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Old 25 November 2018, 21:04   #1
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To paint or NOT to paint?

Hi guys. I am thinking of buying a new Zodiac pro open 5.5 or 550. It is my understanding that if you paint on the tubes/hypalon, within a year or 2, the paint will start to crack because of the movement of the material. I would like the color difference to only be on a small part of the tubes but definitely do NOT want said problem to occur. Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated. Louie
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Old 25 November 2018, 21:55   #2
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A new to you boat or a new boat? Painting hypalon tubes is generally a last ditch effort or maybe more often for a commercial venture where a ďworkingĒ look is more appropriate . Are they worn or are you just looking to make them a different color?

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Old 26 November 2018, 02:04   #3
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Hi Jason. A new boat. Looking to make a part of the tubes a different color. Going on the assumtion, I probably won't be able to have it done when it is originally manufactured. Louie
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Hi Jason. A new boat. Looking to make a part of the tubes a different color. Going on the assumtion, I probably won't be able to have it done when it is originally manufactured. Louie


Personally I donít think Iíd consider it on new tubes. I havenít used it myself but hear it can start to peel after a couple of years so had seen it as more of a last option or quick fix knowing it may not last long and may then start to look tatty. I am assuming (others will know I am sure) that once painted, the painted part of the tubes wonít be the same again (you probably need to score them to get a good adhesion), so basically once you do it there is no going back and when it gets tatty itís probably a repaint job again to keep it looking ok. Suppose it might also depend on how large the area is you are proposing to paint ..,,
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If its a new build there shouldnt be a problem specifying different colours on sections of tube they will either make the tubes up to your request or overclad with wear type patches
Far better than painting tubes which in my opinion is only usefull to eek out a little extra use from tubes that realy need replaced

Edit I'm thinking of uk bespoke builders maybe not so easy with mass production boats but worth asking
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Any warranty issues likely to arise if you paint?
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To paint or NOT to paint?

Yikes. I assume itís for a commercial endeavor? Otherwise that would be an unusual choice just for vanity. One of the guys on here painted his 7m tubes yellow for a sea tow business. It can be done.

If youíre factory ordering then maybe you can specify. If youíre buying a stock zodiac with gray or black tubes itís up to you. Iíd discuss with the vendor, they might have some experience with paint.

Itís your boat and your choice but I donít think you find many people on here who would agree with it unless there is an underlying reason we are missing.
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Thank you guys. I will be going to the Zodiac factory/headquarters this week. Should get some info. A health issue is holding things up. Again, thanks again to everyone that responded. Louie
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If its a new build there shouldnt be a problem specifying different colours on sections of tube they will either make the tubes up to your request or overclad with wear type patches
Far better than painting tubes which in my opinion is only usefull to eek out a little extra use from tubes that realy need replaced

Edit I'm thinking of uk bespoke builders maybe not so easy with mass production boats but worth asking
X2 That's the way to go
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Factory said colored FABRIC. Louie
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