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posted by The Captain @ 3:40 PM
Friday, June 8, 2012

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A picture is worth a thousand words……. below is a happy customer. Watch as their rigid-hulled inflatable boat is easily restored using Tuff-coat inflatable boat repair and restoration paint.

The inflatable boat restoration shown below is a major undertaking but we want to demonstrate how a boat destined for the dumpster can be the pride and joy of any discriminating boater. We are performing major repairs and applying Tuff-coat paint to this boat over time. Soon you will see what was once a piece of garbage become a restore inflatable boat perfectly safe and ready for boating. This is only one of many happy customers.

Hypalon Rigid-hull Inflatable Boat (RIB) Restoration Project


There is no problem that this boat doesn't have. It has UV damage, leaking seams, It was coated with a one part coating like GACO or Rhino hide, It has been abraded and has fabric showing through

But regardless of the damage, we are confident that SRC- TUFFCOAT and a little elbow grease will be able to make this boat into a thing of beauty.

The first thing we have to do is get as much of the offending material off as possible. This includes broken handles, bad patches and of course the single part coating.

As you can see from the above picture the fabric is showing through, not just here but all over the boat. One good thing is that the old coating prevented further UV damage to the fabric.

The remainder of the bow ring has got to go.


Use a heat gun or hairdryer to melt glue and remove handle or old patches.

Old handle, Bow ring and some of the old paint removed ( what a struggle).

Okay, I admit we were worried – Before I can restore this boat I have to get all the old coating off- if I don’t it will only be a strong as the old coating – even if it was a good coating it would still have to come off because whoever did it put it on when the humidity was about 100% – in the places where you can peel it off you can see little bubbles of moisture between the coating and the hypalon!

Scrape off with wood block. First Get all that old junk off at least one pontoon.

Getting the old one part paint off is very tedious but not that hard. This type of one part system sold for restoring inflatables will work if applied to the right type of boat under the right conditions. It will not however rebuild the hypalon coating like SRC Tuffcoat and it lacks the seal coat which differentiates SRC from other products.

I lightly rough off the area with a fine 200 grit sandpaper or 3m pad then clean the area with acetone before applying a seal coat. I thin the basecoat 10-15% and apply a thin coat to the areas where fabric is showing through. I'll build up the hypalon coating slowly until it is even.

The basecoat sinks into the bare fabric and bonds the thread bare areas. I'll apply two or three thin coats then lightly sand and reapply another coat. This is only necessary when the damage is this extensive and you want a really good job.

After the basecoat dries the sticking up bits can be sanded off.

The plan was to do half the boat and leave the other half unfinished to show the contrast. It was a good plan but too hard so from here on I am just going to finish the project.

Good comparison from old to new.

Good comparison from old to new

Incredible restoration results - an old boat from rags to riches.

Finished and looking great! Now it's your turn to make your inflatable boat look awesome!

Restore Your Old Inflatable Boat . Renew your old, faded, sticky, deteriorating inflatable boat with this proven synthetic rubber coating. Great for Hypalon and PVC boats of all makes and models.

Tuff-coat – Synthetic Rubber Coating – can renew and protect your inflatable by adding a layer of strong, UV resistant synthetic rubber that bonds directly with your existing surface – PVC or Hypalon.

Tuff-coat has done wonders on Avon, Bombard, Caribe, Quicksilver, Zodiac, and many other inflatables. Add years of pleasure to your investment with Tuff-coat.


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Purchasing A Used Inflatable Boat or Kayak: Buying Tips

posted by The Captain @ 11:51 AM
Thursday, October 13, 2011

One of the biggest problems when shopping for a used inflatable boat, inflatable kayak or RIB, is how to tell if the craft meets your needs. Some inflatable boats or inflatable kayaks appear to look spartan and commercially orientated and therefore are unsuitable for family and sporting use, however, these inflatable boats may provide an excellent safe boat albeit without any luxuries.

Inflatable boats and kayaks are a great way to enjoy the waters without having to pay thousands of dollars. RIBs are generally a sound investment as used boat prices are very strong, thus making it a great financial investment over such boats as the GRP sport boats or traditional sport boats which tend to depreciate very quickly.

