New "old" Tubes - Wing PU
Background: Just got a Willard 730. Hypalon tubes on them were crap. Bought a set of PU tubes from JP. They're from Wing and are in pretty good shape (supple, slight green tinge, no leaks, etc.)
I talked to Wing yesterday:
(1) I asked about new pressure relief valves (tubes only had 4, needed 3 more). $30/each, SEI PRV-4 valves. Couldn't find them anywhere online. $30 seems reasonable. Comments?
(2) I wanted to extend the non-slip painted section on the top of the tubes so I asked them about paint. They actually suggested painting everything (not just the top non-slip patches) above the rubstrake and on the inside with TechThane two-part Urethane paint. They said to paint above the waterline/rubstrake for: (a) UV resistance, (b) abrasion resistance, and © to seal any micro-leaks. They actually apply this stuff to many of the new tubes sets that leave the factory (but not for Willards). They'll sell it to me but it's expensive.
Most members of this forum strongly recommend against painting tubes…NEVER EVER! Because they actually do this at the factory, might this be an exception to the "don't ever paint your tubes" rule?