i'm having issues with the other pictures i have. i'll take more tonight.
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maybe easier to read.......
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Here is a couple pics of the boat.

As an alternative to trying to cover the whole tube, I'm thinking maybe just a couple of large patches on the bottom of the tubes where they are more likely to rub more often.
I'm not worried about winning any beauty contests with this boat. I'm just looking to make it river worthy and reliable.
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Old 01 May 2015, 08:11   #9
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Is the white stuff weathered material, or is it ground in dirt / paint?

I would just give the whole boat a good cleaning. A Mr Clean magic eraser with some powerful boat detergent works wonders.

Maybe hit the tough spots with a rag and some toluene.
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That is weathered material. I actually just grabbed a handful of magic erasers yesterday and plan to go to work on it this weekend.

Any tricks of the trade for loosening up old valves. They don't seem to be leaking but I was still going to clean them up and considering flexseal, or toobseal, as an option if I continue to lose air
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