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Old 05-04-2010, 11:30 PM   #1
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Just a warning to anyone with an inflatable dinghy... I've got a west marine 10ft PVC inflatable that is about 6 months old. From beaching her and bumping a few skanky docks she aquired a few pin-hole leaks. As a solution I bought west marines Liquid Rubber Inflatable Boat Repair... The prep is a bit more than expected: you clean it, MEK it, Sand it, wipe it down again then apply te liquid rubber... All went well on application and I was at first impressed at the visual results, it's ability to refresh a chafed inflatable bottom.... after letting it dry for a week however and finally inflating I was sorely disapointed when the stuff didn't work. The dink is still leaking and everywhere there was a pinhole leak there is now a bubble where the leak has pushed the rubber paint away from the bottom and filled it with air...

very disapointed... at $60 for one can I expected more... I'll be complaining in the store as well but thought I'd post a warning here.
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I bought west marines Liquid Rubber Inflatable Boat Repair... The prep is a bit more than expected: you clean it, MEK it, Sand it, wipe it down again then apply te liquid rubber... All went well on application and I was at first impressed at the visual results, it's ability to refresh a chafed inflatable bottom.... after letting it dry for a week however and finally inflating
Is it possible that that wrong compound was supplied ? IE.. Liquid Rubber to seal pin holes in PVC ??

'Polyvinyl Chloride'

If the Dinghy is made of a PVC material then there are compounds used at the production stage to seal the vinyl.

Here are a couple amongst thousands (No liquid rubber) CLICK and HERE
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I don't know about chemical compounds and such but it says clearly on the can "For PVC and Hypalon" ... which to me explained why the surface prep was a bit more than I had expected (had to abraid it to give it a surface to bond to). Unlike the product sold by allinflatables.com... which is significantly more expensive $250 for a 9 - 14 ft pontoon kit... which I may try next....

although at this point I'm thinking of just junking the inflatable and going back to a hard dinghy... I paid 750 for the dink... 6 months later am I really going to put $250 (assuming that works) + the $60 for the west marine product that didn't work, so $310 total, into repairing it?? pretty rediculous... particularly, to my mind, since it's a west marine boat and was a west marine inflatable boat repair product... I usually swear by a hard dinghy anyways, but I couldn't get mine on deck without marking it up, and as I only paid $50 for it, I made the mistake of taking it in tow on a passage "outside" around Cape Hatteras and lost her to a breaking following sea that swamped her and snapped the painter (lesson learned).
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Guess this is the product, note it says it comes with a catalyst - does it detail how to mix and cure the application.
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