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Old 21 July 2016, 09:18   #1
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Bolt rope reinstallation

The bolt rope on my Zodiac 550 is coming off the flotation collar. I am trying to find specific instructions on how to re-attach the rope to the collar. The collar is only 6 years old and other than this problem, is in perfect condition.
I hope somebody has been through this and can help.
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Old 21 July 2016, 13:25   #2
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Remove the tube from the boat
ark the location where the bolt rope original was with a pen or marker (so it doesn't wash off)
use a heatgun to remove the remaining bolt rope
degrease everything with soap + water
strip the old glue off with chemicals
mark off your location you're gluing with masking tape
prep wipe multiple times with MEK on both surfaces
glue it on with a 2 part glue designed for inflatable boats

There isn't much to it.

Do one side at a time. Make sure you get the "T"-strip to lay flat against the tube. It'll want to curl and develop a void in the middle.
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Old 22 July 2016, 16:00   #3
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Bolt Rope

Thanks for the info. Is there a "glue removal chemical" you would recommend?
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Thanks for the info. Is there a "glue removal chemical" you would recommend?
Thanks again,
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MEK + scotchbrite pad. I'm not a big fan of this, you go through a lot of MEK, and it makes a lot of fumes. There's also a big risk for introducing a cosmetic blemish if you spill or drip MEK outside the area you're working.

I've found that Kleanstrip "Paint & Adhesive Remover" works pretty well. Apply it as a gel with a brush, wait about 5-10 minutes, apply another coat, wait 5-10 minutes, then come back and scrape with a plastic spatula. The old glue comes off as dirty looking goop. Then immediately rinse the area with soap + water to remove the residual chemical. You want to be careful with this stuff...if you leave it on too long, it will damage the material.
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Old 27 July 2016, 13:25   #5
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Thanks again for this info. One last question. What is a good 2 part adhesive to use? And where can I order it online?
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