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Jerseydave
01-28-2007, 08:49 AM
I have a black fiberglass platform, so before it gets all scratched-up from wakeboards how can I protect it around the edges?

I thought of black electrical tape, kind of ghetto though.
Does someone make clear film that can be attached and trimmed-out to fit around the entire edge of the platform?

Same for the transom, clear film might work to protect that as well.

bigmac
01-28-2007, 09:53 AM
I have a black fiberglass platform, so before it gets all scratched-up from wakeboards how can I protect it around the edges?

I thought of black electrical tape, kind of ghetto though.
Does someone make clear film that can be attached and trimmed-out to fit around the entire edge of the platform?

Same for the transom, clear film might work to protect that as well.

I put some edge trim (http://www.jcwhitney.com/autoparts/Product/tf-Browse/s-10101/Pr-p_Product.CATENTRY_ID:2008663/p-2008663/N-111+10201+600003824/c-10101) around the lower edge of the platform. I had several chips in the lower edge from my hydrofoil strut hitting it, so I repaired them and put the edging around over the edge and secured with Goop Marine glue. It appears to be pretty high quality - nice heavy, flexible vinyl with internal edge seals and aluminum internally. I'm satisfied that it looks OK.

http://mccollister.info/swim platform/edge2.jpg

http://mccollister.info/swim platform/edge.jpg

As to protective film. I have used Snider Paintguard (http://www.aerostich.com/product.php?productid=16210&cat=283&page=2)on my boat and motorcycle fender and it works great. I'm not sure how well it would stick on a swim platform exposed to water flow, however.

TMCNo1
01-28-2007, 10:07 AM
This is also available,
http://www.clearmask.com/online_store.php?ad=google_comp&gclid=CIKHgbOxg4oCFSPngAodIypIMA
And another,
http://www.empireclearshield.com/

Any of the films should stick OK as long as they are applied properly, just like your decals will stick and not come off.

TMCNo1
01-28-2007, 10:16 AM
I put some edge trim (http://www.jcwhitney.com/autoparts/Product/tf-Browse/s-10101/Pr-p_Product.CATENTRY_ID:2008663/p-2008663/N-111+10201+600003824/c-10101) around the lower edge of the platform. I had several chips in the lower edge from my hydrofoil strut hitting it, so I repaired them and put the edging around over the edge and secured with Goop Marine glue. It appears to be pretty high quality - nice heavy, flexible vinyl with internal edge seals and aluminum internally. I'm satisfied that it looks OK.

http://mccollister.info/swim platform/edge2.jpg

http://mccollister.info/swim platform/edge.jpg

As to protective film. I have used Snider Paintguard (http://www.aerostich.com/product.php?productid=16210&cat=283&page=2)on my boat and motorcycle fender and it works great. I'm not sure how well it would stick on a swim platform exposed to water flow, however.



Bigmac, this company I have done business with, has trim for most any application and is one of the most popular manufacturers out there,
http://www.trimlok.com/

wakebrdr142
01-28-2007, 10:23 AM
If it were me I would just let it get scratched. I am usually protectaholic, cleanaholic, fall over dead if you scratch my crap kinda guy, but scratches are just going to happen on a fiberglass platform. Maybe look into a teak platform? Scratch them then restore them.

DemolitionMan
01-28-2007, 10:51 AM
My response is take it back and get a teak one.

TX.X-30 fan
01-28-2007, 11:15 AM
My response is take it back and get a teak one.


Teak is just plain classy looking. :cool: :cool:

dapicatti
01-28-2007, 01:34 PM
Teak is just plain classy looking. :cool: :cool:
As long as you oil it! Right Harold?:D

TMCNo1
01-28-2007, 01:43 PM
As long as you oil it! Right Harold?:D


That's right, they make it for a reason and that's to be put on platforms and not in bus gas tanks!:eek:

bigmac
01-28-2007, 07:27 PM
Bigmac, this company I have done business with, has trim for most any application and is one of the most popular manufacturers out there,
http://www.trimlok.com/

I looked at them, found their web site but they only sell in 250 foot lengths minimum. Are you suggesting a group buy, Harold? ;)

Actually, the stuff I bought from JC Whitney is from TrimLock, but JCW sells it in 20 foot lengths.

bigmac
01-28-2007, 07:29 PM
Teak is just plain classy looking. :cool: :cool:

I know it's hard to believe, but there are actually some MasterCraft owners out there, even some on this board, who don't care for teak swim platforms at all.;)

Jerseydave
01-28-2007, 07:37 PM
Thanks, guys. Harold, that 3M clear film should be the ticket.

I'll try some on the platform edges first and if I like it I'll put some on the transom to protect any bumps from wakeboards.

I love teak, but hate the upkeep. Fiberglass looks great on the x-star, goes with the more modern look IMO. Teak goes better with the early 90's and older MC's. (everyone's teak should look like Harolds) :D