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Chemical-free traction mat glue removal (Pink Eraser)

Discussion in 'Member Tips and Ideas' started by CrankyGypsy, Jan 9, 2019.

  1. CrankyGypsy

    CrankyGypsy Jet Boat Addict

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    New-to-me boat, old Hyrdo-Turf garbage. Preparing for SeaDek install.
    No trick to getting the mats up (aside from tedious brute force), but figured out something for glue removal. I tried a bunch of the standard recommended chemicals (plus heat) and didn't find any that worked to my satisfaction. For most of them, best results came after letting them soak in then also using a razor blade to thin the glue down enough that I could actually wipe it up clean with more of the chemical ...and it still took several go-overs. The razor was also removing the grit of the traction areas.

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    I tried rubbing the glue with my latex-gloved finger and found it rolled the glue right up so I could just brush it off. This was killing my fingers, so I considered ordering one of those "eraser wheels" for decal removal. Then I thought, "why not a pink eraser then?" Compared to chemicals, this is awesome. It actually seems to work best when the glue is thicker, rather than thinner - the glue pulls on itself.
    UPDATE: decided to order the "eraser wheel" mentioned below.

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    My picture shows the eraser after I had successfully used it on several areas ...I'm going to need to buy more (Paper Mate 12-packs can be found for $5). No risk of damaging the gelcoat or removing the traction grit. Won't work if the surface is damp.

    Other notes:
    - Adding heat to the mat in an attempt to facilitate removal only caused the glue to let go of the mat and stay on the deck. It wasn't night and day easier, either. So for me, I preferred wearing myself out tearing the mat off rather than leaving so much glue behind to erase.
    - I didn't try icing the mats first - didn't seem practical. Plus, pulling up mat that was in the shade didn't seem any easier than stuff in the sun.
    - Some recommend spraying the underside edge of the mat at the deck as you lift it off to help the next portion let go. Add in the spraying time and this doesn't seem to make it go any faster ...and made the mat edge slippery if it tore off.
    - The Barkeepers Friend didn't work here, but it worked really well to remove silicone I had scraped down thin during the AR230's intake duct reseal. Maybe the traction grit was causing issues? It is still the non-soap cleaner that I use the most on the boat.
    - I might still try an eraser wheel if this becomes too tedious (some complain of burning their gelcoat, but I'll chalk that up to user error).
     
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  2. Beachbummer

    Beachbummer Jet Boat Junkie

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  3. CrankyGypsy

    CrankyGypsy Jet Boat Addict

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    Well...
    The pink eraser worked great on the small areas I had remaining on the swim platform. But after lunch, I started working on the helm and decided to order the wheel @Beachbummer mentioned.
    I swear it was working way better earlier today! haha.

    Overall, I think the pink eraser is about as fast as the chemicals, but with way less mess. It does require a lot of elbow grease, though. Guess it'll work in spots I can't get the eraser into.
     
  4. Mainah

    Mainah Jetboaters Captain

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    What a timely post. I am replacing some seadeck after three seasons because we love our dogs to boat with us and after installing a new side accessory set could see the wear and color difference. We also had the parabolic effect in the bow. Just one question on the wheel. There are two kinds ... one smooth and softer looking one from 3m amd another that looks like a paddle wheel with many differnt brands stmped on it. Which one did you guys use and which one would you buy if had to do it again?
     
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    Hey @CrankyGypsy Glad to have you back. It has been awhile.
     
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    I used this one from Napa. Screenshot_20190109-175618_Gallery.jpg
     
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  8. CrankyGypsy

    CrankyGypsy Jet Boat Addict

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    I ordered the ABN and will post my experience here.
     
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    I don't want to overhype it, but it's a before and after tool for the job you are doing. Like a chop saw vs a hand saw for wood work...the magnitude of the assistance it provides is impressive!!!!
     
  10. Mainah

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    I ordered the whizzy wheel, pink erasers, and a natural rubber belt sander eraser. Going to pull up the seadek, then pressure wash, then use rubber tools, then goo gone, then simple green, and finally acetone to prep for the new SeaDek. Will ise rubber wheel like for tint to press down the new seadek.
     
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    If you really want to "get 'er done!"
    [​IMG]
     
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    To give everyone a visual. See photo after probably a 1 minute pass with the drill eraser.

    Wow! Wish I had tried this earlier.
    I used a drywall spatula to lift the majority of the pad but it left a lot of residue. The eraser takes it off with ease.
     

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