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Roof rust from wet ski

1 year 10 months ago #32596 by manta
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Hi

I don't store my ski at a club so I need to transport it. How do I stop the top of my car from rusting putting a wet ski on the roof every single day?

I have taken to spraying the ski with fresh water out of a plant sprayer. It takes some of the salt water off the ski and then also dilutes the salt on the actual car. I am not sure if this will help long term though. Anyone else have a similar issue and if so how are you dealing with it?

Thanks

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1 year 10 months ago #32597 by Hulk
Replied by Hulk on topic Roof rust from wet ski
Hi,

When not paddling and finishing at one of the clubs I'm with - I always have a jerrycan in the car to properly rinse down my ski. After rinsing I dry the boat with a towel before I load it on the car.

This supports the lifespan of my ski and my car.

Regards

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1 year 10 months ago #32600 by Paul600
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One of my previous cars rusted out above the windscreen, directly below the v bar because of this. I bought a new car but washing it occasionally would have been cheaper

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1 year 9 months ago #32617 by manta
Replied by manta on topic Roof rust from wet ski
For now, washing the ski on the roof with fresh water after a paddle will have to do. Cars seem to do okay with fresh water it is the salt that seems to the main culprit of the rust.

In future I hope to make myself some of those pvc stands that I can use to put the ski on, wash and dry (mostly) and then put on the roof. Cars are a lot more expensive than skis so trying to protect my investment.

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1 year 9 months ago #32618 by Fath2o
Replied by Fath2o on topic Roof rust from wet ski
Now, I try to dry off my ski before putting on roof and then hose down ski and roof at home. That being said, I just spent $2500.00 getting new windshield and rusted/leaking roof repaired. Original estimate was $1350.00 Common problem for waterman with their toys on the roof of their cars.

Dam, could have bought a nice used ski!

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1 year 9 months ago #32630 by robin.mousley

I just spent $2500.00 getting new windshield and rusted/leaking roof repaired.


My car is in the body shop right now being treated for the same disease :(

I also try to rinse and dry the boat before it goes on the car. But regular rinsing of the car itself is key too.

I have some nifty metal stands for the boat to sit on while it's being washed. They fold up and take virtually no space, but being metal they're heavy enough to be stable even when the wind is quite gusty.

Rob

Currently Fenn Swordfish S, Epic V10 Double.
Previously: Think Evo II, Carbonology Zest, Fenn Swordfish, Epic V10, Fenn Elite, Red7 Surf70 Pro, Epic V10 Sport, Genius Blu, Kayak Centre Zeplin, Fenn Mako6, Custom Kayaks ICON, Brian's Kayaks Molokai, Brian's Kayaks Wedge and several others...

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1 year 9 months ago #32633 by Bill L
Replied by Bill L on topic Roof rust from wet ski
I just use a 16 year old car that is pretty much only used for driving to & from the SS launch areas. It is gradually turning into a salt encrusted hunk of rust (but the engine is sound and it runs great!).

Maybe when the body rusts away I will reconstruct it with duct tape.
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6 months 2 weeks ago #35821 by Ratel
Replied by Ratel on topic Roof rust from wet ski
A bit late to the topic perhaps - but I just joined the forum :) 

Camping gear is your friend - for initial rinse in the field, I have two of those little fold out camp stools to put the ski on (look for wide ones), and one of the camp showers that you hang in a tree and packs down small - like these: then give it a good hose down while the skis is still on the roof once I get home.

Current: Borrowed boat, looking for a V10, Pacific NW
Past: V10, V12, Swordfish, Mako 6, Mako XT, K1s and whitewater plastics :)

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6 months 2 weeks ago #35823 by waverider
Replied by waverider on topic Roof rust from wet ski
Dont rinse on the roof you are just flushing sand and salt into the crevices of the car.

Ensure it is dry and sand free before loading ip. Cant drip if dry.

Try not to leave ski on car roof when it rains if possible

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6 months 4 days ago #35850 by Cryder
Replied by Cryder on topic Roof rust from wet ski
Good old thread. I've seen a few local rides that have been eaten up by ski / toy transport. 

Also important: If a ski is going to spend days on days on top of your vehicle, be advised it will dramatically shorten the life of the ski due to heat reflection and UV breaking down the gel coat and weakening the boat.

On a ski that was car-topped for 10 months I've seen soft spot develop, then blisters which result in the ski starting to leak, and finally structural degradation of the ski itself (*so no longer a rough water worthy craft). If you ever buy an old ski and wonder how they fall apart... this is precisely why. 

I don't have time to fuss with a cover everyday, so I vinyl wrap my skis. 

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6 months 4 days ago #35853 by tve
Replied by tve on topic Roof rust from wet ski

Cryder wrote: I don't have time to fuss with a cover everyday, so I vinyl wrap my skis. 

Oh, is that how you get your designs onto your skis? Sounds pretty difficult to apply!?

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6 months 3 days ago #35857 by MCImes
Replied by MCImes on topic Roof rust from wet ski
Im also curious - do you have it professionally applied? I applied a couple 1' square vinyl reflective stickers to my ski and they were phenomenally difficult to apply without bubbles or wrinkles. If you get it done, about how much does someone charge? The designs possible with the printed patterns are damn cool

Currently - Swordfish S in Southern California's ocean waters
Past Boats: Epic V10 g0, Stellar SR g1, Fenn XT g1
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6 months 3 days ago - 6 months 3 days ago #35858 by Arcturus
Replied by Arcturus on topic Roof rust from wet ski
Carrying the ski on a trailer would spare your car, but it would have to be a fairly long trailer for most skis. A bonus is that the trailer and load would not present as much of an area to driving-induced headwind, since it would be at least partly in the vehicle’s slipstream.

I don’t know if trailering them is popular. It is not rare for sea kayaks even though rooftopping is more common.

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