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Old 01-02-2012   #1
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Need some Repair Help

Hello and happy 2012. Have a question regarding boat repair. I have a 1981 Campways Navajo. It is in excellent shape except the seams are starting to show some wear. They are not ripping but they are worn to the fabric in a few places. I was wondering if I can just by some new seam material and glue it over the old seams. I live in Southern Arizona and dont know of any good repair places close by. Trying to same some money and do it myself but I dont want to mess up my boat. This beast has some history. Thanks for the help.

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Old 01-03-2012   #2
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I have that same boat, mine is in bad shape though.

I wonder if you could just paint the seams... they make a paint expressly for hypalon and that might be the ticket.


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Old 01-03-2012   #3
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I have that same boat, mine is in bad shape though.

I wonder if you could just paint the seams... they make a paint expressly for hypalon and that might be the ticket.

I have a Maravia. With that said, the dropstich floor had to be seamed taped around the edges years ago. The seams where wearing so I painted PVC paint right over the seams. Urethane Coating for PVC Boats & Material - Man of Rubber, Inc. A year and 500+ river miles later and "all is well!"
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On most hypalon seam tape overlaps the glued connections between the chamber sections. The purpose is to protect the seam. Usually seam tape is thin and subject to abrasion so it wears/cracks/etc.

if the rest of the boat is fine i'd try and peel the seam tape back, remove any crusty glue and slightly abraid the surface below. Then use the inland marine liquid rubber. It is designed to adhere to hypalon, and can replace the seam tapes protective function

I've used it in this manner on seams before and it works great, but you will need heat or it will never cure. It takes awhile to cure even in 80 degree heat Dont even attempt it over the winter

Nice lines can be made using simple masking tape and you apply with the boat inflated. You may be able to get in colors other than black or gray
Hey, if you want me to take a dump in a box and mark it "guaranteed", I will. I got spare time.
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What Avatard said.
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