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Topic: Spray-On Liners for Non-Skid Treatment of Deck

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JC posted 04-28-2001 09:08 AM ET (US)
A friend told me about applications [of spray-on liner products for use as a non-skid deck treatment] on boats. I thought he was [kidding], so I checked it out. A retailer told me that the only thing [his brand of spray-on liner] does not stick to is [high molecular weight plastics such as polyethyline film known under the trade name] Visqueen. And that he had done 30 boats last year. One was a 13-foot Boston Whaler boat for the local police. I stopped by to look at the boat. The police said the boat was donated and the inside was rough. They decided to have [a spray-on liner applied] because [the spray-on liner] is non-slip and takes a lot of punishment. Cost was $200. It added 25-lbs. [What about] long term cracking or color fade and staining? Is [applying a spray on liner] a good idea?
maverick posted 04-28-2001 09:38 PM ET (US)
Sounds like a good idea if the inside is rough, although an "original looking" - if not original Whaler is likely to have more buyers lined up when it's time to sell. I have also heard where folks are putting that lining stuff on the keel as a keel guard of sorts. Now there's an idea. Mav
JC posted 04-29-2001 07:13 AM ET (US)
I have been told this also, The only draw back is that the color white will yellow. It comes in any color even glow in the dark, just thought it was black. Any way it would cost less than other keel gards if white is not a choice. JC
Paint Legend posted 04-30-2001 11:42 AM ET (US)
Here is another idea for bed liner, I know a guy that had his trailer blasted and had bed liner applied. Sounds like a good idea for a rusty trailer and low future maintenance. The person spraying can control the roughness and spray smoother from what I understand. Also, I know a guy that has the white on his truck and it does yellow!!

I have been seeing the roll on bed liners available at car parts stores, only in black.

Tom

montaukmax posted 10-06-2001 04:37 PM ET (US)
My dad had a simiilar product (Gator Liner) installed on both the interior and exterior of his 1968 13' Sport. He has been very pleased with the results. Used a dark blue for the interior and a gray-white for the exterior. I was worried that the textured surface on the exterior plus the added weight would slow the boat, but it doesn't seem bad.

He uses the boat as a tender and it sits in the salt water with no canvas all summer, getting beached on a gravel beach regularly. He had the liner installed a couple of years ago and credits it with saving the boat (lots of small cracks on top and bottom were letting water into the core -- the liner sealed it all up!).

Weeds and barnacles seem to scrape off of the liner pretty easily, but it doesn't hinder their growth.

It changed the look of the boat a bit, but it is still very recognizable as a whaler and looks pretty sharp.

You'd definitely want an installer with experience working on boats, I'd imagine. If it is well installed, I'd say it works great.

Hope this info helps even if it is a bit late from when you posted...

dfmcintyre posted 10-06-2001 04:52 PM ET (US)
While we're on the subject.....

One of the more interesting uses of a spray in liner (I don't remember what manuf...) has been to reduce the effects of a car or truck bomb.

I recently saw a video clip of the effects of a IED on a building side without and with the spray added. Very interesting.

Don

jameso posted 10-06-2001 11:08 PM ET (US)
I am planning to coat the interior of my anchor locker with a brush on type truck liner. The locker is pristine now but I think I am the first user to really use it for an anchor locker. I did this with an aluminum boat that my friend had and it worked really well for sound deadening and corrosion prevention.
Thanks, Jim Armstrong
Let's Roll,,last words of Scott Beamer.
woodstockhouse posted 03-30-2008 06:54 PM ET (US)
[This seven year old discussion has been revived. The main purpose seems to be to include an offer to sell equipment for sparying on liners. Please use the MARKETPLACE discussion if you wish to post a notice of For-Sale.--jimh]

I have seen all types of things sprayed wiyh Rhino and I love the Product. My Truch linner is Rhino and nothing slides around. I have a complete Rhino sray system that I am selling for a shop that went under, for less then half price if anyone is intrested. [If you sell the equipment, consider investing the proceeds in a spell-checker--jimh]

deepwater posted 03-31-2008 07:05 PM ET (US)
I did my montauk deck and love it
towboater posted 04-02-2008 03:44 PM ET (US)
I found Rhino and Linex dealers fairly selfish and expensive when it came to custom or do-it-yourself applications.

http://www.herculiner.com/

Mister S posted 04-03-2008 11:56 AM ET (US)
I hate to sy it but if you do a search for Ultra-Tuff or other liners you'll find a load of info.
pglein posted 04-03-2008 11:59 AM ET (US)
Another old thread drug out for fresh air. If you read some of the more recent posts on this topic, you will find that most who have done this regret it.
pzimmer posted 04-07-2008 11:04 AM ET (US)
The spray-in liner sounds like a quick and easy fix,.....BUT remember, you are just hiding the problem. I saw this fix on the cockpit of a 37'Silverton. It looked great, but when you walked on it, you definately knew where the soft spots were, and after a few years, it kept getting larger until it had all be removed and replaced with new wood and fiberglass. Although the work sound extensive, I chose the fiberglass/wood replacement and have been very happy with it on my Silverton. I have a 1994 Boston Whaler Rage 14 and would choose the fiberglass over the spray-in. Just my humble opinion.

Capt Pete Zimmer

deepwater posted 04-07-2008 01:15 PM ET (US)
I would only recommend spraying a deck if the floor was sound ,,its not a fix all,,my deck was covered in small spider cracks and several dinks from heavy handed friends hauling the anchor or dropping a 12oz sinker from 6' up when the bale was opened,, do i regret the liner i sprayed on my deck ,,no i don't ,, i don't miss my tackle box swapping sides in the boat all day long or my knife spinning around i don't miss the turned ankles i used to get on a wet deck and defiantly don't miss the sound of gel-coat being removed by the flukes of my anchor that was dropped because the hauler slipped and grabbed a railing to keep from going over the side,,fish stay where they land so you have to put more humph in a toss ,,but to each his own ,, ill keep my whaler as it is spray on deck liner and all
craig rowe posted 04-12-2008 09:28 AM ET (US)
i have a put it on the bottom of my boat to seal leaks and protect it when i beach it it holds up real good.
deepwater posted 04-12-2008 04:40 PM ET (US)
You meen like a keel guard ??
craig rowe posted 04-12-2008 06:40 PM ET (US)
not just keel guard but the whole bottom
jimh posted 04-13-2008 09:43 AM ET (US)
Spraying on a rough material on the bottom of the hull of a classic Boston Whaler boat sounds like a good way to:

--make it go slower due to increased drag

--make it look ugly

--make its resale value decline as most buyers will be justifiably suspicious about what sort of damage is concealed by the spray on product.

Using the spray-on material as a non-skid treatment for the deck is probably a decent alternative on very old classic Boston Whaler boats where the deck laminate is in poor condition, has a lot of cracking, and the non-skid has worn down from years of abrasion.

deepwater posted 04-13-2008 01:05 PM ET (US)
The man that sprayed my deck asked me what kind of texture i wanted ,, he said he could apply it as smooth as i wanted or rough,, so if its a really smooth application i don't see it as any worse than a bottom paint

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