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Old 06 July 2019, 10:16   #1
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Inflatable tender repairs

I need some pointers, I have an old Avon Redcrest inflatable tender, Havent used it for years but just put it up and given it a good clean. It's leaking around both valves. So a couple questions;
- what's the recommended glue for repair
- is there a technique to remove existing patch (with valve), clean and re-fit

There are a few areas where the rubbing strip and patches have lifted in corners so presumably answers to points above can be used to make these local repairs.

Finally, there seems to be various lumps of old adhesive over the boat, is it best to try acetone and scotchbrite pad to remove or is there a better method - the adhesive looks pretty old.

Lastly, there seems to be various globs and stripes of grey paint or grey adhesive everywhere, they don't come off with the scotchbrite, I don't want to go too mad with the elbow grease, any other tips?
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Plenty of advise on here on the subject. That is a great boat you have and easily repairable. Make sure if you take anything off and re-glue that you remove all traces of the old glue. A Dremmel with grinding attachment works very well. Once prepped use the correct glue - two or three coats works best. Then use a seam roller (eBay or Amazon) to work the patch back on.
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Thanks for the replies, very helpful.

One more question, anyone able to tell me if the Avon is a light grey or mid grey for pvc patches?
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One more question, anyone able to tell me if the Avon is a light grey or mid grey for pvc patches?

I have never seen a PVC Avon so almost certainly you need hypalon patches and the hyaplon two part adhesive
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Your Avon is hypalon, not PVC. Avon used at least three shades of grey (light, mid and military). My best advise would be to call a supplier like Henshaws or Ribshop and ask them to confirm which colour it is and order the fabric from them.
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Thanks for all the pointers and clarifications. Cleaners, adhesives and patches ordered.

I've removed one of the valves and cleaned up the old adhesive nicely with the Dremel. Some acetone has removed all the globs of old adhesive a treat.
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