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Old 07 June 2012, 05:31   #1
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Tube Damage / Scoring

I have managed to damage the tube on my rib probably someone trying to drag dive kit over the side without lifting it properly.

The material (not sure if its Hypalon on this rib or not) is scored down to the fabric weave. See photo.

How can I repair this is as previously the tubes were unmarked and I wouldn't want this damage getting any worse.

Also my last rib had 3mm thing rubber wear patches along the full length of each side starting 100mm above the deck and finishing 200mm above the hull strip on the outside. These were great but tended to make everything that touched them turn black (rubber had decayed a bit in the sun).

I'm thinking of paying someone to fit possibly hypalon wear patches on this rib. Can anyone offer advice on this or where to take it local (ish) to Poole? A small problem is that the rib already has a few orange wear patches on the top of the tubes, but in my opinion they are not big enough and do not extend far enough around the circumference of the tubes.

Many thanks.
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Old 07 June 2012, 05:43   #2
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Hi Diver 1, we will happily give you a quote, just give us a call.

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Old 07 June 2012, 05:47   #3
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Yep - defo call RIBSHOP . Patched my tube when I popped it in Poole - You were hard pressed to even see the patch !

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Old 07 June 2012, 05:48   #4
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It's really easy to fit the patches yourself - just careful preperation, the right weather conditions and proper 2 part glue and a piece of suitable Hypalon (or PVC if so used). Another idea might be to cover it with a pouch for bits and pieces - had these on my Searider and they were really useful.

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Never patched tubes but have used ribshop many times. Good service at a fare price.
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You need to be absolutely sure on what your tubes are made from. It looks like PU to me.
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Old 07 June 2012, 15:59   #7
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You need to be absolutely sure on what your tubes are made from. It looks like PU to me.
Never seen hypalon scored like this from dive gear, but once you get it fixed don't ever invite those diver's back!!
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