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Old 11 March 2015, 17:06   #1
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Sliding the tubes back on (what lubricant?)

I have just re-glued the 'rope-bolts' back on to my Zodiac 650 Pro tubes which detached in several places due to age.

My question is - what type of lubricant have people found most effective to help slide the tubes back on to the hull with minimal tugging?

I have previously used dish washing-up liquid (Fairy, Joy, etc) diluted and full strength in copious quantities but these have helped very little both in removing the tubes and previously replacing them.

Has anyone tried smearing the rope bolt with Vaseline or can you recommend another product which works? Any thoughts, ideas and direct experiences appreciated. Thanks.

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Caveat: I've never done it, but I would think you'd want to avoid anything greasy - it would collect dust and dirt, and not sure having oils in contact with the fabric would be all that great long term.

I'd go with soapy water if at all possible.

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Has anyone tried smearing the rope bolt with Vaseline or can you recommend another product which works? Any thoughts, ideas and direct experiences appreciated. Thanks.
Hypalon is pretty resistant to most chemicals, but its going to end up stuck in the "channel" and therefore in permanent contact, so I wouldn't want to use vaseline. Fairy liquid is probably ok - but it is a bit sticky...

There are some lubricants which are, ahem, specially formulated for use with delicate rubbers. I believe they are water soluble too - so should wash off at least as easily as fairy.
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There are some lubricants which are, ahem, specially formulated for use with delicate rubbers. I believe they are water soluble too - so should wash off at least as easily as fairy.
Something like 'KY' I think you are thinking? I did consider that product too and I guess it would also help to keep the tubes from going soft!!

Good point about Vaseline, thanks.

Any other suggestions out there?

(PS. My tubes are PVC)
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Isn't wire pulling lubricant water soluble? For pulling electrical wire through conduit.

Or this should do it. http://www.amazon.com/Passion-Natura.../dp/B005MR3IVO

Make sure to read the reviews. Also make sure you are not eating or drinking when you do read them.

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Something like 'KY' I think you are thinking? I did consider that product too and I guess it would also help to keep the tubes from going soft!!

(PS. My tubes are PVC)
I'd like to see the reaction at the chemists when you ask for a case of KY to "lube my 6.5m tube"!!!!
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I'd like to see the reaction at the chemists when you ask for a case of KY to "lube my 6.5m tube"!!!!
And that you require 5 litres!

You could also try TFR, that stuff is fairly slippy. Plenty hot water and get some people to help. You could even hook up a ratchet strap and haul the tubes on if it plays hardball. Once they're on just rinse the whole lot down.
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Thanks for all the great ideas, guys. I'll look into the wire pulling lube. Hadn't thought of that one! I think I'll give the KY and TFR options the slip.
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tube installation

Your best bet is to use Dishsoap. Once installed it will wash away and not attract dirt, grit, and other crud into the track area. Since it dissolves, don't be afraid to use copious amounts to make the job easier.
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Isn't wire pulling lubricant water soluble? For pulling electrical wire through conduit.

Or this should do it. http://www.amazon.com/Passion-Natura.../dp/B005MR3IVO

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