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What Products Should I Use to Restore My Old Inflatable?


Peter asked:

Dinghy Protection. Do you guys make anything I can apply to my Achilles dinghy which is exposed to the elements 24/7 during the summer. It is an older dinghy but still serviceable, but I am trying to stretch its useful life.


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Before you can put anything on your inflatable, you have to make sure that it is clean, stain free and the surface is not oxidized.

If you have any fouling on the bottom, spray it with Inflatable Bottom Spray. Let it sit for about 20 minutes and that should get the fouling off. Next, use Speed Clean and a Marine Power Mitt, sponge or scrub brush to get the boat clean and deoxidized. This should get any stains out and bring up the original color. If you boat is a RIB, you can also use the Speed Clean on the hull and for cleaning the non-skid floor.

When your boat is as clean and bright as you can get it, apply 2 coats of Poly Guard to the tubes. If the boat is going to spend any amount of time in the water, apply 2 coats of Repelin below the waterline. You can use this on the tubes, rigid hull and the lower leg of you outboard. (Do not apply to the prop as it will cause it to slip too much). It will keep marine growth off and make it easier to clean. If yours is a RIB, apply 2 coats of Sure Step to the non-skid floor.

You’ll be amazed at how well these products restore your boat and make it easier to keep clean. Achilles made a good boat. When you get through, you might decide that it’s a keeper. I would even suggest that you take some before and after photos, otherwise no one will believe you.

Thanks for you question
Captain Aurora

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