Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
 
Old 12 June 2015, 03:52   #1
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Cowes
Length: 8m +
Engine: 225 Opti
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 551
Tube Refurbishment/Painting

Hi,

I am looking at purchasing another RIB - missing the old one. The tubes are not in good shape (its hot and sunny in Asia!). Ther are also the wrong colour...

I have seen vaious threads on painting tubes but not a lot on the actual outcome or what alternatives for covering there are...

Seems to be Flexithane, Tuff Coat or PVC94.

Can anyone who has had experience with this make any recommendations? Application could be tricky as it is hot hot hot here.

I would replace the tubes but unlike back in Blighty its not easy to do - its not an option sadly!

Cheers
__________________

__________________
Rodan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12 June 2015, 09:02   #2
Member
 
Country: UK - Channel Islands
Town: Jersey & Portsmouth
Boat name: Vimto/Tango
Make: Avon
Length: 4m +
Engine: 60hp/40hp
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 42
I was on a RIB two days ago that had painted tubes, you could barely tell they were painted and the finish was fantastic. They had used polymarine flexithane and I was very impressed with it and enquired about application, this is what i was told:

1) Wash the tubes thoroughly
2) A careful degrease using cellulose thinners - this melts the top surface of the tube so only a light wipe with a clean cloth.. and defiantly don’t rub..
3) I masked off the bits I did not want to paint..
4) Dilute the paint with the cellulose thinners 6:1 paint to thinners
5) Cut in the edges with a brush
6) Roller paint the main areas with a foam radiator roller… and do not go over the area … working the paint too much gives a very poor finish.. try and work on getting the paint on in one rill and not rilling back over it.

I have not done this myself but intend to do it on one of our boats as the tubes are looking very worn and cannot afford to have them re-tubed. Not overly sure how this would all work in a hotter climate or for changing the colour of the tubes but I hope i've helped at least a little bit
__________________

__________________
Sam G is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12 June 2015, 09:26   #3
Member
 
Country: UK - Channel Islands
Town: Jersey & Portsmouth
Boat name: Vimto/Tango
Make: Avon
Length: 4m +
Engine: 60hp/40hp
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 42
Oh also remember to get the right paint for your tubes, felxithane is specifically for hypalon tubes, they do another called super flex which is for PVC tubes. If you are unsure what your tube material is polymarine have a good document on their website that helps you distinguish what your tubes are made off
__________________
Sam G is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12 June 2015, 16:15   #4
Member
 
m22nly's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Taunton
Make: Ring 650
Length: 6m +
Engine: Outboard
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 105
I have 4 tins of polymarine hypalon paint in black @ £35.00 a tin if interested all new and unopened


Sent from my iPad using RIB Net
__________________
m22nly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13 June 2015, 19:16   #5
Member
 
Country: Australia
Make: Nautica
Length: 6m +
Engine: Twin outboard
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 59
Check out the FB page for a company called RIB Rescue in Australia. They paint and refurb RIB tubes all the time and could give you the best information.
__________________
Patch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14 June 2015, 04:19   #6
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Length: 3m +
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 2,251
I suspect part of the issue is people paint to cover up knackered tubes. I suspect painting good tubes is easier and more effective.
__________________
ShinyShoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15 June 2015, 21:39   #7
Member
 
Country: UK - Channel Islands
Town: Jersey & Portsmouth
Boat name: Vimto/Tango
Make: Avon
Length: 4m +
Engine: 60hp/40hp
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 42
The other thing to note is that painting is not a permanent solution and requires you to repaint the tubes every few seasons depending on wear and tear
__________________
Sam G is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17 June 2015, 09:35   #8
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Cowes
Length: 8m +
Engine: 225 Opti
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 551
Thanks for the replies and info - it does seem a minority have done it. These tubes could probably be cleaned up but need a change of colour so perhaps polymarine would be the answer.

Black would be nice but in 36 degress i think ill advised!

Cheers
__________________

__________________
Rodan is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 14:03.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.