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PostPosted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 7:46 am 
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Bought an older H16 (my first sailboat) which has neoprene rail on it that is beyond it's life expectancy. Hard and cracked all over. Any recommendations on what can I use to remove the neoprene would be appreciated. Thanks!

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 6:18 am 
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Welcome to the forum,
You can probably peel it off. If it is too crumbly then try a plastic scraper.

As to get the glue off after, Try acetone, rubbing alcohol, or Toluene. One of those should cut the glue.

I am in southern NH also maybe we can hook up once the water stops being too hard for hobie cats

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2020 6:59 pm 
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Oh man, you just reminded me that this is a chore I've got to do too. I did it once and it was an arduous task. I recall some kind of solvent and resorting to a metal scraper, goggles, gloves.... BIG chore because I wanted it to be smooth so my delicate feet and butt would not feel bumps (heard of the princess and the pea?). I was tempted to get out power equipment but I don't think I did. It's glued on essentially with contact glue/cement if it's a normal kit. What dissolves contact cement best? The good news is we only have to do this about every 10 years right?

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:15 am 
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FYI....you don't really have to remove all the old contact cement (but I would try to remove any raised bits). The solvents in the new contact cement will dissolve the old stuff enough to get a good bond. Last time I dealt with this issue, I did it this way (at Matt Bounds' suggestion, I believe). It worked well and was a LOT easier than stripping the old stuff off as I had done in the past!

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:09 pm 
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I just removed neoprene from my H18 lacquer thinner dissolved the glue just took a little rubbing where it was thick

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