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Steel Flex

Postby snipeshooter » Sun May 27, 2007 4:40 pm

I put steel flex super slick on my hull this week. This stuff is so slick I can push the boat around on the trailer with one hand. Have not had a chance to try it on the marsh yet . If anyone is going to do there hull may I suggest useing a 6" putty knife to spread it. It was much easier with that than trying to do it with a brush. I am thinking about getting some hydro turf for the inside next, has anyone put this stuff down before?
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Postby kg4yus » Sun May 27, 2007 5:58 pm

Jim,
I have had alot of experience with Hydroturf. Not worth the price in my opinion

I have used on Numerous Jet Ski's I can tell iyou ts hard on your feet and knees if bare skinned.

The padding I have in my boat last longer is a hell of alot cheaper, weighs less, can be bought at lowes and is sunlight and gas resistant. It comes in battleship gray and takes paint well. Comes in pack of 4-2x2 interlocking matts, trims easily with scissors or pocket knife

Ok just searched them on Lowes website they have green and black now as well as the gray
http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=p ... =0+5001845
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Postby snipeshooter » Sun May 27, 2007 7:11 pm

Thanks for the info Winston. I will go down to Lowes and check it out. Does it hold water?
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Postby kg4yus » Sun May 27, 2007 7:13 pm

Nope it doesnt hold water.

I had it in the boat when we hunted george and at mudfest.
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Postby snipeshooter » Sun May 27, 2007 7:20 pm

Did you glue it down?
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Postby kg4yus » Sun May 27, 2007 7:24 pm

No, during hunting season I have enough crap on top of it to hold it down.
On the way down for mudfest I wish I had.

If you do glue it , Elmers contact cement will work fine
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Postby DUCKWHACKER » Mon May 28, 2007 6:17 pm

Nice find Winston and priced right too. :thumbsup:
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Postby kg4yus » Mon May 28, 2007 6:35 pm

Well look what the cat dragged in...

Good to see you whacker.

I was searching for something to put on the bottom of my boat to help deaden noise and give some better footing. I was in Lowes in Gainesville one afternoon and found the commercial rubber floormats. Cheap enough but were heavy as hell. Searched around alittle more and found the ones mentioned above.
I love em!
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Postby DUCKWHACKER » Tue May 29, 2007 4:00 am

Been kinda busy tryin' to catch up since turkey season ended. Even started workin' on the boat ...again. Who knows, I may even finish it this time. :biggrin:
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Postby Evil_McNasty » Wed May 30, 2007 9:58 am

Where can you get super slick?
--Hunters don't care about nature, but loony animal activists who've never been outside of San Francisco do??!!
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Postby snipeshooter » Wed May 30, 2007 10:13 am

Try Fascoepoxies.com They are in Hialeah.
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Postby Evil_McNasty » Wed May 30, 2007 11:36 am

Did you roll it on? Brush it on?
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Postby snipeshooter » Wed May 30, 2007 2:33 pm

On the gator trax I started with a brush but it did not work very well. I wanted it really thick so I used a 6" plastic putty knife and this worked very good. I then had some left over that I put on a old gheenoe that I used a roller on. The roller spreads it good but not as thick as I wanted on the other boat. If you are not concerned about how thick the coating is a roller would be the easiest to use.
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Postby Evil_McNasty » Wed May 30, 2007 2:41 pm

Dang that sounds like a good idea. I also have a Gator Trax and would like to add something if it would help jumping dikes. Very interesting......
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Postby snipeshooter » Wed May 30, 2007 3:14 pm

That is the main reason that I put it on there. I also had some cracks from hitting things on the marsh. I had them welded up and figured the steel flex would give me some protection from debris in the water.
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Postby kg4yus » Wed May 30, 2007 3:37 pm

"Jumping" over earthen structures (Dikes) will shorten the life of the application just by pure abrasive nature, keep this in mind.

Steel Flex shines in mud and excessively thick vegetation though.
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Postby Evil_McNasty » Tue Jun 05, 2007 7:34 am

Exactly, better the application wear out than the aluminum hull. :thumbsup:
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Postby snipeshooter » Sat Jun 09, 2007 12:24 pm

I tried out the steel flex today. I loaded and un loaded the boat with out haveing any part pf the bunks under the water very easily, it slid right off with one push. It felt like we were going faster when we were in the pure mud no water but didnot have a gps to see what the speeds were. The water is still to low to try any dike crossings out there. Over all I think it is worth the time and effort to put it on.
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Postby snipeshooter » Sun Aug 12, 2007 10:43 am

I had a durability test today. Bounced over a large section of a old dock that had floated in to the edge of the marsh this morning. It knocked a small chip out of the steelflex about 1/4" by 1/4" but no hull damage.
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Postby kg4yus » Sun Aug 12, 2007 6:57 pm

Theres a gallon sitting in Deleon Springs with my name on it.
Its going on both boats (Big water and Mudboat)
Question for Jim, is it (steel flex) still the green color and dont you want to come up and help me do it. How bad does it "run" I can hang the boat in a lift and paint it on from underneath but I don think the folks at G-Town marina would like the stuff dripping in the water in their basin too much :lol:
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Postby snipeshooter » Mon Aug 13, 2007 10:28 am

Winston you have to add a pigment to get the green color, I think the pigment was about 5.00. It is fairly thick but does run easily. I think you are going to need to turn the boat over and mask off where you don't want it to go, You can also get a thicker coat by doing this and pouring it on the hull then spreading it and smoothing it kinda like finishing concrete.
For a thin coat on the fiberglass boat I did Irolled it on but still had to turn it over and mask the sides off. Any time you need some help just let me know. :smile:
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