Finally registered for the forum and am using the new app. I've used the forum quite a few times in the past and decided to join because I am finally embarking on my sib restoration/repair and will probably need to ask questions along the way. I have used a similar forum to help me restore my old Landcruiser ('78 fj40 daily driver) and that forum was and I continues to be an invaluable asset to ownership. I look forward to the same with rib net and my zodiac.
I own what I euphemistically like to refer to as a 'classic'. It is an older hypalon zodiac f470. I've had it for two years and it has taken me some time to gather the necessary replacement handles and other assorted items. I've gone for broke and am replacing the transom. I'm going to have one made from coosa so I'll be sure to post dome photos of that when it arrives. I still need to gather a few bits for the project. I spoke with a guy named Alan at Chas Marine last summer when I was then planning to finish but my land cruiser broke down and I had to put it off. I plan to contact them again soon.
My biggest problem is the temp/humidity ratio here. When the weather is warm enough, the humidity is too high. I lost one batch of glue on the shelf waiting for the perfect day. I decided to create my own humidity this year and have created a tent in my garage made of PVC and plastic covering the floor, sides, and roof. Inside the tent I put two dropcloths with a paper top and plastic bottom for extra moisture protection. I used two four pound buckets of a product called dry-rid and an additional smaller container of the same that also contains activated charcoal. Currently the outside humidity is 72% but inside the tent it is about 58%, so I think it will work.
A few questions:
I have some Clifton glue that is fresh and some sta-bond glue that indicates it expired last month. Both cans have been stored in the house. Part of the project is to put new PVC handles on the hypalon boat. Do you think the sta-bond will be fine? Would the Clifton do the job just as well?
Thanks in advance.