Aluminum treads

Discussion in 'Modifications/Customizations' started by Mike sandor, Nov 30, 2020.

  1. Mike sandor

    Mike sandor Active Member

    Jul 28, 2017
    Eau Claire, Wisconsin
    2007 320 Sundancer
    Twin 496. Bravo 3
    2018 3500 Chevy, Loadmaster trailer
    Raymarine Axiom, Quantum 2
    496 Mercruiser/Bravo III drives
    So I have a few scratches on my rear step on our 320. I thought I could touch it up with gel coat but it looks like crap. I made a template and machined a few out of 1/4” aluminum.
    My plan is to get them chrome plated but would like input before I attach. I was originally concerned that they would get extremely hot in the summer but then again, we are in Lake Superior and it is never that hot any way. I am thinking it would trick out the back of the boat a bit. Thoughts? Kinda matches the aluminum swim platform insert I just finished.

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  2. andy k

    andy k Active Member

    Feb 7, 2009
    Lake Erie
    Looks Sharp!!

    I think they will get hot when the sun is out.
  3. Getaway

    Getaway Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    Bay City, Michigan
    1998 290DA Sundancer
    Lowrance electronics, Fishhawk, Scotty Downriggers
    BoatWheels Tri-Axle Trailer
    Single big block 454 MPI Mercruiser engine and Bravo III outdrive.
    Those look nice.

    I would bright dip and clear anodize rather than chrome plate. Just my opinion, but the decorative chrome is a coating that can peel and chip. Bright dip/clear anodize is a much better surface treatment for aluminum.
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  4. Highliner

    Highliner Active Member

    Apr 15, 2020
    Lake Erie
    2004 Sundancer 320
    5.7L MPI w/V Drives
    Very impressive. Looking forward to seeing a photo of these when they are installed.

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