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Plasti-dip experiment, a cautionary tale!

Posted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 6:33 pm
by FishnDive
I decided to have a play with a few cans of plasti-dip to do the tips on my PF 525. Pretty simple product to use. I cleaned and prepped the ski and masked off where I wanted the seam. Quick run around with the stanley knife before lifting the masking and it turned out fine I was happy with the end result.
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This afternoon I managed to get out for a paddle, the first since I did the tips and the sounder install. Launched at Millers into a mild chop and about a k into the paddle, the seam where the plasti-dip ends on the rear of the ski lifted and began to act like a sea anchor. It lifted the whole way to the tail without tearing and made for a nice slog to the nearest beach. Luckily it happened close to home, you'd be surprised the amount of drag it created. If it was much further out I would have had to go for a swim to sort it out and the water was only 15 degrees. The front end was fine as the water was running the other way over the seam. The end verdict was that I like the colour, but I'll go with a paint next time.
Tail end.jpg
I'll do a sounder install post a bit later.

Re: Plasti-dip experiment, a cautionary tale!

Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 9:25 am
by Indiedog
I've seen guys who use this on rims etc but not in a location where it would experience load and or rubbing (if you drag it on the beach for example). I suspect it would not last long in those situations.

Did you scuff the glass in the areas you applied? Was it sand abrasion that made it lift? Or just didn't stick well and the water drag peeled it away?

For what it's worth, it looks good. :)

Re: Plasti-dip experiment, a cautionary tale!

Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 9:56 pm
by FishnDive
Indiedog wrote:
Mon May 01, 2017 9:25 am
I've seen guys who use this on rims etc but not in a location where it would experience load and or rubbing (if you drag it on the beach for example). I suspect it would not last long in those situations.

Did you scuff the glass in the areas you applied? Was it sand abrasion that made it lift? Or just didn't stick well and the water drag peeled it away?

For what it's worth, it looks good. :)
It is the same stuff as Rodney used to do the orange tip on his ski. I didn't do any sanding just cleaned and acetoned the surface prior to application.The product is designed to stick to itself more than the surface its sprayed on and is able to be peeled off. Rodney's hasn't had any issues being on the front of the ski - my front was fine too. The water was enough to lift the rear end, I just hadn't considered it occuring - Lesson learned!

Re: Plasti-dip experiment, a cautionary tale!

Posted: Tue May 02, 2017 9:24 am
by Marty
Thanks for letting us know.

P.S. do you ever get your line tangled in your transducer hanging off the back?

Re: Plasti-dip experiment, a cautionary tale!

Posted: Tue May 02, 2017 12:16 pm
by zarbs
Maybe you were paddling too fast :lol: :lol:

Re: Plasti-dip experiment, a cautionary tale!

Posted: Tue May 02, 2017 2:12 pm
by FishnDive
Marty wrote:
Tue May 02, 2017 9:24 am
Thanks for letting us know.

P.S. do you ever get your line tangled in your transducer hanging off the back?
I've just installed it so I'll keep you posted. I figured it would cause less drag tucked in back there and it folds up onto the rear deck if needed.

Re: Plasti-dip experiment, a cautionary tale!

Posted: Sat May 06, 2017 3:09 pm
by cheaterparts
nice tranny bracket mate it should catch the green peel of paint nicely saves dropping in the bay
zarbs wrote:
Tue May 02, 2017 12:16 pm
Maybe you were paddling too fast :lol: :lol:
no it will be something else - I've seen Eoin paddle - speed wont be the problem :roll:

Re: Plasti-dip experiment, a cautionary tale!

Posted: Sat May 06, 2017 4:29 pm
by FishnDive
cheaterparts wrote:
Sat May 06, 2017 3:09 pm
nice tranny bracket mate
Nicer than the bloke that made it :lol:


cheaterparts wrote:
Sat May 06, 2017 3:09 pm
no it will be something else - I've seen Eoin paddle - speed wont be the problem :roll:
I've heard you have dropped down to a 150cm paddle and can still put it in at your ankles :lol: