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Old 12-11-2016, 11:59 PM
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Swim Brackets Revamp!

Hi all,
not sure about you, but my swim brackets looked terrible (see pics below)! Its definitely the MCOCD kicking in full throttle. Brand new these brackets cost $350.00, my process cost under $90.00.

Here is what you need if you plan to attempt:

1. 3M marine adhesive $14.00
2. small wire brush for your hand held drill $1.90 at home depot
3. a powder coat guy $70.00 (varies per location)

The process
1. remove brackets from swim deck and bracket holder from boat.
2. Drop them off to a powder coat guy, he will blast and paint. Keep in mind these are aluminum castings, out gassing will happen. you cant get away from it. Looks like a rough orange peel.
3. clean off the screws with your wire brush and a vise.
4. to re-install use the 3M marine adhesive on the transom, I went heavy.
5. let it dry for 24 hours

its really easy, and it looks great! let me know if you have any questions.
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Old 12-12-2016, 12:49 AM
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That looks great! I have been wanting to do this for 2 years.
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Old 12-12-2016, 01:03 PM
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Yep that looks great. I see that issue more in boats that stay in or near the water.
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Old 12-12-2016, 02:04 PM
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Swim Brackets Revamp!

Very nice, have you had them put together yet?

I've been looking at doing this for a month or so but wondered if the thickness of the coat would cause any issues. Thinking about dropping off the doghouse vent and handle and the pylon along with it.


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Old 12-12-2016, 08:40 PM
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looks awesome - on my list now...
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Old 12-12-2016, 10:07 PM
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did you use the 5200 3m - looks good
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Old 12-12-2016, 11:13 PM
07OrangeX2 07OrangeX2 is offline
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the two mating parts fit great with plenty of room to spare. You can see the gap it in the second picture. I would not be worried about the thickness of the powder coat.

I used the 3M 5200 adhesive which is permanent, there is also 3M 4200 that is removable.
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Old 12-14-2016, 10:02 PM
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Do the brackets screw into the transom fiberglass, or is there a mounting plate on the other side?

Looks great!


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Old 12-18-2016, 08:37 PM
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On the 07 X2 it goes right into the fiberglass.

I'm sure it eventually connects to a mounting plate if you dig from the inside.
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