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Old 11 August 2014, 14:12   #1
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Frayed Tubes

Earlier this year I bought a 2006 Ribcraft 585 and I am very pleased with her performance. She needs some TLC on the cosmetic front I feel so, for instance, I have taken off the wing backed seats and found there was green muck wedged between them. Anyway, to the problem, there is some fraying of the edges of the tube where there is higher wear/traffic from mooring lines etc. e.g. on the Ribcraft logo and around the straps on the side and sides on the tube. I can carefully remove these but what's the best way of stopping their return? Having done this I will then move on to the task of trying to restore the colour as best I can. Thanks for any advice.
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Are you talking about the edges of fabric pieces throwing threads of reinforcing weave?

Pretty common; you can burn them off or cut them off; eventually it will stop happening. Only thing I can think of to completely prevent it is to seal all the fabric edges with some sort of glue or sealant or something. I personally never worried about it.

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Are you talking about the edges of fabric pieces throwing threads of reinforcing weave?

Pretty common; you can burn them off or cut them off; eventually it will stop happening. Only thing I can think of to completely prevent it is to seal all the fabric edges with some sort of glue or sealant or something. I personally never worried about it.

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Thanks - burning sounds like another careful operation would be required! What would I use to do this - I am thinking a small soldering iron perhaps.
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Rather than. 'Burn', try singe. ;-) Go steady with a hot air gun. Obviously? Take great care not to damage the surface of the hypalon.
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I use a lighter traveling quick over the area so not to scorch the tubes


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I use a lighter traveling quick over the area so not to scorch the tubes
Sounds scary! Thanks for the replies.
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I use a lighter traveling quick over the area so not to scorch the tubes
That's what I did before I decided it wasn't really worth the trouble.

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I am thinking a small soldering iron.
Works a treat
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