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Old 04 March 2013, 00:57   #1
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Seam loose

Have an overlap seam coming loose on my xs550.
After cleaning and prepping, is it best to deflate the tubes to try and get a clamp or similar pressure while the adhesive sets?
Or am I ok just gluing, pressing the seam back and letting it dry?

Worried that the water pressure, at speed stretched it out a bit and it won't sit back tight
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Old 04 March 2013, 03:39   #2
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Fix with the tubes inflated, any slight stretch in the fabric can be worked in using a small roller.
Preparation is the key to success with this kind of repair, make sure all old glue has been removed
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Agree with Dave, with an added step of, after gluing, deflating the tube, and rolling the hell out of the seam to firm up the bond.

Unrelated (I think): I've been having problems with the tube-to-hull sealing strip coming loose; was thinking of fairing a bead of caulk to soften the edge and prevent the water pressure from peeling the glue joint. As usual, been thinking about this for some time, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

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Thanks both,
will get on it later today.
Got to go find some adhesive first! (not sure wha the local guys have, so may have to order online )

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Bostik 2402 on it's way and shipped out same day by Clavey paddlesports of California. (thanks Engarom for the tip ! )Should be here tomorrow,
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I thought the XS ribs did not have Hypalon tubes & if so you want a different glue!
I think you have Decitext Polyurethane
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I thought the XS ribs did not have Hypalon tubes & if so you want a different glue!
I think you have Decitext Polyurethane
+1 for that - it is my understanding that XS used polyurethane fabric but do offer a hypalon option.

You need to check this out as it makes a big difference
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nick,
It does have polyurethane tubes.
I had emailed Laurence at xs ribs (who supplied the boat ) who stated that glue.
You have me worried now !!!

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I had the same issue with seams on my boat, where the cones meet the tubes, noticed on my mates new Humber that they have triangular reinforcing pieces laid on top of these areas and got a local tube repair guy to do this to my boat. Very pleased with the result. Mine had stretched so much a small section had to be cut out!
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I had the same issue with seams on my boat, where the cones meet the tubes, noticed on my mates new Humber that they have triangular reinforcing pieces laid on top of these areas and got a local tube repair guy to do this to my boat. Very pleased with the result. Mine had stretched so much a small section had to be cut out!
I think they call it a pear drop? Did it on my tornado and is well worth doing,that seam gets battered!
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