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slick bottom

Post by REAL 7.3 » Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:01 pm

I'm looking for suggestions on which slick bottom to put on my Thurman deckover. Which is the slickest that will hold up the best? It has steelflex on it now and I don't know if it was put on improperly or what but it was peeling off today at the lake.
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Re: slick bottom

Post by kajunoutlaw » Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:35 pm

In my opinion, stay with what you have. Rough up where it is peeling and reapply it. From what I gather, all slick paints are close to the same and last about the same also.
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Post by Frog » Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:04 pm

I sell GatorGlide so.... But I run the GatorGlide G2 over steel flex on my Thurman have for over three year and love it. Check out or new GatorBase and " hammer test" http://www.gatorglide.com/Home_Page.php. It's not going to peel off or chip off. There is nothing tougher and the combo is awesome.
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Re: slick bottom

Post by Buckshot863 » Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:42 pm

I used steel flex 2000 and have been real happy with it so far. But like kajon said, I roughed up the existing bottom with a wire wheel and it stuck good.

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Re: slick bottom

Post by glades cat » Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:34 pm

Go to Fasco and get some more Steelflex. Don't apply it too thick. It's important to rough sand the surface before applying it.
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Re: slick bottom

Post by UpStAcK0360 » Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:36 pm

Quickslick hands down the best Ive ever run..holds up good on deckovers and glass hulls
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Re: slick bottom

Post by fl cracker » Tue Jul 09, 2013 11:08 pm

X2, and alot cheaper than one of the other brands mentioned. I have an aluminum hull and is doing great with no primer!
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Re: slick bottom

Post by kfowler » Wed Jul 10, 2013 11:09 am

I'm looking to get away from polymer.

where can you buy quickslick? also is it ok to apply it directly to an aluminum hull with no steel flex?

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Re: slick bottom

Post by mscott » Thu Jul 11, 2013 1:12 am

Frog wrote:I sell GatorGlide so.... But I run the GatorGlide G2 over steel flex on my Thurman have for over three year and love it. Check out or new GatorBase and " hammer test" http://www.gatorglide.com/Home_Page.php. It's not going to peel off or chip off. There is nothing tougher and the combo is awesome.
I recently bought some G4 with base. Boat is being held up as we speak with a buddys skid steer in the yard. I was sanding the painted bottom with 100 and 120 grit like the instructions said. Should I be sanding it until the green paint goes white, or just scratch it up first then apply the base? How much sanding should I be doing?

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Re: slick bottom

Post by fl cracker » Thu Jul 11, 2013 11:51 pm

Kfowler, you can call me 352-434-1267. I'll be in Avon park Friday if you need some. Let me know quick!
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Re: slick bottom

Post by kfowler » Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:44 pm

fl cracker wrote:Kfowler, you can call me 352-434-1267. I'll be in Avon park Friday if you need some. Let me know quick!
I just saw the message. sorry I missed you. I appreciate it though

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Re: slick bottom

Post by Frog » Sat Jul 13, 2013 2:23 pm

Mscott, you should call me. Need to know more before I can answer that.
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Re: slick bottom

Post by mscott » Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:10 pm

Frog wrote:Mscott, you should call me. Need to know more before I can answer that.
Read this too late. Got it sanded and the base coats put on. Goes on easy. Its been 48 hours and I roughed up the base coat with scotchbrite pad. Then I've acetoned it again. Tomorrow evening I think that we're gonna apply the G4. Looking forward to getting this thing put back together so that I can slide around.

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Re: slick bottom

Post by billybob » Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:25 pm

Good luck! Let us know how long it last and how good it slides.
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Re: slick bottom

Post by mscott » Sat Jul 13, 2013 11:21 pm

billybob wrote:Good luck! Let us know how long it last and how good it slides.
Will do. I run a sandy river bottom and try to avoid most snags and rocks. I'm not expecting Polly performance but ever had Polly and don't mind steering around obstacles.

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Re: slick bottom

Post by kajunoutlaw » Sat Jul 13, 2013 11:27 pm

mscott wrote:
billybob wrote:Good luck! Let us know how long it last and how good it slides.
Will do. I run a sandy river bottom and try to avoid most snags and rocks. I'm not expecting Polly performance but ever had Polly and don't mind steering around obstacles.
Sand will pull it off quickly mscott.
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Re: slick bottom

Post by mscott » Sat Jul 13, 2013 11:36 pm

kajunoutlaw wrote:
mscott wrote:
billybob wrote:Good luck! Let us know how long it last and how good it slides.
Will do. I run a sandy river bottom and try to avoid most snags and rocks. I'm not expecting Polly performance but ever had Polly and don't mind steering around obstacles.
Sand will pull it off quickly mscott.
Hope not to tangle with too many sand bars. I ran 14 miles of this river with no protection at all. Only thing I ran over was a 35lb carp in 2 inches of water. I saw a splash and felt a bump. I guess it was a fish, nobody has come up missing yet. Taking it one step at a time. If I go poly it will have to be next spring.

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Re: slick bottom

Post by kajunoutlaw » Sat Jul 13, 2013 11:42 pm

As long as you can avoid em you will be okay. From what I have read on here, any slick bottom lasts maybe a season of riding in the grass. Which in my opinion is not bad. To re coat the bottom of a hull once a year is not bad at all. If you follow the manufacturers directions for cure time it will work fine. Your surface just has to be prepared correctly. I have Wearlon Wetlander on the bottom of my hull. I have no idea how long it will last, but when I get the boat in the water and run over a few mudflats I will check it out. I sure hope this stuff lasts for both of us.
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