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Old 07 August 2017, 04:45   #1
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Faded Tubes - insurance claim?

Looking for a view on this. I have an Avon 560 which is dark blue of course. Tubes were excellent and shiny until I moved the rib to south of France a couple of years ago.
Unfortunately whilst in storage the cover blew off and has been subject to direct sun. Tubes now look terrible very faded unevenly- I've tried all the cleaners, revivers etc mentioned on here and haven't helped at all.
Thinking of selling as it is ( has a super Yamaha 80 four stroke) but crosses my mind I might be able to make an insurance claim.
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They're going to call it "owner neglect" and say no.

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser with some soap. It'll sand a layer of material off and it should help even it out.
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I would ask your insurance company rather than here, all they can say is no. I do suspect they will say no but it is best if you ask.

Have you tried toluene?
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I would ask your insurance company rather than here, all they can say is no. I do suspect they will say no but it is best if you ask.

Have you tried toluene?


No what is it? The damage is pretty bad although tube integrity is fine. Is there any way of re- colouring them?Click image for larger version

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Try toluene, that is proper hypalon thinners. Use it on somewhere underneath first and do not scrub it in, put it on a good lint free cloth and wipe. Colour will come off your tubes so don't be alarmed. If that helps then you can use normal hypalon cleaner and a white 3m scouring pad and elbow grease if you need to without much problem. Ribshop will have all the stuff


After toluene you will HAVE to put a sealer on again.
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As I understand it, to make a successful claim, and "event" has to happen.
I don't think "me cover blew of" qualifies-do you?
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Try toluene, that is proper hypalon thinners. Use it on somewhere underneath first and do not scrub it in, put it on a good lint free cloth and wipe. Colour will come off your tubes so don't be alarmed. If that helps then you can use normal hypalon cleaner and a white 3m scouring pad and elbow grease if you need to without much problem. Ribshop will have all the stuff


After toluene you will HAVE to put a sealer on again.


Thanks for that. What would you seal with 303?
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Brian. You may be right I'll be calling them shortly. Haven't got the details with me. But I have to say I have seen some pretty spurious claims that have been met in full. Friend Jin in south of France recently wiped the bottom of his boat off on a clearly marked wreck, whatcha was also clearly visible above water too , and they paid several thousand out so you never know!
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I would call ribstore and just buy white 3m pads, toluene and hypatec, it worked well on my old Avon adventure.

Before doing it I would ask your insurance though.
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Ok. I'll speak with the insurance co and then Ribstore. Thanks for your help
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