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Old 07-01-2016, 05:59   #1
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Reseal my RIB

there are some products available to reseal the tubes on a dingy from the inside and the out. One you inject into the Fill ports and roll the dinghy around to spread it. another supposably is a rubber coating to paint on from the outside and then they recommend they're flexible paint on top of that. Does anybody have experience with these products? my Archilles is aging and needs to be pumped up every couple of days or so. I like the boat and am trying to extend the life a little if possible
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Old 17-01-2016, 19:48   #2
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Re: reseal my rib

Had the latex sealant applied in an old dinghy, it did seal a persistent leak on one of the aft cone tips (which couldn't be patched any other way), but just don't deflate and roll it up any time afterwards.


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Re: reseal my rib

If you can track down the leak, I use Aquaseal on my Avon hypalon and it's incredible stuff. Flexible and sticks like crazy to both the hypalon and rubber. The small pin holes you describe may be difficult to track down, but can't hurt to try with a solution of dishwashing soap and water.
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Re: reseal my rib

Has anyone thought about or tried filling the tubes on a rib with foam as in "great stuff" or pourable foam??
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Has anyone thought about or tried filling the tubes on a rib with foam as in "great stuff" or pourable foam??
Saw one some years back... a very degraded hull filled with some sort of rigid foam. It floated, and seemed usable, perhaps a good end of life usage extender. But, of course, it is no longer deflatable, and for most who buy this sort of dinghy, deflation capability is why they bought it!

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Has anyone thought about or tried filling the tubes on a rib with foam as in "great stuff" or pourable foam??
Quite a few Fast Rescue Craft are foam filled, but they are designed that way.
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