Fall is perfect time to restore your Inflatable

The Pacific Northwest boating season for us “fairweather yachtees” is drawing to a close. Before you shut it all down, the Fall is a perfect season to restore your dinghy/tender. The pressure we all feel in the spring to get ready for boating is not at all present, so you can take time to prepare, clean and allow adequate curing. Even the ‘trades’ you may wish to contract seem to have more time and often better rates. Get a jump on next season by restoring your inflatable in the Fall.

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  1. Jonathan (Bart) Harvey on

    Michael, I’m pleased to report that my restoration project has been completed. Last fall I responded to an add for rafting gear, which I purchased for a fair price. As I was leaving the gentleman asked if I would like to take a raft that he was going to throw away. I inspected the raft and found it to be without patches and in great condition, with the exception of the floor which was worn to the fabric. I had used your product before and believed that it could possibly work to repair this section of the boat. Through out the project I had several questions and found your customer service to be outstanding. The boat is hypalon construction and was prepared by sanded using an orbital sander. All loose material was removed using a spatula. I wiped the boat with xylene and applied the base coat twice, (four times in problem areas) waiting 36 hrs between coats. Using an orbital sander, I worked my way across the boat to insure adhesion. In four small areas the base coat peeled away indicating an improper preparation. These areas were re-prepped. Base coat was re-applied and allowed to cure. Again, after waiting 36 hrs, I attempted to sand these areas. The base coat could not be removed. After a weeks time I applied the flat matte top coat twice, as specified, with a brush. After waiting a week I used an orbital sander, as well as wet dry sandpaper, in order to identify any areas that the top coat did not adhere properly. I found none. After washing and drying the boat I used an air gun pressurized at 40psi to apply one final layer of top coat. The results are amazing, the floor looks new.
    A test strip was prepped and coated simultaneously. The test strip has been submerged in water for 5 days now. Results are as follows; The test strip shows that the base coat is near impossible to remove, even with very aggressive treatment (ie. keys pressed against the strip and dragged accross). Other stresses to this test strip included attempting to scratch paint off with fingernails, proving impossible. The test strip was then pushed into a rough concrete surface, with considerable pressure, and dragged for 12 inches. This test removed some of the top coat, but the base coat held strong. All tests represented the worse case of boat care practice and would be unlikely to occur in normal good boat care scenario. I couldn’t be more pleased, especially since you require a four week cure time on the top coat which had not yet been met .
    Sincerely, (22 year , class 5 unrestricted, licensed professional white water guide/instructor) Bart Harvey.
    Before

    during restoration

    finished


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