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Old 01-04-2019   #1
 
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Sunburnt Aire

Hey everyone, I purchased a 143E this fall that spent quite a bit of it's 10 years on a trailer in the sun. The top 1/3 or so is fairly sun burnt, the rest is nice and pliable. I have two concerns going forward 1. Minimizing further damage. 2. Keeping the fabric from cracking when handled in cool temperatures, it gets brittle under 60 or so. One though I've had is to install chaffers on top to block the sun and cause the fabric to crinkle to a larger radius when handled in cool temperatures to minimize cracking. 303 is definitely in it's future, I plan to put sideboards on my frame and a Bimini for desert rivers. I've attached some photos of my rig What are your thoughts for my situation?
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Old 01-04-2019   #2
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a urethane paint job? but that would likely cost more than the boat is worth. I would not recommend trying to glue on a big ass chafer, first you are gluing to toasty material (not a good Idea) cause the surface you are glueing to is losing its integrity. Second, gluing a huge chafer is very very hard to do. Best bet is to 303d the hell out of it and count it as a lesson learned on used boat buying.

It is what it is, you bought a sunbaked boat. 303d it and it should still last several more years.

If you might want to share the pain, what did you pay for that?
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a urethane paint job? but that would likely cost more than the boat is worth. I would not recommend trying to glue on a big ass chafer, first you are gluing to toasty material (not a good Idea) cause the surface you are glueing to is losing its integrity. Second, gluing a huge chafer is very very hard to do. Best bet is to 303d the hell out of it and count it as a lesson learned on used boat buying.

It is what it is, you bought a sunbaked boat. 303d it and it should still last several more years.

If you might want to share the pain, what did you pay for that?
I've heard urethane won't stick well to dried out PVC but I've never played with it so I don't know for sure.

I am an hour Stitches N Stuff and Jack's so I'd thought about having one of them do chafers.

I paid $900 for the boat with 3 thwarts, 3 Carslile oars, 5 paddles, NRS frame, throw bag and the obligatory cruddy Igloo cooler. How is that for an ouchey?
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Old 01-05-2019   #4
 
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First thing I would do is verify the year of manufacture (from the serial number), then I would call aire and see what they say you can do. Keeping it 303'd for UV protection is a must, as is minimizing its future sun exposure.
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$900 isnt bad for the lot...I love those E series boats.

I wouldn't worry to much, ive seen some really bad uv damaged aire boats that run shit just fine. Some good duct tape and sewing supplies will fix her up fine enough if it rips. Bladder holds the air and those things are pretty tough.
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thats a pretty good deal... I would have hit it if offered, and I already have too many aire boats. The great thing with the AIREs is that they are effectively two boats, with the airtight inner bladder, and the protective outer shell. I have seen worse, and you will be amazed at how nice it will look after a good 303ing. Give the boat a gift, get a gallon of 303, and then spray it wipe gently, wait 24 hours and hit it again. do that for a bunch of days and it will start looking like a new boat. The one thing I cannot recommend enough is to get a few spare valves and or valve rebuild kits, and the right wrenches, as the valves get older they will fail, and at the worst possible time if you do not have repair gear. It is really cheap insurance.
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Old 01-05-2019   #7
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I paid $900 for the boat with 3 thwarts, 3 Carslile oars, 5 paddles, NRS frame, throw bag and the obligatory cruddy Igloo cooler. How is that for an ouchey?
Could be worse, A couple 5-day trips and you are ahead of the game vs renting.

303d a bunch and forget about it while you save up for a few years for a replacement when the time comes.

I would not spend a bunch of money trying to get someone to work on it. If you really want to spend some more money on it, put that money you would have spent on someone dealing with chafer strips in a jar with a label that says "new boat" and hide it away someplace and add a bit to it every month.
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Could be worse, A couple 5-day trips and you are ahead of the game vs renting.

303d a bunch and forget about it while you save up for a few years for a replacement when the time comes.

I would not spend a bunch of money trying to get someone to work on it. If you really want to spend some more money on it, put that money you would have spent on someone dealing with chafer strips in a jar with a label that says "new boat" and hide it away someplace and add a bit to it every month.
Solid advice, just 303, run the heck out of her, and save up for a new boat, I don't think you really got hurt.
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...Give the boat a gift, get a gallon of 303, and then spray it wipe gently, wait 24 hours and hit it again. do that for a bunch of days and it will start looking like a new boat....
Then sell it for $1000 and you've gotten $1000 worth of frame and gear for free and paid for the 303.

You paid $900 for the kit and got some ugly rubber that'll get you on the water for a few years for free. Not bad.

Enjoy!

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Old 01-06-2019   #10
 
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Thanks everyone. I ordered some NRS boat cleaner, I was going to get all the junk off first then 303, will the 303 help soften up the brittle plastic?
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