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  • Avon restoration

    Is there anyway to restore the rubber on an Avon? I have tried the Seapower cleaner without the results I was hoping for. Anyone have a better solution?Thanks - Al

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    Re: Avon restoration

    I myself have built many Avon ribs and the only cure is a new tube. With simple instruction anyone should do this task themselves. E-mail for details.Alternativley when Inext visit the states i'll do it for you.............If you buy the beers!G

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      Re: Avon restoration

      I hv an Avon Workboat 4.0 meter soft bottom. I had it since 1997. How long would it last before I have to change to a new tube [boat] in tropical condition.

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        Sudden impulse.It really depends on weight,use and the color of the tube. On a 4mtr you probably have 900grm hpln. A lighter cloth but in keeping with its length. Use could be lesiure or being soft bottomed probably not commercial.Thirdly the color, basically the darker the better. I know this goes against logic as in white reflects light but believe me U.V. will perish a white tube in tropical conditions if not cared for in 5-8 tears. Yet a grey tube in a like for like enviroment and again not cared for would expect to last 9-16 years. Obviousley if both boats were cared for you could double these figures but the golden rule is if you want value for your money go for grey.

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        • #5
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          Thanks for the info. I hv a grey color Avon inflatable. I currently put it on top of the pontoon at a marina because of barnacle problem if I leave it on the water.I spray and wipe with Armor All to maintain the tube as protection from UV. My pressure gage is faulty and I just estimate the hardness of the tube by slapping the tube. It does not work very well today when the boat actually folded into 2 while I was speeding through a wave. Thank god, it unfolded back after the engine cut off but I got a lot of bruise slipping through the anti slip deck.

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          • #6
            Re: Avon restoration

            Sudden. You made me laugh about the folding situation although it must have been scary!Anything you apply to the tube will benefit it appart from the re-coating tins of yuk that are supposed to make the tube look like new. If its a preventative lotin then good. Anything that claims new youthfull looks (sound familiar!)avoid like the plague!!!!!!!Happy boating my friend.Gav.

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            • #7
              Re: Avon restoration

              For Hypalon or PVC Boat restoration, you can try a product called SRC, by a manufacturer in Canada. You can find them at http://www.synergy.ca Marty

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              • #8
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                I painted up an old Quicksilver with this stuff............ http://www.inflatablefix.com/paint.htm Looked like a new boat. Course, I sold it right away.......

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                • #9
                  Re: Avon restoration

                  I hear your not supposed to use Armor All. I use 303 3m protectant.

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                  • #10
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                    I hear armorall is bad preservitive period. I know many people who claim it caused their dash in their car to crack prematurely. It does make tires look new as well as most vinly type products, but rumor has it you can lose half the service life, food for thought, there is a good discussion at this website http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/arch.../t-193368.html it also discusses some alternatives (not specifically for avon)

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                    • #11
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                      I heard Armor-all actually gets into the material, though I'm not sure how true that is. I'd like to bet it'd make patches hard to stick...

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                      • #12
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                        Is it possible to buy new tubes then? Do you have to take it to a repair place?

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                        • #13
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                          I wouldn't bother if you're in the USA-they cost more to retube than they do here-and it's the equivalent of $2500 for a retube here. It's a specialist job-don't try it at home etc.you might find cheap biological washing powder (the stuff you put in your washing machine) mixed to a sloppy paste helps to clean them-it did on mine.If they hold air ok I'd leave them alone.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Avon restoration

                            Armor-all is no good for hyalon. Don't konw about that 3M product, but 3M makes good stuff so if it says ok for hypalon I wouldn't worry. I use something by Starbite that is made specifically for hypalon, don't remember what it's called, comes in a red bottle.Replacement tubes are available, either from Avon or other sponson manfrs. And as mentioned, kind of a big job to do. If/when I need to replace the tubes on my 31-year old Avon, I'm going with these: http://www.wing.com

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                              Re: Avon restoration

                              Is that the acid based cleaner 18R?

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