Tuff-Coat Team Restores Hypalon Inflatable

boat damage shown before tuff-coat restorationBefore Tuff-Coat

This boat restoration is a little ambitious even for us but we want to demonstrate how a boat destined for the dumpster can be the pride and joy of any discriminating boater.

same boat after tuff-coat restoration!After Tuff-Coat!


Inflatable Restoration Project - Extreme Hypalon Damage

boat right out of a dumpster

There is no problem that this boat doesn't have. It has UV damage, leaking seams, It was coated with a one part coating like GACO or Rhino hide, It has been abraded and has fabric showing through.

Bow damage on hypalon inflatable

But regardless of the damage, I am confident that SRC-TUFFCOAT and a little elbow grease will be able to make this boat into a thing of beauty.

detailed bow damage

The first thing we have to do is get as much of the offending material off as possible. This includes broken handles, bad patches and of course the single part coating.

peeling paint

As you can see from the above picture the fabric is showing through, not just here but all over the boat. One good thing is that the old coating prevented further UV damage to the fabric.

bow ring damage

The remainder of the bow ring has got to go.

heat gun to melt glue

Use a heat gun or hairdryer to melt glue and remove handle or old patches.

boat preparation

Old handle, Bow ring and some of the old paint removed ( what a struggle). More tomorrow God willing.

Okay, I admit I was worried - Before I can restore this boat I have to get all the old coating off- if I don't it will only be a strong as the old coating - which sucks - even if it was a good coating it would still have to come off because whoever did it put it on when the humidity was about 100% - in the places where you can peel it off you can see little bubbles of moisture between the coating and the hypalon! so wrong stuff and bad material prep and bad application. It has to go but there is a problem - in the places where we need to be the most careful - where the fabric has worn through - that is the only place where it has adhered well. Oh Oh! Run away? Give up? never. Find a solution. Hmmmm.

Well .. what we need is something that will melt the coating and not touch the hypalon. can't use xylene, acetone or paint thinner (cause I tried) Ah ha.. I love having epiphanies..... MEK Methyl Ethel Keytone - I think that's what MEK stands for - does the trick. ahead with the project!

soak in mek for paint clean

Soak rag in MEK then apply to paint.

mek applied

After MEK applied with rag for 5 - 10 minutes.

scrape off paint

Scrape off with wood block.

I'm at a boat show all week thus progress will be continued next week (God willing)

OK I'm back - let's get to work and finish this.  First Get all that old crap off at least one pontoon.  Then take some pictures.

boat on side

Taz inspecting my work.  :)

boat preparation bow

Getting the old one part paint off is very tedious but not that hard.  This type of one part system sold for restoring inflatables will work if applied to the right type of boat under the right conditions. It will not however rebuild the hypalon coating like SRC-TUFFCOAT and it lacks the seal coat which differentiates SRC from other products.

rough off boat paint

I lightly rough off the area with a fine 200 grit sandpaper or 3m pad then clean the area with acetone before applying a seal coat. I thin the basecoat 10-15% and apply a thin coat to the areas where fabric is showing through. I'll build up the hypalon coating slowly until it is even.

bond base coat

The basecoat sinks into the bare fabric and bonds the threadbare areas. I'll apply two or three thin coats then lightly sand and reapplyanother coat. This is only necessary when the damage is this extensive and you want a really good job.

sand off rough areas

After the basecoat dries the sticking up bits can be sanded off.

sanded area

The plan was to do half the boat and leave the other half unfinished to show the contrast, It was a good plan but too hard so from here on I am just going to finish the project.

half done boat

pontoon beforepontoon after

tuff boat almost done

Almost finished - TUFF-BOAT shown with TUFF-BARS mounted.

restored tuff coat boat

Taz thinks it came out pretty good - Don't you?

Renew, Restore, Protect your Inflatable Boat with SRC Tuff-Coat

Restore Your Inflatable Boat to New Condition

SRC Tuff-CoatTM Inflatable Boat Repair Kit restores, renews and protects all hypalon inflatables in just two coats.

Inflatable  Boat before Tuff-Coat Paint Restoration
Before Tuff-Coat
After Tuff-Coat
After Tuff-Coat

Thousands of satisfied Tuff-Coat customers have made their wornout Avon, Bombard, Caribe, Quicksilver, SeaEagle and Zodiac, inflatables completely seaworthy again.

Simply apply the base coat and then your top coat color. Your hypalon inflatable is good as new!

SRC Tuff-Coat Works great on PVC too!

The results are remarkable.

Your tired, worn and leaking dinghy will look as good as new. Tuff-Coat is a two part inflatable boat paint that is applied directly to the worn PVC or Hypalon fabric. Thats correct. If you can paint you can restore your worn out, UV damaged inflatable boat with SRC Tuff-Coat boat paint. 

We are convinced there is nothing like this anywhere.

So before you throw out that worn out inflatable boat - try Tuff-Coat to renew, protect and restore your dinghy back to life.

tuff coat  paint your inflatable to new conditionIf you can paint, you can use Tuff Coat

In order to restore your inflatable boat, you don’t have to know anything about a whole lot of stuff, except how to paint.  Applying Tuff Coat is that simple.

Of course, you have to prepare your surface first, making sure it’s clean. But that’s no big deal.

Using Tuff-Coat, almost anyone can take a worn inflatable hypalon boat and make it look like new again.  Read our customer testimonials to learn how some have saved their boat and their money.

Tuff Coat can save you thousands of dollars!

Tuff Coat can restore virtually any kind of damage your hypalon inflatable boat may have suffered.

Now you may think that a product that unique, and that good, must be very expensive.  But guess what…Tuff Coat costs you a fraction of what it would cost to buy a new inflatable boat.

Sure, you could go out and buy one of those great new Zodiac inflatable boats, or Bombard tenders, or Avon RIBs, but you don’t want to take out a bank loan, or go into debt, just to enjoy your life. Enjoying life shouldn’t be expensive. And it doesn’t have to be!