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Old 03 June 2009, 09:31   #1
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Tornado 4.5 tube repairs - Whats the tube made of?

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My first post, so sorry if this has been asked before... I did have a quick search around, but didn't find the answer.

I have an old ish Tornado 4.5m. I need to do a few tube repairs, but I'm not sure which adhesive to buy - is it hypalon or PVC?

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Old 03 June 2009, 09:43   #2
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I think you'll find Tornado tubes are Polyurethene.
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Old 03 June 2009, 09:44   #3
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Unfortunately it could be either, post some photos and see if we can identify the tube material. Tornado did make a lot of ribs with PVC but RN ones I think were specified with Hyperlon. Also it may have been re-tubed in its life.

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if the tubes are original they are most likely to be polyureathane and if the seams are leaking you will repair one leak today only to find it will leak further along the seam in a week or two as the glue breaks down .we refuse to repair any tornado seam leaks and advise customers to retube in hypalon ,preferably with our tubes .
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Thanks for the replies... I will post a few pics as soon as I can. Out of interest, roughly how much is it to re-tube?
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if the tubes are original they are most likely to be polyureathane and if the seams are leaking you will repair one leak today only to find it will leak further along the seam in a week or two as the glue breaks down .we refuse to repair any tornado seam leaks and advise customers to retube in hypalon ,preferably with our tubes .

Exactly what happened with my boat....:
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Have to agree with Paul on this one, if you get it fixed you could be throwing good money after bad, but if you wanted to give it a go yourself before paying out for retubing you can find all the glues and and repair kits on our web site.
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To give a bit more detail, the repair is a patch on the front. When I got the boat, the old owner did a very dodgy repair which did cause the tube to deflate over a period of days. I have now removed that patch, and plan to replace. I will post pictures tomorrow, then maybe one of you guys might be able to identify the material.

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First picture, I will post another one later when I get home.
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They are the original Tornado tubes so you will need PVC fabric and glue.
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