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Old 05-07-2019   #1
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Best Paint for Inflatable rafts and kayaks?

What’s is the best paint to use for a inflatable ?

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Old 05-09-2019   #2
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I am working on this myself. I have narrowed it down to what I believe are the best two. System 6 coatings that can be purchased at or a product called liquid rubber sold by Inland Marine.

I have not yet had the chance to discuss this with someone at the Man of Rubber River Gear place.

I have spoken to folks at Inland Marine and West Marine who have had some significant experience repairing Hypalon rafts for use as yacht tenders which would seem to be a consistent cross over.

My raft is a urethane raft though and I m unsure if the epoxy paint sold by River Gear might be better.
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Old 05-09-2019   #3
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Gacoflex, if you can find it. As with all painting, 90% is prep, 10% application. Have had decent results rolling it after thinning (about 20-25%), but best if you have access to sprayer and can go really lightly with several coats (up to 40% thinner). Don't paint in bright sun and allow at least 48-72 hours cure time after application. Good luck!
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