Wetlander Slick Bottom

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Wetlander Slick Bottom

Post by Tbone2711 » Thu May 09, 2013 9:38 am

Anyone got some good opinions on this stuff? I've read all kinds of good about it, But, You can't believe everything on the internet! Everyone i know runs poly or Steel Flex. Just would like some honest opinions.

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Re: Wetlander Slick Bottom

Post by GMAC 76 » Thu May 09, 2013 10:12 am

i just removed the poly on my 11' glass hull, filled the holes and put wetlaner on it. it was easy to work with (i used a sponge roller for epoxy).... the primer made the hull prep minimal which was a big plus for me .... the top coat was easy to apply and it is really slick ...and only time will tell how it will hold up....only small draw back is the time you have to wait for the coatings to cure (3-5 days)....if ya havent already, get on their web site got some good info there....good luck

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Re: Wetlander Slick Bottom

Post by Tbone2711 » Thu May 09, 2013 12:33 pm

Thanks man. I already did a little cruising on their site. From what i can gather, It seems to be well worth the money. But, Like you said, Only time will tell. And that's what im worried about, If it's going to start cracking, Or coming apart in 6 months, Im gonna go with something different. But, For the price, It's kinda hard to beat.
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Re: Wetlander Slick Bottom

Post by Big Casino » Thu May 09, 2013 1:06 pm

Honestly??? ... All the slick bottom paints are pretty much within about 5% of each other for slickness and protection. I ran Frog, then Quick, now back to SteelFlex. They all will scratch and/or wear thru at some point or another, or get deep gouged by something sharp.

Dont care which brand promises what or who's daddy's cousins buddy likes what..... NONE of them protect from rocks, roots, or debris just below the mud or waterline. Recently I ran over a 100 mile river trip with a buddy. Beautiful skinny water and conditions and smooth sand just about all the way, but still managed to almost "find" me that one hidden submerged log that almost gutted my hull.

If you want physical hull protection, then go with poly. I know I need to, just still cant bring myself to drill all them damn holes. If you run the grass, then just slick up n Go...

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Re: Wetlander Slick Bottom

Post by Tbone2711 » Thu May 09, 2013 1:27 pm

Big Casino wrote:Honestly??? ... All the slick bottom paints are pretty much within about 5% of each other for slickness and protection. I ran Frog, then Quick, now back to SteelFlex. They all will scratch and/or wear thru at some point or another, or get deep gouged by something sharp.

Dont care which brand promises what or who's daddy's cousins buddy likes what..... NONE of them protect from rocks, roots, or debris just below the mud or waterline. Recently I ran over a 100 mile river trip with a buddy. Beautiful skinny water and conditions and smooth sand just about all the way, but still managed to almost "find" me that one hidden submerged log that almost gutted my hull.

If you want physical hull protection, then go with poly. I know I need to, just still cant bring myself to drill all them damn holes. If you run the grass, then just slick up n Go...

Good Luck to you, in which ever you choose.....
Thanks man. I kinda figured they were all about the same. I guess it really depends on how YOU install it. Good prep work, And the right drying times, Should be in business! And, Im just looking for something slick. Don't wanna turn my hull into swiss cheese either! :wink:
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Re: Wetlander Slick Bottom

Post by jimmyflfr » Thu May 09, 2013 1:41 pm

I've always ran 1 gal of regular steelflex $70 and then one gallon of steelflex 2000 $100 on top so close to $200 to use steelflex and it is very good stuff. I've looked at the wetlander but it does seem a bit expensive and not many people to give feedback. It does seem like good stuff by the website but of coarse they are going to make it look as good as they can on their website. I'd like to see some posts of guys that have run the stuff

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Re: Wetlander Slick Bottom

Post by Tbone2711 » Thu May 09, 2013 1:50 pm

That's the opinion i was looking for! I would really like to hear a little about all of the slick bottoms. I'm Not in a hurry to get it on there, So i'll just sit back and see who else chimes in. I've been leaning more twords Steel flex tho. Only because it took my buddy an entire day to remove it from his hull to start over (Used and abused would be putting the condition of that stuff lightly). And, The guy he got the hull from said it had been on there for years. It was still slick, Just beat up.
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Re: Wetlander Slick Bottom

Post by GMAC 76 » Thu May 09, 2013 2:01 pm

i have had a chance to run the wetlander some and compared to poly on the hill ......well there is no comparision my old heavy boat will move on dry ground about 400rpm easier than when i had poly and the old boat is diffinetly freeer running in water but like stated above there is no better hull protection than a sheet of poly.... i cannot compare any other slick bottoms cause this is my first time without poly but if this stuff holds up some ill be very happy and plus i shaved off 83# of weight which my ol 4 banger appreicated....and spent $200 instead of $1200 ..think it really depends on what kinda runnin you plan on doing but ONLY time will tell.....plus i like the 2 part thing but mabye all the slick bottoms are 2 part like i said this is my first time so im still learning

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Re: Wetlander Slick Bottom

Post by Tbone2711 » Thu May 09, 2013 2:12 pm

GMAC 76 wrote:i have had a chance to run the wetlander some and compared to poly on the hill ......well there is no comparision my old heavy boat will move on dry ground about 400rpm easier than when i had poly and the old boat is diffinetly freeer running in water but like stated above there is no better hull protection than a sheet of poly.... i cannot compare any other slick bottoms cause this is my first time without poly but if this stuff holds up some ill be very happy and plus i shaved off 83# of weight which my ol 4 banger appreicated....and spent $200 instead of $1200 ..think it really depends on what kinda runnin you plan on doing but ONLY time will tell.....plus i like the 2 part thing but mabye all the slick bottoms are 2 part like i said this is my first time so im still learning


