As some may remember I had some tube problems a few months back with seams splitting around the rear of the cones. Humber kindly supplied some repair fabric but due to it being winter, and not having anywhere to do the work inside, it has been too cold to do the work. On top of that the glue ordered back in June has only just turned up this week anyway ... rather a long lead time to get such things to this part of the world!
I now also have some tube restorer and tube conditioner to bring the tubes back to a reasonable appearance - I don't think they have ever really been touched since the boat was new, and they are very faded and messy - I didn't realise just how "orange" they should have been till I was sanding a bit off to put a patch on.
It is still too cold to do the repairs, but I could do the tube cleaning now, however would it be better to leave that till after the repairs are completed? I am wondering if the tube cleaner and restorer would/could cause bonding problems for the Hypalon glue - apart from the actual repair around the seam, I also have triangular wear patches to go on the rear lower portion of the tubes, and obviously with them being right at the waterline when cruising, they need to be well stuck on.... I have the Polymarine two part adhesive, and the proper hypalon cleaning solvent from the same supplier, but I don't know whether this would take off the tube conditioner stuff?
Opinions please - I think the answer is most likely to be "leave the cleaning until after the repairs are done" but would just like some input from others. The hard work will be in the cleaning rather than putting on the tube conditioner, so perhaps I could do half the job now and leave applying the tube conditioner till after the repairs are complete?
The reason I want to do the cleaning now if possible is that by the time it is warm enough to do the repairs, its also going to be warm enough to be out ribbing and I'd rather not have to waste time on cleaning it then
Has anybody repaired freshly-restored tubes (e.g. if you had a puncture) and did you have any problems getting the patch to stick?