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Color Change for New York Fire Department Rescue Boat

Not all Tuff-Coat applications are restoration projects.

Today we revisit a customer who took possession of a new Attack Zodiac which required a color change from Black to ‘Rescue Red’.

15 Foot Zodiac in black before tuff coat conversion to redBefore Tuff-Coat
New York Firefighters need to ‘restore’ a donated Marine RIB. Their cost effective solution to paint this inflatable to the search and rescue colors was Tuff-Coat.
zodiac after changing color with tuff coat to rescue redAfter Tuff-Coat!

Owls Head – Mt. View Volunteer Fire Department in New York

Tuff-Coat Donation helps Fire Fighters ‘restore’ new donated RIB for search and rescue.

Visit the OHMV Web Site to see the 15 Foot Zodiac rescue craft in action.

These photos are self explanatory as the  search and rescue team paint their new boat with  Tuff-Coat .

Black Zodiac Tubes

Original Black Tubes on Attack Zodiac

Original Tube Colors

Marine RIB in Original Black Color

Base Coat Applied to Stern Tubes

Base Coat Applied to Stern Tubes

Tuff-Coat Base Coat Applied

Tuff-Coat Base Coat Applied

Tuff-Coat Base Coat Applied
Restored' New Search and Rescue Colors

Restored' New Search and Rescue Colors

  Newly Finished Tuff-Coat Search and Rescue Colors on Fire Department Trailer!

Newly Finished Tuff-Coat Search and Rescue Colors on Fire Department Trailer!


Boat Restoration – where do I get started?

You are anxious to restore your inflatable boat with Tuff-Coat but the most important step in achieving excellent results is CLEANING!

Like any other ‘painting’ project, preparing and cleaning the surface to be painted is absolutely vital. If you decide to breeze quickly through this first step your results may not be achieved.

You must remove all dirt, oils, grease, waxes and grime. A power washer (careful not to blast new holes!) or warm soapy water is a good start. UV stickiness, grease, oils and waxes can be removed with a cloth dampened with Xylene (please wear gloves and mask in a well ventilated area). Finally a light sanding of the material surface will help smooth out any bumps and unevenness – for PVC boats this will rough up the surface to help create a ‘mechanical’ bond for the Tuff-Coat Basecoat.

So what is the first vital step? Put your Tuff-Coat Cans on the shelf and get busy cleaning your boat. You will not regret it!


Inflatable Boat: Repair or Restore?

A common question I get asked.  Repairing a leaking inflatable boat involves patching – using a patch kit and glue. Restoring is refinishing the inflatable fabric (usually hypalon or PVC).  The confusion often arises because the restoring the fabric also solves the air leaks cuased by the tiny pinholes in the fabric. We see this damage in tubes that have suffered wear and tear OR by extreme UV damage.

Best to think about REPAIRing when you have a major leak from a single source (hole, tear, seam-rip, valve stem, old patch, etc). Best to think about RESTORing when you have fabric wear/tear, UV damage, etc.

Final note. Repair major leaks first before you begin Restoring your inflatable boat.

As always, the only proven inflatable boat restoration system is available from

‘Tuff’ advice back online after 12 months!

The ‘Tuff’ advice blog which helped hundreds of boaters with tips and techniques to help restore their inflatable yachts, is now back online. The old advice blog which was served up as a user forum on the parent site has been offline for over 12 months. Now with our new look web site and new Tuff user advice blog on wordpress, we are thrilled to be back helping our boating community with their hypalon and pvc restoration questions.