Features June 2010 Issue

Inflatable Boat Coatings Long-term Test Launched

A look at the application, adhesion, and abrasion resistance of some topside paints for dinghies opens our evaluation of the coatings’ durability and UV resistance.

Topside paints for inflatable boats, in general, have a poor reputation for durability. Practical Sailor checked out a selection of coatings for Hypalon and PVC fabrics to see which one would best stand up to the tests of time on the water—and under the sun. Testers coated PVC and Hypalon panels with dinghy paints from MDR-Amazon, Synergy Research Corp. (Tuff Coat), Inland Marine, Polymarine (Flexithane and Superflex), and Flexdel Corp. (Flexabar Buoy Coating).

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