Inflatable boat repair paint for inflatable boats, kayaks and other inflatable products.
 Painting inflatable boats

Inflatable Boat Paint


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Restoration Example #1
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Inflatable boat paint for repairing old inflatables to new again

Renew your old, faded, sticky, deteriorating inflatable boat with this proven synthetic rubber coating

Inflatable boat paint, for inflatable boats, inflatable kayaks, dinghies, inflatable canoes & inflatable boat accessories.

Restore Your Old Inflatable Boat. Renew your old, faded, sticky, deteriorating inflatable boat with this proven synthetic rubber coating. Great for Hypalon and PVC boats of all makes and models.

This inflatable boat restoration is a major undertaking but we want to demonstrate how a boat destined for the dumpster can be the pride and joy of any discriminating boater. We are performing major repairs and applying SRC Paint to this boat over time. Soon you will see what was once a piece of garbage become a restore inflatable boat perfectly safe and ready for boating.

 Below is one of our over 1,200 happy customers. We are the "original SRC Tuff-coat supplier" - a trusted name you know.

Restoration Example #2.

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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

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

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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.

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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.

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The remainder of the bow ring has got to go.

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

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

Okay, I admit we were 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.

Scrape off with wood block. First Get all that old junk off at least one pontoon


repairing inflatable boats

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.

restoring inflatable boats

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.

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

inflatable boat restoration

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

fixing inflatable boats

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.

painting inflatable boats
Good comparison from old to new   

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Before and after - cone ends of inflatable

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Bow area before and after using SRC

painting inflatable boats
Incredible restoration results - an old boat from rags to riches.

painting inflatable boat
A beautiful finish! - can you believe before and after?

restoring inflatable boats

Finished and looking great!

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