Buying a used inflatable boat, such as a RIB, can be very confusing at times, however, it is usually the mechanics of the engine and soundness of the trailer which require the most attention. Engine problems can be quite costly and having a thorough inspection on the inflatable boat before purchase could save you money.

Here are a few things we recommend you check when buying a used inflatable boat:

  • Check for major repairs to the buoyancy tubes. Half stuck patches may indicate an amateur repair and these should be attended to as soon as possible.
  • Careful inspection of the hull to tube attachments should show any problems in this area and common sense should prevail, however, check for tell-tale glue stains on the GRP and tube as this could indicate a previous problem that has been hastily repaired.
  • Check around the fuel tank for rust or old fuel as breakdowns at sea can often be attributed to polluted fuel.
  • Consider having the engine inspected by a professional before purchasing, as engine repairs can be quite costly.
  • Check to make sure the water pump is pumping through the correct volume of cooling water. Weak water flow is a good indicator that there might be a blocked outlet. If the pump is working incorrectly, overheating may have occurred and damage to the piston rings or bearings may have resulted.
  • As per usual, the trailer requires visual attention, paying particular attention to the draw bar and hitch, ensuring that the ball locking system is safe and operating correctly.
  • Wheel bearings and breaks, if fitted, are a major area for careful inspection. Breaks frequently become stiff or totally seized due to immersion in salt water and should be checked for correct rotation.
  • The trailers wheel bearings should also be checked; spin the wheel and listen for bearing noise/rumble. If the bearings are noisy, do not attempt to tow the boat without first replacing the bearings
  • Finally, inspect the winch, particularly the winch strap or wire.

Generally speaking, with used inflatable boats, what you see is what you get and there should be no reason to suppose that if the tubes and hull appear fair that there are any hidden problems; however, our recommended check list should help provide a guide to the main problem areas.

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What Type Of Fabric Is My Inflatable Boat Made Of?

posted by The Captain @ 10:58 AM
Thursday, October 6, 2011

This is an important question that we are asked almost daily.

One of the major components of repairing or painting your inflatable boat is knowing which type of fabric it is made of. This is important to know as there are different preparation methods that need to be completed before painting or repairing your inflatable boat.

Hypalon Fabric:

Traditionally hypalon fabric is assembled using hand glued seams. The 2 panels are glued, one overlapping the other. A good indicator that your inflatable boat is made of hypalon fabric is by scratching the fabric with your nail. If a scratch mark appears, your inflatable boat fabric is most likely made of hypalon fabric. You might also notice dried glue (browned from the sun) or small areas that are lifting and coming unglued.

PVC Fabric: (also known as Strongan Fabric)

PVC fabric is typically assembled using the Robotized hot assembly technique; where by two fabrics are “heat welded” between an exterior reinforcement band and an interior airtight band. What you end up seeing is the exterior band, with 2 borders.

Most PVC boats have some areas that are also glued on. These areas are often found around the transom, sometimes the floor and some small parts and handles too.

The basic difference between boat manufacturer’s fabric is the chemical composition of the materials used. This of course is a big factor when repairing your inflatable boat, as the two fabrics require different preparation before the glue adhesive can be applied. The two fabrics also require different glues for their repair process, making this information important to know before making your repair.

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An Old Inflatable Boat From Rags To Riches Story

posted by The Captain @ 12:33 PM
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Do you own an inflatable boat that looks like it has seen better days? We wanted to pass along a customer satisfaction story about how one boat owner successfully restored their old, faded, deteriorating inflatable boat to look like new!

For many boat owners, inflatable boats have become a must have product. But what is a boat owner to do when their inflatable boat becomes faded from years of wear and tear. For one boat owner, purchasing a new inflatable boat was just not an option.

Below are a few images of the restoration project, restoring a Hypalon rigid-hull inflatable boat:



The boat owner was successfully able to restore his uv damaged inflatable boat with a little elbow grease and Tuff-coat inflatable boat paint.

Using a regular one part paint system generally works if applied to the right type of boat under the right conditions. However, it will not rebuild the hypalon coating. This boat owner chose to use Tuff-coat inflatable boat paint to help restore his boat because of the two part basecoat- topcoat finish.

The basecoat sinks into the bare fabric and bonds the thread bare areas. While the topcoat works as a sealant, helping to keep your inflatable boat looking like new.

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