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Old 04 May 2005, 05:37   #1
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Can I get these off?

Is there any way I can remove these rowlocks from my tubes with a minimum amount of damage. (pic attached). I posted last year about my DIY console, a project which went on hold for quite a while. I've restarted and here it is. I've sanded the whole thing and am about to put on the layer of tissue before final coat. DaveP
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Old 04 May 2005, 06:19   #2
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I'm going to presume they're on your Avon. Get a hot air gun and warm a corner. Try to lift it a wee bit with something like a BLUNT screwdriver until you have enough lifted to get a firm hold with a pair of Mole grips. Continue heating and pulling. Take care to heat it just enough to soften the adhesive. You will be left with a horrible mark on the tube. An alternative is to grind it away with an angle grinder or a wee belt sander.

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An alternative is to grind it away with an angle grinder
I bet you even clean your teeth with an angle grinder!

Dave, whatever method you use, you can always add a wear patch to cover any unsightly remains of the adhesive (or repair the hole you made with the angle grinder!)

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Thanks JW. I'm worried about attacking my tubes with something so hot, but I'll try using it on some repair hypalon first & see if I can judge it enough not to melt anything!
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I bet you even clean your teeth with an angle grinder!

Wot teeth...

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JW. A hot air gun and some coaxing and they're off. About 30 mins work! Can someone advise me on where to get grey hypalon to make the wear patches. Thanks again DaveP.
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You could try one of the tube refit guys that post on here, they should be able to help you
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phone me on 07815144269 with sizes of patches and i should be able to help regards paul
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Thanks Paul, I will measure up this evening and call you tomorrow.
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Thanks Paul, I will measure up this evening and call you tomorrow.
You can get hypalon, adhesives and anything else for ribs at www.ibs-boats.com. They'll also send you a catalogue. A bit dear but reliable.

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