The fabric can be bonded using adhesives welding equipment to save on fabrication time and to improve seam integrity.
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XR Mariner Adhesive Instructions/Adhesive Suppliers (interactive pdf)
XR-Mariner™ Product Care
Cleaning During Use
To maintain the appearance of the inflatable boat, it is highly recommended that the fabric be cleaned on a regular basis to avoid build up of excessive dirt, stains and marine growth. Care should be taken to clean the fabric thoroughly before storing the boat. General cleaning can be done through the use of most commercially available inflatable boat or vinyl cleaners. In the case of excessively stubborn dirt, a mildly abrasive cleaner like Clorox “Soft Scrub” can be used. Care should be taken to avoid excessive pressure when cleaning with abrasive cleaners to avoid producing dull areas on the fabric coating surface. It is highly recommended that before using any cleaning agents an inconspicuous spot be tested to evaluate suitability. Some commercially available inflatable boat and vinyl cleaners contain silicone based additives to aid in repelling dirt after cleaning. These types of additives might interfere in the adhesion performance of repairs and should be removed from the repair area should repair become necessary.
Excess Fabrication Adhesive Clean Up
It is recommended to mask off areas adjacent to hull attachment points, accessory location points, seams and fabric reinforcing strips, etc. to minimize post fabrication adhesive clean up and provide quality fabricated product. Excess UR 5208/CAT UR adhesive mixture and FA 1076 adhesive should be removed immediately before drying to avoid difficulty in removing as cure progresses. A clean soft cloth saturated with toluene can be utilized to remove excess adhesive extending beyond the attachment point. Extreme care should be taken to avoid damaging the fabric coating which can occur through the use of excessive contact time and pressure when cleaning with toluene. It is highly recommended that before using toluene for cleaning, an inconspicuous spot be tested on the boat to potentially avoid damaging the fabric coating.
Fabrication Dirt/Grease and Grime
Generally, dirt, grease or grim from the fabrication operation can be removed through the use of commercially available inflatable boat fabric or vinyl cleaners. In the case of excessively stubborn dirt, a mildly abrasive cleaner like Clorox “Soft Scrub” can be used to remove these types of dirt. Care should be taken to avoid excessive pressure when cleaning with abrasive cleaners to avoid producing dull areas .on the fabric coating surface. It is highly recommended that before using any cleaning agents, an inconspicuous spot be tested to evaluate suitability, to potentially avoid damaging the fabric coating.