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Ozark posted 08-08-2003 12:32 PM ET (US)   Profile for Ozark   Send Email to Ozark  
My RPS backrest tends to stick to the seat cushion and I would like suggestions as to what I can place on the bottom of the teak board to eliminate the problem. A slight stain on the cushion has resulted. I have just refinished the teakwood with multiple coats of teak oil.

Also, what is the original color of the 27 gal.(?) gas tank? It is now a worn,reddish color.


ratherwhalering posted 08-08-2003 02:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
That's a good question, the same thing happens with tends to stick to the seat. I keep the seat slippery with 303 protectant, and it eliminated the problem. Varnish doesn't seem to bleed into the seat, from what I can tell. When I was using oil, it also stained the seat, and I just used a vinyl cleaner with good results. To prevent it from happening again, I'd just fold up a long rag and place it between the seat and the backrest.

With regard to the tank, it really depends on what brand. If it is fiberglass, with a "sight strip" on both fore and aft ends, it is probably a Pate. They can come unfinished (red) or other colors as requested via the manufacturer. Usually, this is "dessert tan", which matches most whaler hull colors well. Unfortunatly, Pate does not sell the exterior finish, even for touch ups. Depending on your experience, you might try to color match with paint, or even better, color match with gel coat. A quick search will reveal where you can purchase these products. Good luck.

Bigshot posted 08-08-2003 02:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Color match with a offwhite or beige appliance paint is close. Not sure how well it holds up if you spill gas on it though.
Ozark posted 08-08-2003 07:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ozark  Send Email to Ozark     
Thanks for the comments and suggestions,guys.
andygere posted 08-10-2003 03:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
If the tank is a red fiberglass Pate, I'd try to bring it back with some fiberglass color restorer or compound rather than paint. Gasoline is very hard on paint, and you will have created another annual maintenance chore for yourself if you paint it.

On the seatback, don't oil the bottom (it has no sun exposure and can't be seen anyway) and use Armor All or similar product on the cushion so it won't stick or stain.

Ozark posted 08-10-2003 03:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ozark  Send Email to Ozark     
The bottom piece has been oiled already(not for sun protection, but for water resistance), but the ArmorAll idea should be good for keeping the seat clean too.

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