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Tony B 07-02-2014 06:52 PM

Inflatable Dinghy Maintenance
 
I have a PVC inflatable and don't have an owners manual.
PVC inflatables should all be similar in regards to cleaning and maintenance.

What cleaning products should I use and most importantly, what should I NOT use.
Are there any types of waxes or finishes that will help protect and prolong the life of PVC other than a cover?

Thanks in advance.

Tony B

rwidman 07-02-2014 07:49 PM

Go to West Marine and see what they have for PVC dinghys.

Moonstruck 07-02-2014 08:30 PM

Check out these folks. I find about all I need for my dinghies from them.

InflatableBoatParts.com - Inflatable Boat parts, repair kits and accessories for Zodiac, Achilles, Caribe, AB, Avon and Walker Bay Inflatables. - Inflatable Boat Parts

psneeld 07-02-2014 08:43 PM

just be careful of anything with spray silicone/Teflon...the old zodiacs I believe fell apart when sprayed with old style armourall...I believe Zodiac put out a maintenance bulletin on it.

the silicone would migrate under the taped seams and they would fall apart.

Tony B 07-02-2014 11:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by psneeld (Post 247020)
.....I believe Zodiac put out a maintenance bulletin on it.....the silicone would migrate under the taped seams and they would fall apart.

Gee Thanks, now you tell me.

I have my 20 year old West Marine Seaworthy RIB where the oar locks were a hard black rubber that oxidized so bad it would come off black on your clothes and skin. I would wash and scrub it real good and it would stay clean for a few days and then come off on you again. I recently discovered through a new friend, to use 100% pure silicone. Rub it in with your finger and remove all excess. The oar locks are shiny black and don't oxidize anymore. So now they will come apart instead .:banghead:
What a friend you turned out to be.
Actually, thanks a bunch. This new info will stop me from making the same mistake on my newer dink.

Tony B 07-04-2014 08:55 AM

Thanks Guys for all of the suggestions. Looks like all of the recommended products are pretty much the same.
I had to put an order in to partman.com for unrelated stuff and they just happened to have Starbrite Inflatable Boat and Fender Cleaner/Protector and so I ordered it.
I think I can get the 303 Protector from OReillys Auto.

Thanks again.


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