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RWM posted 02-18-2002 12:38 PM ET (US)   Profile for RWM   Send Email to RWM  
I have removed and disassembled the wood on my Reversible Pilot Seat for refinishing (It is so worn the areas under the fittings are 1/8" higher). I would also like to clean up the red base which is very oxidized and the finish is powdery. Before I run off on my own I have some questions...
What is the base made of? Does the color go all the way through so I could rub it out? Should I just sand it down and paint it with epoxy, which is my inclination. Any color suggestions?...Thanks...Bob M.
Tom W Clark posted 02-18-2002 04:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Try scouring it with steel wool and then "paint" or wipe on a coat of Penetrol. Do a sample patch somehwere to see if you like it but I think you will be pleased.
Bigshot posted 02-19-2002 03:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Mine is brown.
Tom W Clark posted 02-19-2002 06:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

I assume your base is plastic like most RPS bases. They are brown for the most part except for a few Brunswick era bases which were white. The first few years of the RPS saw them with anodized aluminum bases. I have seen the plastic ones become very chalky white from sun exposure.

RWM posted 02-19-2002 10:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for RWM  Send Email to RWM     
Thanks for the suggestion. I'll try the Penetrol after removing the heavy oxidation by wet sanding and bronze wool. Did a little of this and yup it's brown and plastic. Thanks much...Bob M.
vdbgroup posted 02-20-2002 09:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for vdbgroup  Send Email to vdbgroup     
I used a product called "BLACK AGAIN" made by Rhino Industries, Tampa, FL. It is a polymer based liquid that is used to take oxidation out of vinyl used on exterior car moldings, bumpers, mud guards, etc.

I washed my RPS base, the "z legs", very clean and lathered it with Black Again, left it in the sun to soak up. Then reapplied. Took 3 coats but so far it has held up. I have not used the boat in the sun or washed it but I know from using on the car that it last a long time.

RWM posted 02-26-2002 09:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for RWM  Send Email to RWM     
Just an update. I scoured off most of the oxidation with bronze wool and applied the penetrol with a rag. The color is a rich brown and looks great. It was easy. Tom...thanks very much...Bob M.
andygere posted 02-27-2002 01:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
What is penetrol, and where can I buy it?
Tom W Clark posted 02-27-2002 01:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Penetrol is a paint additive that has been around for a long time. It is widely available at most paint retailers.

It is designed for alkyd paints to improve flow. It is purported to do all sorts of other things as well, such as make your RPS legs look like new.

It can also be used on dull oxidized gelcoat, but I'm not recommending it for your Whaler, though I have seen it do wonders to an old dinghy as a "quick-fix". The catch is, and this may apply to the RPS legs as well, is that it will need to be reapplied periodically.

RWM posted 02-27-2002 12:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for RWM  Send Email to RWM     
You can purchase a quart of marine penetrol for $12.95 at West Marine.

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