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Old 04-10-2010   #1
 
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Oxidized Hypalon

Anybody have any info on getting rid of oxidization (SP) on a hypalon raft?

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Anybody have any info on getting rid of oxidization (SP) on a hypalon raft?
If it is truley oxidized throw it away. If its just dirty, clean it or live with it. Tolulene / MEK speed wipe will remove most surface crap. Pay attention to speed wipe.
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White and hazy? Then a little 303 outta do it for you. If it's needs more then try some of the inflatable cleaner from nrs.
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Use MEK to take the oxidation off, then hit it with 303 -it'll look good as new in no time.
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I have had really good results removing oxidation using "Inflatable boat cleaner" and a soft bristle brush. They sell the stuff next to the 303 around here. It is slightly caustic so you have to be careful not to let it sit too long. Not nearly as destructive as mek though.
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So i found that the MEK is working best.. But I only have half a chafer done and my fingers a raw and my arm is sore. Any ideas on speeding up the proccess? I am just using a rag right now. Should I use something that is a little more abbrasive?
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my fingers a raw
MEK is toxic stuff. Be sure to wear solvent proof gloves and use it only in a well ventilated area. A gallon of MEK is fairly cheap at a paint store.
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Don't think I would go with anything more abrasive as the mek is softening/dissolving the top layer of your hypalon allowing you to wipe it away. If you used a brush it might be possible for you to remove more than you want. Like wiw said that stuff is highly toxic wear gloves and get a fan moving some air. Good luck!
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repair cleaner wheel

On every raft I repair, I use a couple of tools I bought from Man of Rubber. They have a brush that takes the glue off the boat after patching, and might work well for your repair. You just have to put it in your drill and clean away. It works well for me, but make sure only to use the cleaning brush and not the abrasive one, otherwise you will end up with a bunch of holes in the boat. Here is a link to their site for the wheel: https://store.whitewatergear.com/raf...-up-wheel.html
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MEK as a cleaner? That shit is eating away a layer of the boat. I have found that Simple Green works better than inflatable boat cleaner and it's also cheaper. Spray it on while wet, let it sit a while and scrub with a medium stiff brush. It takes some elbow grease but it's better than stripping a layer off.
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