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Old 30 August 2012, 08:39   #1
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Don't know the difference..... yet.

OK, this is probably a numb nuts question:
How can I tell the difference between Hypalon, PVC and any other assorted materials that make up my tubes?

Mine is a Base Marine RIB with white tubes and blue and grey trim, there is no indication of what it is made of and cannot find any kind of link to the maker (I believe it might be SeaPro but have not tried yet to get in touch).
I just need to know so that I can stock up on a suitable repair kit, nothings happened yet but.....................

Any help gratefully recieved
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How can I tell the difference between Hypalon, PVC and any other assorted materials that make up my tubes?
Cost! Hypalon is more expensive. If it was Hypalon they would be quick to tell you in the sales blurb.
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Sorry, should have mentioned it was second hand with no spec. (in extremely good condituion though). So, had no main dealer hassle. Should have asked the place I bought it off (18 months ago) but was too excited about having some fun in my new toy.
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Try picking at it with a fingernail. Hypalon has a distinct rubbery quality to it, while PVC is a more "plasticky" feel.

Check out other boats in your area and talk to the owners to get their fabric type and compare it to yours. Not too hard to tell them apart (usually) once you know the qualities you're looking for (which are also fairly hard to describe in words.)

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OK, this is probably a numb nuts question:
How can I tell the difference between Hypalon, PVC .......
We have a basic guide here
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Old 31 August 2012, 03:23   #6
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We have a basic guide here
Marvelous, thanks for the link it helped a lot, it's definitely PVC.

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