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Ben posted 04-07-2000 10:11 AM ET (US)   Profile for Ben   Send Email to Ben  
I have a 1977 21ft outrage. The front of the center console has a black laminate / vinyl type covering that has started to bubble. I think the boat would look much better if I removed the covering and buffed out the fiberglass. The problem is I don't want to damage the fiberglass. Any suggestion on what to use to remove the black "bubbled up" covering?
bigz posted 04-07-2000 12:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Hi Ben,

The stuff your referring to is called Mat-Tac and if you can just pull it off then use either mineral spirits or goo off to soak the adhesive and gently scrape it off using a single edge razor blade give it a good scrub with soap and hot water then use buffing compound then wax it, should work out fine ---

If you do want to replace it I would suggest 1/4" King Starboard in Black it has a textured finish and the 1/4" thickness is just right to recover the dash -- in fact I will have some left over from doing my 20' Outrage and 27' Cuddy (bought a full 54x96 sheet)so if you want a piece send me an email and I will give you the particulars. Regards Thomas

lhg posted 04-13-2000 12:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
The Mat-Tac around the steering wheel on my Outrage console was looking dried out, brittle and coming un-glued as you describe.
Quite by accident, I spilled Sea Star hydraulic steering oil on it while re-filling my helm pump, and discovered that it completely renewed the material, softening it up and making it like new. Then I peeled the delaminated part back and reglued it using contact cement on both surfaces. Looks factory new.

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