Rudder Coated with Bed Liner

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Rudder Coated with Bed Liner

Postby jrowan » Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:44 am

I have had great luck with bed liner on other projects. Do you believe that spray on bed liner would create enough drag to hurt the boats performance?
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Re: Rudder Coated with Bed Liner

Postby bkmail » Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:46 am

What is your reason for doing this?
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Re: Rudder Coated with Bed Liner

Postby jrowan » Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:52 am

I had to do some bodywork on my rudders and need to paint them. Bed liner would cover my mediocore bodywork skills better than paint. I am just concerned that the texture may create drag. I hope it would be so miner that I wouldn't notice. Looking for some advice.

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Re: Rudder Coated with Bed Liner

Postby Gary S » Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:45 am

Spend more time on body work and paint. It will look a whole lot better and you don't have to worry about drag.

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Re: Rudder Coated with Bed Liner

Postby Deano » Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:05 am

I tend to agree, that wouldn't be my first choice either. However to answer your question . . .
jrowan wrote:. . . Do you believe that spray on bed liner would create enough drag to hurt the boats performance?

I do not believe the performance penalty would be measurably noticeable, though. Compared to other causes of puny performance, I wouldn't consider it as a source of heartburn until after everything else was perfect. 1/4" smaller squares on your cage wire would probably make a bigger difference.

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Re: Rudder Coated with Bed Liner

Postby jrowan » Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:09 am

I'm just hoping to create a durable surface without hurting performance to much. Thanks Deano! I've picked up a lot of valuable information from your comments in the past so I'm very grateful that you took the time to answer my post.
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Re: Rudder Coated with Bed Liner

Postby THE NIGHT RIDER » Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:54 am

We all learn when deano chimes in .

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Re: Rudder Coated with Bed Liner

Postby skinnypockets » Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:34 pm

Another thought, the demples in a golf ball reduces drag and allows the ball to travel futher, could the bed liner have the same effect on a rudder?
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Re: Rudder Coated with Bed Liner

Postby Lwells » Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:52 pm

Have you thought about putting a little colored dye in some fiberglass and spraying or rolling it on the rudders. It would be slick after you sanded and buffed it. Or , what about polyurethane in something that would make them look like wood and be harder than a rock and slicker than snot.LOL Just some thoughts. But I have to agree with the above post to get better with your body work.LOL

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Re: Rudder Coated with Bed Liner

Postby jrowan » Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:34 am

I went back over the rudder with Bondoglass, sanded and painted. Smoothed them out nicely. Thanks

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Re: Rudder Coated with Bed Liner

Postby Gary S » Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:46 am

The right way.

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Re: Rudder Coated with Bed Liner

Postby KC5AKB » Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:03 am

What about a rudder wrap ?
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Re: Rudder Coated with Bed Liner

Postby helicsher » Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:38 am

Cut them in half, then put them back together with flex tape!
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