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old vinal boat top

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06-28-05, 12:46 PM   #1  
old vinal boat top

My dad And I are trying to fix up his boat, the vinal top was rolled up for about eight years and is really stiff. is there any way to make the vinal more plyable or is it a loss?

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06-29-05, 02:24 AM   #2  
Just from experience and the information you've provided, I would recommend using the old vinyl top only as a pattern for a new one. These materials just a few years ago are so incredibly inferior to today's technology, it's not worth trying to keep. These days the materials are manufactured with new placticizers and UV protectants that weren't even invented a few years ago.

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06-29-05, 04:44 AM   #3  
captwally may be right in that it will need replacement.
You can try to soften it to unroll by spraying warm/hot tapwater.

Make sure that if you use a garden hose that you do not turn off the nozzle while the hose is hot.
Home garden hoses cannot take the heat and will burst under pressure.

GregH.........HVAC/R Tech

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07-04-05, 09:19 AM   #4  
very litle extra cash to work with, its not pretty but it still keeps the sun of my dads bald head. We just got the motor to run. (should of asked for advice on that ). we think its ready to go into the water.

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