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Old 31 July 2005, 10:22   #1
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Tube painting.....

Hi,

I have 5.2mtr RIB and the tubes on it are worn (color is faded and in some parts fabric is rough )and sticky, first I was thinking of replacing them but now I found this on the net.
http://www.allinflatables.com/shopping/paint/index.html

maybe I can keep the old tubes for a couple of more years with this on...

Is there anybody that has experience with this product and tell me if it is any good ?

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Old 31 July 2005, 15:34   #2
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Mine was painted by a previous owner. You can see the odd brush mark if you look closely, but as you say, a lot cheaper than a retube. I don't know what product was used.

When you say rough and sticky, are you sure that's not where some glued item has been removed?! I'd be careful if you have any doubts about the integrity of the tubes, maybe use some patches first to tidy up first?

IBS also do Hypalon paint - take a look at www.ibs-boats.com You have to download the PDF catalogue and price list. It's 25.69 / litre which covers 6sq m According to my calculations you would need 3 tins.

If it can be sprayed then of course you'd get a better finish.

Some of the retubing pros might have a view on this as well.
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Old 31 July 2005, 16:08   #3
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The tubes are verry sticky, there was nothing glued on there before...

I don't know how to get it off, I tried with soap but it won't get off.
if there is somebody that knows a product that might get this stuff of please advice.

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Depending on the stickiness, WD40 can help
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I would not want to use wd40 on tubes, have you tried white spirit or dare I say Toluene it not nice stuff but great at cleaning up tubes!
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I will try white spirit... I was afraid to use this ...

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I too am about to paint a small blue RIB. I was a bit worried about this hypalon paint stuff becasue we have a very old Searider which was painted st some stage which looks awful now becasue the paint is all peeling off. I assume from what people have said that must have been either the wrong paint or badly applied (or just really old).

Am I right in saying it is quite hardwearing?
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I used the Tuff-Coat indicated in the link above to paint the tubes on my 5.4 meter Searider. It came out great ( I think ). It used to be all orange and very faded from the sun. The paints on the expensive side but like I said it comes out like a new boat and well worth it. For my 5.4 Searider I used two quarts of base coat and three quarts of top coat.

You have to clean the tubes first, use a brush and soap. Prep is everything. Then use a roller to put on the base coat as well as the top coat and only use a brush to hit the hard to reach spots.

The stuff comes with good instructions so even the novice painter will have no problem applying this two part paint.

Heres a pic of the after, the before picture was lost on my computer
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