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TOPIC: Deck Padding installation - UPDATE :

Deck Padding installation - UPDATE : 6 months 54 minutes ago #1


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My backordered deck padding showed up a couple days ago . I read on the Vibe gear reviews that some owners had trouble getting the 3M glue on the padding to stick to the kayak . One owner said he bought a small plastic tarp and lined it in the deck and added water for pressure to help the process of the glue to adhere . I took it one step further and added hot water in the tarp to bring the temperature up a little to help the glue . They say to wait at least 24 hours for things to cure . So I'll let ya know how things go tomorrow evening .


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Deck Padding installation 5 months 4 weeks ago #2


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Well , the hot water in the tarp idea seems to have worked very nice . All of the padding is in place and is sticking very nicely . :up:
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Deck Padding installation 5 months 4 weeks ago #3


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Very nice tips! Almost blasted a palm to my forehead, when I saw the water/tarp idea. Killed me that I never thought of that! Enjoy the newly padded deck!
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Deck Padding installation 5 months 4 weeks ago #4


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NIce install.

The 3M tape is all about prep work. It’s best to scuff lightly with a red scotch brite pads, then clean with isopropyl alcohol, then apply. The tape sticks, plain and simple. Many vehicle manufacturers use it to hold exterior moldings on and it’s a pain to remove when installed properly.

You are dealing with a new, clean boat so you should be in better shape than most. Also I like the water and tarp idea. Nice constant pressure. The warm water will make the sea deck pliable, especially, around the edges where you would likely see it curling the in the future. I’ll have to remember that idea for my next cold weather bed liner install.
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Deck Padding installation 5 months 4 weeks ago #5


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Thanks guys . I wish I could take credit , but I got the water/tarp idea off of a review from customers that bought the padding . Ok , I will take credit for the hot water part , but only because someone mentioned about making sure everything was warm before applying . Oh , and I did let it set up for about 24 hours just as the reviews said to . Worked like a charm !
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Deck Padding installation 5 months 3 weeks ago #6


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Looks great. :up:
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Deck Padding installation 5 months 3 weeks ago #7


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Good work dude! Some great ideas :up:
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Deck Padding installation 5 months 3 weeks ago #8


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Thanks guys . Just hope it helps others doing the same install . :up:
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Deck Padding installation 3 months 2 weeks ago #9


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Never heard of that trick before. Good to hear it works well for you.
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Deck Padding installation 3 months 2 weeks ago #10


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UPDATE :

The padding held in well for about 2 months . I store the kayaks upside down on a trailer rack . We got a heat wave of weather in the upper 90s and the padding started falling off one at a time on to the trailer deck over the course of a week . I'll assume it's the glue that is the problem . I'm going to research some epoxies and see if I can get something that will last . Sorry guys , I honestly thought it was working .
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