Inflatable Boats Maintenance

The Hard Parts The hard parts of an inflatable boat are the wooden and metal parts. Take care to clean these parts with stiff brush and soap. If there are scratches and abrasions that are deep enough to penetrate the hard parts, then you need to repair any break in the finish to control damage. Wood Parts Breaks on the wooden parts admit water that will warp and rot the wood. There are two types of finishing for the wooden part of a boat: polyurethane varnish or enamel paint. Here is a broad guideline on how to go about it. Varnished Surfaces.

Varnished surfaces are either polyurethane or polyester finish varnish. These finishing looks great especially if the boat has about 20 coats of varnish. If the boat s finish is polyurethane you can touch up the shallow abrasions with a small brush applying marine grade polyurethane varnish. If your boat s finish is polyester, tough luck as your only option is to strip the polyester varnish and start from scratch because no one makes polyester varnish and polyurethane will not adhere to polyester anymore. If you have no idea how to strip and repaint your boat, it is best that you have someone knowledgeable do it. The fabric part of the boat cannot be compromised with even a drop of the wood stripper.

There are probably very few boats that have polyester varnish now and their owners probably are seasoned yacht s men who know how to mask the boat, strip the wood, surrender, lunch with denatured alcohol, surrender again, then apply a good coat of marine polyurethane finish. The more coats you apply, the better it is for the good-aesthetic-wise and durability-wise. An easy way to treat damaged polyurethane and polyester houses is to soak them in boiled linseed oil. The linseed oil will not repair the rugged look of your boat but it will penetrate through the scratches and therefore protect the wood.

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