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Removing old seat pad

12 years 4 months ago #3519 by Rob1
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I'm in the process of removing the old seat pad from a carbon mako elite. Can anyone help out with any tips to make this task easier. What chemicals can or cant be used to assist. Thanks

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12 years 4 months ago #3524 by Dicko
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Depends on the glue used. Contact cement is reactivated by heat. So maybe try a hair dryer and see if it softens the glue. If it does you can probably remove it with a plastic
spatula.

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12 years 4 months ago #3525 by AndrewN
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Just use acetone any decent ski should have a gel coat strong enough to take it. I always have and it's fine just don't rub and rub and rub - scrape off what you can with your fingers and then use a cloth and acetone.

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12 years 4 months ago #3527 by KentSB
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3M adhesive remover. You can get it at an auto parts store. It does not hurt the gel coat. It's also good for the removal of tar or harbor sludge.

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12 years 4 months ago #3532 by STEELNEAL
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I have used lacquer thinners in the past to remove old seat pads and glue. It does nothing to the gel coats which have already cured.

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12 years 3 months ago #3536 by Hiro
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Mold release agent works well and does nothing to gel coat.

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12 years 2 months ago #3609 by Tommy
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Note that some skis use paint rather than gel coat to save weight. Test a small area first, and keep rubbing to a minimum.

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12 years 2 months ago #3616 by Dale Lippstreu
Chances are that the bumpad was stuck on with contact adhesive. While you can buy specialist solvents for contact adhesive both benzine and petrol work just as well. They will also work if the bum pad was stuck on with a peel back adhesive film.

Acetone and lacquer thinners will also work but can attack the surface especially if you have an epoxy ski with a 2K finish.

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