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Old 08 December 2019, 18:36   #1
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Am I screwed?

Bought this ab inflatable to use as a dinghy for my new sailboat. Craigs List purchase, did not inspect as well as I should have. Large areas on one tube worn down to the fabric. Any advice?
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Iwould say not much hope but im sure someone will advice soon
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Assuming its hypalon and holding air then some big cover patches will eek out a little extra life or even hypalon paint will extend its life for a while
You'll never make it new again but you can improve it and get some use out of it as long as its not going flat straight away
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Assuming its hypalon and holding air then some big cover patches will eek out a little extra life or even hypalon paint will extend its life for a while
You'll never make it new again but you can improve it and get some use out of it as long as its not going flat straight away
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Works for me too! easy to google polymarine or henshaws also have some good help sheets too
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says "page not found". but I can google it, thanks for the replies.
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Tube Sealer.-

Is the tube losing pressure in terms of small air bubbles seen when soappy water is applied. Inflate tube to 3.0 PSI and check that out. If so asside from the tube paint can apply an internal and an external tube sealer to seal well both tube's sides, something like these if available in UK.

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Old 12 December 2019, 19:30   #12
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Aired it up and as expected it is losing air on some of the worn areas, I am going to try the TUFF SRC product for the exterior and Uncle Wiggli's interior sealant as recommended by AB inflatables.
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Old 26 December 2019, 17:32   #13
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Changed two leaky valves, added uncle wiggli's tube sealant and just finished 3rd coat of the base paint to the worn areas. Now to let cure for 24 hours and then check for leaks.
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