Originally Posted by Doghouse
The problem is that the rub rail, and other glued on "buttons" are starting to come loose.
What type of glue should I use to re-glue them. Also what can I use to remove the old registration
numbers that were glued on?
THis is Hypathalon (sp) not PVC, so I have no idea what chemicals are ok or not.
You might try a web search for hypalon repair glue - that will turn up a lot of choices. And you're right, there are glues for hypalon as distinct from glues for PVC.
I've used one-part (Bostik) glues usually carried in the dinghy
repair kit, it is ok. The two-part glues for hypalon are much better, though the two-part glue seems to have a relatively short shelf-life - I've been told 6 months in the can is all you can expect. The two part glues I've used are Clifton and Weaver - I preferred working with the Weaver product, though both do the trick.
If you're not sure where to get the glue, contact a life raft certification
company or inflatable
repair shop - they will tell you exactly what they prefer and you can get a tin of whatever it is they are using.
For application, it has worked out well to clean the area with acetone, abrade both surfaces with emery cloth to create a mechanical tooth in the materials, place the part onto the boat and outline it with pencil, remote
the part and apply tape along the pencil line to mask-off the parts
of the boat you do not want to get glue on. Then follow the glue's instructions.