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Old 31 October 2016, 14:26   #1
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Tube Repair - on rubbing strake

Hello!

I have found another small puncture in the rib

It is on the rubbing strake.

So, do I need to take of the strake to get the the hypalon underneath or can I fix over the rubber (preferred!!)

If i can fix the rubber - what patch kit do I need!

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Old 31 October 2016, 14:55   #2
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1.) Unglue the rubstrake, fix externally
2.) Cut a hole, fix internally, inside/outside patch + cover with d-ring or handle to camoflage the patch
3.) Remove a valve, fix internally
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You need to repair the tube fabric underneath. Separate the rubbing strake from the tube fabric around where the hole is (how much depends on how big the damage is). You can then prepare the tube and glue a patch on before preparing the area and re-gluing the strake over the top. If it's a small hole once it's done you shouldn't be able to tell a repair has been done. Have you got a photo of the damage?
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The hole is a tiny pinprick - probably a thorn!

The trouble is the rubbing strake is very wide and to get to the hypalon underneath will be a right pain!

May just try and patch over the rubber?

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The hole is a tiny pinprick - probably a thorn!

The trouble is the rubbing strake is very wide and to get to the hypalon underneath will be a right pain!

May just try and patch over the rubber?

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Quite some thorn to have gone all the way through the rubbing strake and fabric.

Can you remove the valve and do an internal repair as office suggests? Failing that with a tiny hole you may find a wetsuit repair glue like witchseal is able to plug the whole very neatly. However depending how well stuck the strake is air may well find another path to get out (same would apply to your patch on strake).
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I'd love to see someone do a patch through a 2 inch valve hole 😉

Peeling back the rubbing strake (with a hot air gun) a bit and doing a proper repair should be very straight forward.
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I will try removing the strake and will report back!

Fingers crossed!

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I'd love to see someone do a patch through a 2 inch valve hole 😉
Quite common to do this on sibs and Zodiac Ribs with removable tubes.

On a hypalon tubed rib probably easier to remove the strake and patch over the hole.
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Quite common to do this on sibs and Zodiac Ribs with removable tubes.

On a hypalon tubed rib probably easier to remove the strake and patch over the hole.
you never replied to my enquiry re tube repairs Dave Cowell
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Please can you advise me how to remove the rubber strake on my hypalon tubes that has come loose on the starboard tube. Have been quoted £600 to remove old, remove the glue and then apply a new strake as not cost effective to remove all the old glue from the strake. There must be a way surely??
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I'd love to see someone do a patch through a 2 inch valve hole 😉

Peeling back the rubbing strake (with a hot air gun) a bit and doing a proper repair should be very straight forward.
I do it all the time...
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Please can you advise me how to remove the rubber strake on my hypalon tubes that has come loose on the starboard tube. Have been quoted £600 to remove old, remove the glue and then apply a new strake as not cost effective to remove all the old glue from the strake. There must be a way surely??
Removal is easy, heat gun the strake pull it off, depends how much has come loose, and what sorta condition it's in you can just resand the tube and strake and bang it back on,
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