Originally Posted by Ribshop
We have done a few new boats using Topside .......had good results ....... The Topside is flexible and does stay on very well but you do have to prep it properly and I would avoid painting any areas prone to rubbing like the fender.
Thanks guys, I know what chlorosulfonated polyethylene is now
looking at 'Tuff coat' I assume that Ribshop 'Topside' is same stuff (or very similar).
If that is the case? I see as you said prep is absolutely the key to get a good bond and even then it is still two layers, i.e original surface and coating. albeit the coating is liquid chlorosulfonated polyethylene (Hypalon).
so in effect you get double layer of hypalon on the finished product. But would be prone to scuffing and delamination if not prepped properly.
I hope I have interpreted the info correctly? as looking to overcoat with the original material is what I would like to do, if I coat at all.
Taking your advice Ribshop I had already picked up a 1m patch of hypalon to get rid of a bad patch put on by a previous owner rather than paint.
Other than that the Rib was just dirty and has come up well with a clean, so I am reluctant to paint anyway (hence the one patch repair, repair).
Is there anything in the shop equivalent to 303 protector colour restoring?
Once patch is on there will be no doubt a colour mismatch, even though I have cleaned well so I was thinking of using 303 as I have read good reports on the colour restoring properties.
Sorry for the long post, thinking aloud to take the right steps.