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Good tip for hypalon dinghy repair...
Here's a tip for those needing to make patch repairs on your inflatable:
There are two types of inflatable adhesive for hypalon...two-part and one-part. The two-part is undoubtedly the strongest and the best...but not always easy to find. I find the one-part hypalon adhesive sold by West Marine et al is inferior in bond strength. What to do???
I made some calls to 3M research division, and a scientist there recommened a 3M product sold in most auto-part stores and used by most auto-glass shops (who may sell some if asked nicely). The product is "3M 8001 Windshield Adhesive". It comes in yellow or black...the yellow is less messy.
After his suggestion, I bought some and tried it on my own hypalon dinghy repair...my oarlocks needed gluing back down to the pontoon and oarlocks, as you know, undergo a LOT of strain. Previously I had tried West Marine's one-part Hypalon repair adhesive for this same repair job and it lasted maybe 3 days before coming completely off!
I tried the 3M 8001 and the oarlock repair has lasted 2 months so far!
The BEST thing about the windshield adhesive is that it is EXTREMELY quick drying. It is specially formulated for quick dry because windshield replacement needs a quick turnaround time in the shops.
This stuff holds like you wouldn't believe and is the next best thing to two-part and is a LOT easier to find. Try it out! Now I keep a stock of it for other future dinghy repairs. No more waiting 48 and 72 hours for a repair to cure!!!
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