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Old 07-08-2017, 04:55 AM
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Default Softening inflatables with ATBC
I found this video a couple weeks ago and decided to try it. I bought 3 ounces of Sculpey clay softener which is what was used in the video, and added them all to an Intex whale, spread it around the inside, and then let it sit for a couple days. I couldn't leave it out laying flat, so I left it folded in a box, taking it out to lie flat at night. After a few days, it seemed to be almost completely absorbed, so I blew up the whale and the effect was instantly noticeable. It was a lot softer, stretchier, and bouncier, compared to the fins which didn't get coated with any of the softener. You know how the vinyl becomes softer and stretchier when warm? It feels like that, but constantly.

Anyways, I was curious as to whether anyone else has tried this yet. It worked very well, was inexpensive, and doesn't seem to have any downsides.

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Oh that's interesting. I assume as it makes it stretchier it'll inflate larger like heat stretching but without the damage that causes?
I might have to get some and give it a try.

Do you know if it only works on certain kinds of vinyl, or how it would react on a clear inflatable?
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Old 09-08-2017, 05:12 PM
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Oh that's interesting. I assume as it makes it stretchier it'll inflate larger like heat stretching but without the damage that causes?
I might have to get some and give it a try.

Do you know if it only works on certain kinds of vinyl, or how it would react on a clear inflatable?
They do seem to inflate larger. The only problem (with whales at least) is that there's no easy way to spread it into the fins, which means that they don't stretch as easily as the rest of the body which might cause tears.

I haven't had the chance to try it on any clear inflatables, but let me know how it goes!
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Sounds interesting but does it degrade the vinyl? That could cause leaks.
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Sounds interesting but does it degrade the vinyl? That could cause leaks.
It's weaker and stretchier but as long as you don't overinflate it too much it should be fine.
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I really really want to try this! It seems like you need a lot of ATBC to do it though and I'm not too sure where to buy it from in the quantities required. Any ideas?
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I really really want to try this! It seems like you need a lot of ATBC to do it though and I'm not too sure where to buy it from in the quantities required. Any ideas?
You don't need a lot. In the top of the thread there's a link to Amazon where you can buy a one-ounce bottle of clay softener with ATBC, and 3 ounces is plenty to make a significant difference.
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