Re: [baidarka] Water Cured AU

Bill Low (
Mon, 25 May 1998 20:46:12 -0400

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Subject: Re: [baidarka] Water Cured AU
Date: Mon, 25 May 1998 20:46:12 -0400


As most know I have been a proponent of AU for quite a while. I have been
using UA-75 with very good results. I was very interested in your comment
that you though 330/420 was superior to UA-75. Could you expand on your
comments. How was it better, color, abrasion resitance and so forth. Also
where do you get it and what is the shelf life and cost. Is it as nasty as
UA-75 to life and limb. How do you protect yourself from the fumes and
toxicity. Because I have used it a lot and plan on doing so in the future I
am always interested in how others deal with it.

Any comments would be appreciated.


Bill Low

> From: Brian McDaniel <>
> To:
> Subject: Re: [baidarka] Water Cured AU
> Date: Monday, May 25, 1998 12:57 PM
> Howdy.
> I throw in my two cents from time to time, this time to support AU as
> the coating of choice. So far, I have successfully treated both 14 oz &
> 10.5 oz nylon with AU. The 14 oz was treated with Smith & Co
> (510-237-6842) 330/420 AU. The 10 oz was treated with Gacoflex UA-75
> product. The coatings have been subject to several years of abraison;
> washing across reefs (aggressive enough to tear copper-strip skid from
> the hull below the bow stem bulkhead), being thrown and ground against
> walls of barnacles and mussells in rock gardens and numerous rocky beach
> medium-surf landings. The 330/420 product is superior to the UA-75 by
> every observation. Both are, by my observation, superior to
> hypalon/neoprene coatings. A note on U.V. degradation: after three
> years of full exposure to the sunlight, of the three coatings in my
> backyard only the 330/420 shows no effects.
> TUFLEX sounds interesting...
> Regards,
> Brian