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Old 31 May 2008, 21:15   #1
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My engine is not worth repair so I want to put the boat up for the near future (Got to many places $10000 can go before an new engine). My tubes can be removed pretty easy so what is the best way to protect them from drying out etc (hyplon).
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Old 31 May 2008, 22:24   #2
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I would say something like armourall and make sure you keep them out of sunlight and where rats can't eat them.

Hope you get a new engine soon!!!
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DO NOT USE ARMORALL ON HYPALON (OR PVC) !!!

Armorall contains silicone which degrades hypalon tubes.

Use something appropriate for hypalon such as 303 Aerospace Protectant.
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DO NOT USE ARMORALL ON HYPALON (OR PVC) !!!

Armorall contains silicone which degrades hypalon tubes.

Use something appropriate for hypalon such as 303 Aerospace Protectant.
Sorry you must be wrong coz Codders said it was OK.
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Old 01 June 2008, 10:14   #6
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DO NOT USE ARMORALL ON HYPALON (OR PVC) !!!

Armorall contains silicone which degrades hypalon tubes.

Use something appropriate for hypalon such as 303 Aerospace Protectant.


Silicone oil seems fine for Hypalon

http://www.robinsonrubber.com/pdfs/HypalonRubber.pdf

In fact silicone is used extensively in the rubber and plastic moulding business as a mould release agent.

I have used both Armourall and 303 - there seems to be no difference to me except price.

I have a very old inflatable dinghy(circa1970) which is made from hypalon and doesn't seem to have suffered from having armourall sprayed all over it!!!

I bought a gallon of 303 at a silly price - yes it makes the RIB look nice but you have to apply it at least once a month - usually more often. I am going to use the floor sealer next!!!

I suspect 303 are great at putting out scare stories to make their product "essential".................
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I use 303, it looks nice and shiny, but makes the tubes as slippery as billiow.
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Possibly not the best choice if you need to step on the tubes to go forward of the console!

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I believed the issue with using Silicone based products on tubes was that it would be hard to glue anything down to them afterwards - ie a patch.

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Yes it is but I am certain NOTHING will stick to a tube when 303 has been applied either - a quick wipe with toluene will remove anything!!!

The stuff like 303 does not last long - a month if you are lucky.
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