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Old 26 April 2010, 07:54   #1
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Painting Inflatable boats

I have just bought an Avon Adventurer, 2000 model. Unfortunately previous owner used to leave it in the sun and stains, and even fading of the color began to show. I came across some paint for Hypalon...by Polymarine. Anybody used this brand or similar? What was the output? Positive or it flaked or pealed or cracked away?

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Old 26 April 2010, 09:25   #2
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If you search here you'll not find many positive comments about paint on the tubes. It will look good to start - but won't last. I would only paint a boat if the tubes were starting to wear / become porous rather than because it has faded. Other than just cleaning them (search for threads about TFR and thinners) which seems to get surprisingly good results - you could cover some or all of the faded areas with "wear patches". As I recall one of the tube makers (Paul Tilley I think) on here did an amazing "make over" on someone's boat - by adding a "second" skin completely over the top of the old tubes - which was presumably cheaper than building new tubes.
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Old 26 April 2010, 10:17   #3
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Mine had been painted long before I got it......with a brush! (and it shows - there's a pic of it in the "let;s see your best wake shot" thread, and I think a close(ish)- up in a fuel tank / hose thread in the engines section)

It's now at the stage where I cleaned it up & removed the flaky stuff (obviously not had decent surface prep. before application - I can even see dirt stuck to the underside of the flakes!) and now it has a slow deflate. I call it that as it isn't a positive leak I can fi nd wioth soapy water, and as the surface is through to the cloth weave in places, I am going to throw paint at it to get me by for a couple of seasons & then go for a retoob.

IF you go down the paint route, a gloss (sponge as opposed to "furry") roller seems to be the best applicator.
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Old 26 April 2010, 14:06   #4
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Old 27 April 2010, 08:45   #5
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Please refer to my other thread: stained tubes. As I got negative feedback locally regarding spraying rib. So I would like to know whether there is another solution for removing these stains. If anyone requires better photos I will be ready to send them by email. Thanks
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Please refer to my other thread: stained tubes. As I got negative feedback locally regarding spraying rib. So I would like to know whether there is another solution for removing these stains. If anyone requires better photos I will be ready to send them by email. Thanks
Post some to photobucket and link to them?
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Old 27 April 2010, 15:52   #7
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Hope it works

http://s842.photobucket.com/albums/z...otos/AVON/Rib/

Please leave feedback. These are photos of my rib before cleaning... though soem area are clean and one can see spots. Can these be removed?
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That looks like its heavily oxidised. it should respond well to TFR and toluene to remove the oxide, then liberally apply some uv protectorant 3M or 303 tec, has to be better than painting it , if it cleans up OK.
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You could try some tolene it is a solvent and can be bought at any diving shp mthat either makes or repairs wetsuits.
It looks like storage mold.
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Sorry about my ignorance...I am new to ribs/boating. What is TFR and toluene? and were can I buy these and how do I apply? Can this damage the tubes if done wrong?

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