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brucepalombo 06-20-2016 12:39 PM

Gatorstep install
 
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Getting ready to install the Gatorstep flooring...from swim to bow.

brucepalombo 06-20-2016 12:40 PM

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The swim platform prep and step was a PITA to get a good clean surface

brucepalombo 06-20-2016 12:47 PM

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Here's all the pieces I'll receive

cwarndahl 06-20-2016 01:13 PM

That looks like it will be awesome. can't wait to see the completed project!

cobalt650 06-20-2016 05:05 PM

I just ordered Gatorstep-can't wait to see your pictures, and hear any advice or tips from the install!

brucepalombo 06-20-2016 07:17 PM

TJ is fantastic...he only lives about 1.5 hours away and drop off all my templates at his house.

I'll be posting the pictures and tips as I go. One reason I went with Gatorstep, when installing it, you can lift up and re-stick if you make a mistake or need to move a little. The others...you stick...you're stuck :)

brucepalombo 06-21-2016 09:22 PM

Just got done installing the gator stops. The process was fairly easy. It took me about two hours, but I'm also pretty neurotic. Here's a few suggestions

1. Clean the surface thoroughly with Windex not degreaser, but Windex. Let all the surfaces dry thoroughly. I spoke to the owner and they preferr to use Windex

2. Lay out all the pieces down and tentatively use masking tape to place them in your boat. This will get your alignment straight

3. Start with a small piece and get use to working with the materials. Slowly roll the material down and stick. If you try to lay flat, you'll get bubbles. The great part about Gatorstep, if you do get bubbles, you could peel reapply in you're good.

4. For larger pieces, just peel little of the backing back, stick and slowly peel away the backing and continuing to stick in place.

5. Once the piece is adhered to your boat, use a rolling pin to ensure that proper adhesion has taken place. Use a damp cloth (barely damp) and run your finger around the edge to ensure the edges adhere.

6. I also used a wet cloth and traced around the black inlays, this is a good way to identify if bubbles were there. You do hear a small cracking noise if bubbles are present. Just peel off and reapply. If you use your finger...it gets HOT fast...ouch...learned the hard way

7. Be cautious about stretching the material, as the edges might not come out a straight line. In some areas I've could've stretched it a little bit more, but I preferred it to be straight versus trusting my stretching skills.

8. When you're done, get your eye real close to the floor and look at it across on an angle. You'll see any minor bubbles that are bulging.

9. When I finish, I put on a pair of flat bottom flip-flops, and hopped on the gatorstep just to ensure it adhered to properly

10. Note to self, don't do it in the middle of a heat wave in California when it's 108 in your garage

brucepalombo 06-21-2016 09:26 PM

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brucepalombo 06-21-2016 09:29 PM

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Here's the interiorAttachment 145679

brucepalombo 06-21-2016 09:30 PM

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Here's the bow


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