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Old 06-29-2015   #1
 
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reinforcing IK hull bottom?

Has anyone tried gluing a layer of PVC to the bottom part of an IK hull below and around the seat area that is more prone to rub against rocks?

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Personally, I'm about to buy some urethane and roll a bunch of coats on my cat tubes. Have you considered this product? Raft Repair Coatings - Man of Rubber River Gear
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Yes. I have glued pretty much any shape and size reinforcement patch to any inflatable. If abrasion is the problem it is a good way to go. Urethane, though more expensive, would be an upgrade from another layer of boat material as it slides off of rocks easier and is more abrasion resistant. Pacific elastomers is on your side of the mississippi and makes a product called flex tuff 50/90 that would work well for you should you choose to go that route. The product listed above is good as well.
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What about a few layers of the transparent gorilla tape available at any hardware store?
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Wow you know it's a low water year when your talking about beefing up the IK hull, hahah.
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I guess anything that is stuck over a surface that is wearing will provide resistance. As to longevity or effectiveness I cannot comment.
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Gorilla tape is awesome. I suspect it works so well for patching rafts that Zack will be out of business soon do to all the DIY raft remains from gorilla tape.

You can get away with rolling on the urethane, but having it sprayed professionally just looks well, professional.
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Clear Gorilla tape is great stuff, but eventually will peel off and just be more junk in the river. Go with a permanent coating.
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Sure would be nice to have a full urethane coating. Sounds expensive though.
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JIMM, I've thought about doing this to prevent friction when boofing rocks and ELFing. Duckies tend to stick where plastic slides right over - and sometimes it's at the lip of something steep!
The urethane might help prevent wear, but it's stickier than hard plastic, in my opinion.

If you do glue something on there please post a photo. I'd love to see how it works out.
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