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Old 02-13-2009, 04:57 PM
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Hustler wants $500.00 for the ladder and 2 years ago it was $250,I snoozed We tried getting the screws/bolts out of the Ladder tonight,it started cracking the fiberglass, it must have the nut style, nut inserts made into the swim platform when the boat was made,and must of been installed with no anti seize its not accessible at all. Any suggestions?
i have not messed with mine yet , but sounds like fun
might mess with it in the spring, might have to get the cuting saw out :
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Old 02-13-2009, 05:53 PM
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If an auto finish (dupont, ppg, sikkens) is used what is the tolerence to being in the water. Would being in the water for a weekend or a week cause problems?
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If an auto finish (dupont, ppg, sikkens) is used what is the tolerence to being in the water. Would being in the water for a weekend or a week cause problems?
Issue is usually with 2-stage(base-clear)vs with a single stage. A 2-stage is more prone to bubbling between clear & base coats. But, a weekend or week shouldn't be an issue.
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Drill them out with a small drillbit and then they usualy come lose !!!!!
but if it doesent come out and breaks off the head or pulls out or spins the insert.Ill have to cut into the swimplatform,

Im guessing this or a nut is made into the fiberglass
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Paint is much easier to clean than gelcoat, however I have seen paint bubble if the boat is left in the water for a long weekend.
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Old 02-15-2009, 01:43 AM
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Paint is much easier to clean than gelcoat, however I have seen paint bubble if the boat is left in the water for a long weekend.

Ed I Hadnt had any bubbleing with the factory paint on the sides.maybe it was preped right?
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Strip,

Just painted my transom.......only regrets is that the paint shop did not take out my exhaust tips because they were afraid of stripping the screws....wish they would have anyway as I would have installed new tips.....only so close they could get around the tips for sanding
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I tried many times to get Donzi to paint my transom while it was being built , no way.
Couldn't get a reason that made sense to me. Can anyone fill me in on the reason some builders don't paint the transom?
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Not trying to dog the Imron guys, good product, but is it paint for heavy equipment or dump truck beds. Use a good base coat clear coat paint. PPG, sikkens. And if you bump into something at the dock it is easily repaired.

My whole boat was painted in PPG in 2001.. it has been in Fl, and all up and down the east coast. Not a flaw in it.. PPG and a lot of clear.. I got tapped at the sarasota spring opener by another boat docking.. Piece of cake to fix can't even tell anywhere it has been touched up!!
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