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DaveIsaacs posted 07-23-2002 10:54 AM ET (US)   Profile for DaveIsaacs   Send Email to DaveIsaacs  

The legs/mounts for the pilot seat on my 1979 Montauk have been a faded coffee color since I bought the boat in 95.
The legs look pretty bad.

Does anyone know what color these are supposed to be (boat is desert tan)?

The legs appear to be made of plastic. They don't look easy to paint. Any ideas on what to do?


Tom W Clark posted 07-23-2002 11:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Try a little Penetrol available from your local paint store or from West Marine.


John O posted 07-23-2002 05:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
I have a simular problem w/ my 88 Newtauk. Previous owner painted legs white with a gloss paint which is peeling. I refinished the wood RPS and it looks great, but now am watching paint peel. Would sand blasting by a pro this winter be the easiest and best way to strip before Penetrol ?
Whaler Proud posted 07-23-2002 05:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whaler Proud  Send Email to Whaler Proud     
Don't sandblast the wood! No matter how fine of an abrasive you use, you will raise the grain. It is better to strip the old paint.
John O posted 07-23-2002 10:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
The old paint on the legs is peeling not the seat. the legs are made out of somes composite. The seat back is fine. the "Z" legs are peeling from the old paint
Whaler Proud posted 07-24-2002 10:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whaler Proud  Send Email to Whaler Proud     
Soda blasting or plastic media blasting would work fine on this. Thanks for clearing it up.
DaveIsaacs posted 07-29-2002 01:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for DaveIsaacs  Send Email to DaveIsaacs     
Thanks very much for your help.
The Penetrol worked well.

Here are some photos of various work on my boat, including two "BEFORE" and two "AFTER" photos of the legs.
Just click on "Photos" and it will be obvious which photos are the legs.


DaveIsaacs posted 07-29-2002 01:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for DaveIsaacs  Send Email to DaveIsaacs     
Here is the URL I neglected to post:
Bigshot posted 07-29-2002 01:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Did you paint the pate tank too? If so what color did you use?
DaveIsaacs posted 07-29-2002 02:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for DaveIsaacs  Send Email to DaveIsaacs     

The Pate Tank came that color (Desert Tan) from the factory.
Taylor posted 07-29-2002 02:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
Thanks for posting your before and after pictures. I too followed TWC's advice, and had similar positive results. On thing that's important is to work the Penetrol into all the tight spots so you end up with a uniform appearance.

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