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marc monreal posted 07-11-2001 10:43 PM ET (US)   Profile for marc monreal   Send Email to marc monreal  
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
Bigshot posted 07-12-2001 08:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
They are fiberglass and can be painted. I would use a nice topside urethane or equiv.
gunnelgrabber posted 07-12-2001 09:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for gunnelgrabber  Send Email to gunnelgrabber     
bigshot: (by way of marc's topic) 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
Bigshot posted 07-12-2001 09:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
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.
tarbaby posted 07-12-2001 09:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for tarbaby  Send Email to tarbaby     
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
Bigshot posted 07-12-2001 10:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
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.
triblet posted 07-12-2001 10:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
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
some prep.


marc monreal posted 07-12-2001 10:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for marc monreal  Send Email to marc monreal     
Much thanks to all that replied! I'll give it a shot with some left over LP that I have. Thanks, Marc
Bigshot posted 07-12-2001 10:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
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.
stagalv posted 07-13-2001 10:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for stagalv  Send Email to stagalv     
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
Bigshot posted 07-13-2001 01:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
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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