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Old 12 February 2010, 06:17   #1
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Attaching footstraps to deck

I have purchased footstraps from henshaws. The deck is a fibreglass deck with a "diamond print" on it. I am asking if the footstraps can be glued directly to the deck or do I need to roughen it up with sandpaper or a grinder so that the glue will get a key?

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Old 12 February 2010, 06:28   #2
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You want to give the deck a good key up first using something like 80 grit, and then degrease. Apply one coat of 2402 to the deck and foot strap. Wait for it to dry, then apply another coat wait for it to go tacky then apply.
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Old 12 February 2010, 07:07   #3
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Ribshop thanks for reply. I understand that it takes 48 hrs for the glue to go off.
proceedure as i understand it
1) sand with 80 grit
2) degrase
3) apply glue and waith 48hrs
4) re-apply glue and attach the straps when tacky

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Ribshop thanks for reply. I understand that it takes 48 hrs for the glue to go off.
proceedure as i understand it
1) sand with 80 grit
2) degrase
3) apply glue and waith 48hrs
4) re-apply glue and attach the straps when tacky

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Your meant to leave it 48 hrs but I never have, once its touch dry I stick another coat on. Should take you long to do.
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I think it takes seven days to fully cure. i.e don't put your feet in to them until then.


Pinched from the Ribshop website

1. Two Way Dry Stick
Apply an even film of the mixed adhesive to both surfaces
by brush, roller coater, serrated scraper or spraying.
In some cases a single adhesive application to each
surface may not be sufficient (e.g. porous surfaces) then
multicoat applications may be needed to build up film
thickness. In this case, each coat should be allowed to
dry for about 40-45 minutes except the final one which
should have 10 - 20 minutes. It is always advisable to
build up film thickness with a number of thin coats rather
than a single heavy coat.
Allow the 2 films to dry for 10-20 minutes, or until they can
be touched with the knuckles without any cement being
transferred.
Join the surfaces, taking care not to trap any air and using
as much pressure as possible.




Frm experience it's a little quicker than that but don't do it outside in the cold, if you must then use a heat gun to provide some localised heat.

Also when you are sticking youwant to get after the patch with a seam roller or spatula, putting a bit of Arm into it won't hurt
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These straps should making using the rib more secure in the livley conditions. I have experanced chine walking on the DR 490 and I swore that I would fit them after that
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Ribcraft foot straps

these are bondded on also, hope it helps!!
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where are the best (cheapest) place to get them on line ?
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If you did not want to worry about gluing you could always go for sail board type straps.
http://www.gunsails.co.uk/en/pads.htm
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Are you sure you want to glue them permanently? When I got my boat (ex-Marine Police) it had straps in the floor and I was constantly tripping over them. Mine were bolted in with deck inserts so they were easy to remove....

In all the years I've had this boat, I could count the number to times I wished I had foot straps on one finger!

I appreciate that your seas are bigger than mine, but probably generally less choppy... Once glued, you're stuck with them. (Forgive the obvious pun..)
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