Im not planning on running a whole lot dry, Because i'm not gonna have the boat to :angry5:
But, I will be gigging every other night! (As long as theres frogs.....) And, I just want something slick, And somewhat durable. Im not talking about jumping logs, And making 3 mile runs in sand, Just something that will hold together. I understand everything is going to scratches and chipped. Just don't want the shit to start peeling or something i myself, Did not cause. And, Saving money is always a plus in my book! :thumbleft:
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Post by fl cracker » Thu May 09, 2013 2:23 pm

I'll bring "Quick Slick "to your door step for $110 per gallon. Let me know 352-434-1267 Mark
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Re: Wetlander Slick Bottom

Post by Beef » Thu May 09, 2013 3:03 pm

I would go with quick slick but any of the others are better than wet lander and take less time to
Cure and cheaper

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Post by Tbone2711 » Thu May 09, 2013 3:18 pm

fl cracker wrote:I'll bring "Quick Slick "to your door step for $110 per gallon. Let me know 352-434-1267 Mark

For $110 a gallon, Ill get ahold of you for sure. It's gonna be a few weeks before i have the hull ready. Expect a call within the next month!
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Re: Wetlander Slick Bottom

Post by simpleman » Thu May 09, 2013 7:09 pm

always run 1 gallon regular steelflex let it dry and then scuff it up and then put one gallon of steelflex 2000 on top of that. the company that sells it is called fasco in hialeah

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Re: Wetlander Slick Bottom

Post by Tbone2711 » Thu May 09, 2013 9:59 pm

I just talked to a buddy a lil while ago. He ordered some wetlander, Did all the prep work, Rolled it on, Waited the drying/Curing period, And all that good stuff. And he said it's already pealing off! And i seen the boat, It is. I don't doubt his workmanship of installing it. But, Either he got a bad batch, Or he messed something up serious. It was coming off the Hull in the grass! Holy cow.
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Re: Wetlander Slick Bottom

Post by fl cracker » Thu May 09, 2013 10:32 pm

Tbone, It's made in New York. You can't go wrong buying products that are built for airboaters by airboaters.
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Post by renegade0540 » Thu May 09, 2013 10:34 pm

T Bone do yourself a favor and put the quickslick on, you won't be disapointed. Let me know if you need any help with the application.
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Post by Deano » Thu May 09, 2013 10:54 pm

If you stop and consider than Quickslick, Steelflex, Frog Spit, et al have been around for years and years and have a following and then consider that nobody ever even heard of Wetlander prior to two years ago, well . . . . :dontknow:

I, among others I'm sure, got a bad taste in our mouth form the way that Wetlander entered the scene a couple years ago. Most of the really irritating stuff was deleted when it got out of hand, but still some of what I'm referring to remains.

Just do a search for 'Wetlander' and then start reading from the begining. (oldest first) You won't have to read but a couple threads and you will see what I mean. Or just read one: http://www.southernairboat.com/phpBB3/v ... 0&p=359439
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Re: Wetlander Slick Bottom

Post by Tbone2711 » Thu May 09, 2013 10:58 pm

Renegade, I think i am gonna go with the Quick slick. I've heard some pretty good stuff about it. And i will deff PM you before i start the install. I knows it's cheap, but i like getting stuff done right the first time! haha

Flcracker, Idk what happened to my buddy's hull. Just bad luck i reckon. Gonna have to take it off and try something different.
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Post by Tbone2711 » Thu May 09, 2013 11:08 pm

Deano, Great point! I was kinda smelling something fishy about it. And that thread was kinda funny to read, A lot of good points made. I am deff gonna go with the quikslick. Just waiting on the $$$ story of everyone's life right? haha And, I want slick bottom for weight, Im only gonna have a little VW, So....
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Post by GMAC 76 » Fri May 10, 2013 10:44 am

Tbone2711 wrote:I just talked to a buddy a lil while ago. He ordered some wetlander, Did all the prep work, Rolled it on, Waited the drying/Curing period, And all that good stuff. And he said it's already pealing off! And i seen the boat, It is. I don't doubt his workmanship of installing it. But, Either he got a bad batch, Or he messed something up serious. It was coming off the Hull in the grass! Holy cow.
OH GREAT!! just what i wanted to hear....guess i may have screwed up.....again

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Post by fl cracker » Fri May 10, 2013 1:54 pm

GMAC, I can hook you up with some of that "540 in a can" if you would like next time.
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Re: Wetlander Slick Bottom

Post by slow ride $$$ » Fri May 10, 2013 7:32 pm

i have put wetlander on 3 boats that run down here in the glades and have not had any peel,and it is also super slick

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Post by GMAC 76 » Sat May 11, 2013 12:21 am

slow ride $$$ wrote:i have put wetlander on 3 boats that run down here in the glades and have not had any peel,and it is also super slick
hey now thats better!!!.....ill get back to ya fl cracker...lol

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Re: Wetlander Slick Bottom

Post by kajunoutlaw » Sat May 11, 2013 2:16 am

I put Wetlander on the bottom of my hull also. Although it's not finished, I took a vibrating sander with 80 grit to it just to see and barely took the shine off of it. There is one spot on my hull that fish eyed, but that was my fault. I missed that one little area when I was prepping it to apply. Only time will tell.
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