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can the legs on a RPS be painted?
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posted 07-11-2001 10:43 PM ET (US)
I have a 78 Montauk and was wondering if the RPS legs can be painted? They seem to be made of some type of plastic or fiberglass and are a brownish color. Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks, Marc
posted 07-12-2001 08:30 AM ET (US)
They are fiberglass and can be painted. I would use a nice topside urethane or equiv.
posted 07-12-2001 09:21 AM ET (US)
bigshot: (by way of marc's topic)...do you know if the plastic or fiberglass rps legs-seat bases are lighter than the aluminum ones? and also do you know the year bw went from alum to brown on these?identical other than the material? thanks ..lm
posted 07-12-2001 09:39 AM ET (US)
only had 2 montauks. My late 76(had smirk) had glass legs. My 89 does too. I would say they would be very close in weight, alum might be lighter. I would assume they are identical in size.
posted 07-12-2001 09:42 AM ET (US)
They are light, I do not think they are significantly lighter than the metal ones. I wanted to paint mine but realized that my boat was not "show" quality so why bother. I kind of like the patina that all of the Whaler parts get after twenty years. Shay
posted 07-12-2001 10:04 AM ET (US)
When they start to get whitish, they need some help. Mine are ok, kind of look like brown metalflake. Will eventually go white/desert someday. Alum I assume would get crappy after a while unless it was not painted.
posted 07-12-2001 10:26 AM ET (US)
The legs on the later Montauks are not
fibreglass and resin. They appear to be FRP
(Fibreglass Reinforced Plastic) castings.
At least they are on my '97 seat.
I suspect they won't take paint well without
posted 07-12-2001 10:28 AM ET (US)
Much thanks to all that replied! I'll give it a shot with some left over LP that I have. Thanks, Marc
posted 07-12-2001 10:46 AM ET (US)
Correct! They are some kind of composite material with glass in it. y 76 had a corner broken off and it was a clean break like bake-o-lite but obviously not.
posted 07-13-2001 10:17 AM ET (US)
My 1986 Montauk has the aluminum legs on the RPS. I had to have some welding done to them to fix the "feet" which had corroded. After the welding did the prep and painted them with Awlgrip. They look great now. Rex
posted 07-13-2001 01:22 PM ET (US)
Did they go back and forth? My 89 has the plastic and so did my 76. What years did they use/change it?
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