Why was Hypalon discontinued?

Hypalon production was discontinued by its original manufacturer, DuPont, back in 2009. This was due to production safety reasons and environmental considerations. For one, when Hypalon burns it releases highly toxic fumes.

How long do Hypalon inflatable boats last?

Hypalon (CSM) boats usually last 7-15 years, but can last as many as 20 years.

Is Hypalon still available?

Hypalon was discontinued by its manufacturer (DuPont) and is now sold under its slightly different formula and new name “CSM” or Chlorosulfonated Polyethylene Rubber.

What boats do the Navy Seals use?

The Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat is a high-speed, high-buoyancy, extreme-weather craft with the primary mission of SEAL insertion/extraction and a secondary mission of marine interdiction operations. The RHIB is also used by U.S. Navy sailors for visit board and search operations at sea.

Is Hypalon waterproof?

Hypalon (CSM) is a premium-grade synthetic rubber manufactured from chlorosulfonated polyethylene (CSPE). Hypalon is chemical and flame resistant, handles temperature extremes and is resistant to ultraviolet light and abrasion. It’s waterproof and extremely durable, making it suitable for many applications.

What material are Zodiac inflatables made of?

Zodiacs Are Made from Strongan

Inflatables are made from 1 of 2 different materials: Hypalon (a rubber fabric) or PVC. It is important to know which material was used to construct an inflatable before you set out to repair it.

How long do Zodiac boats last?

In general, if you do not look after your Zodiac boat (by rinsing off the saltwater and keeping it protected from the sun), it will only have a life span of up to 5 years (if you’re lucky). However, if a Zodiac boat is well cared for, it can last up to 10-15 years and possibly even longer.

What is Hypalon fabric?

Hypalon is a chlorosulfonated polyethylene (CSPE) synthetic rubber (CSM) noted for its resistance to chemicals, temperature extremes, and ultraviolet light. It was a product of DuPont Performance Elastomers, a subsidiary of DuPont.

What is the best glue for Hypalon?

Clifton Hypalon® Adhesive FA4844 is your best choice for unsurpassed adhesion. We use it when building our Pennel Orca® boats and highly recommend it. For an even stronger bond and faster cure time, mix with Clifton Hypalon Accelerator, Item # 38702.01.

Can you use PVC glue on Hypalon?

PVC glue will work on both PVC and Hypalon boats without any adverse reactions, the bond just won’t be as strong on the Hypalon.

How do you fix inflatable Hypalon?

Can you leave an inflatable boat inflated?

Interestingly enough, it’s recommended that you store your inflatable boat inflated. Yes, it takes up more storage space that way, but it also protects your boat in several different ways: It protects the tubing from getting punctured by a sharp object, which is easier when it’s deflated.

How do you clean Hypalon?

How do you fix a leaking seam on an inflatable boat?

What kind of glue do you use an inflatable boat?

Solvent Primers are used to ensure a clean grease free surface and helps the bonding process especially with PVC fabrics. Polymarine Adhesives are known in the marine trade as one of the best glues for all repairs and construction.

How do you seal a hole in an inflatable?

Cut out a small strip of adhesive tape, so you have it ready to use when you blow up the inflatable again. You can always ask someone to pass it to you to make things easier. What is this? Blow up the inflatable again and quickly seal the puncture with the tape.

Does Gorilla Tape work on inflatables?

If you joined the ranks of the disappointed floaters this summer, we’ve got some #GorillaTough news for you: Crystal Clear Gorilla Tape is perfect for repairing pool inflatables and pool covers.