View Full Version : removing underwater strainer

12-30-2010, 05:21 PM
I have a 2003 X2 and am trying to remove the damaged underwater strainer. I got the hose disconnected but it appears the strainer is glued in to the hull. I have knocked on it from the top side with hammer, but am afraid it could come off removing gel coat. Thinking it may take heat. Any thoughts?

12-31-2010, 08:47 AM
I replaced the plastic drain plug fitting on my 07 x2 with a non stripping bronze one. I used a heat gun and a dull putty knife to gently work my way around the fitting until I was able to pop it out. Took all of about 10 minutes. The key is to take your time and focus on the fitting not the hull. The heat gun will soften up the sealant enough to cut through it and pry the fitting out.

12-31-2010, 10:47 AM
heating from topside or bottomside? thanks for the reply

12-31-2010, 12:29 PM
I heated the bottom side but was real careful not to get direct heat on the gelcoat. My heat gun gets real hot quick and could just imagine what it would do to it with direct heat. I also tried to keep the gun moving on the fitting as to not heat it up in one place too much. Once I had it hot I used a thin flexible putty knife to get between the sealant and the fitting.

On your fitting you may want to see if you can stick a screwdriver between the vains and twist it to loosen it up.

12-31-2010, 06:06 PM
this thing has glue coming into the inside as well - looks like they never intended it to be replaced - I'll try the heat gun, see where I get with that. thanks

01-03-2011, 11:53 AM
any idea what temp to use heat gun at (I know, as low as possible) - but are we talking 200 d or 1000?

01-03-2011, 02:46 PM
Not quite sure. I just have the cheapo cargo freight heat gun that has two temps. I had it on high to start with to get things rolling then backed it off to low to keep the sealant soft while working the fitting loose.

01-03-2011, 03:28 PM
hope it works - that drain plug is a lot smaller than this strainer I think - this think is about 5 inches long and coated in glue - look forward to seeing how it goes.