Refinishing swim platform

Discussion in 'Fiberglass/Wood/Gelcoat Repair' started by Strecker25, Jan 30, 2018.

  1. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.7EFI/Alphas, Kohler 4kw
    our white non-skid on the platform of our 290 has seen better days. It is permanently "dirty" because the gelcoat has worn through in areas, so I'd like to refinish it.

    Anyone have any tips? I know I could get the spectrum match for the original and just paint it on but I was thinking it would be better to scrape/sand down the existing non-skid and re-do it with new gelcoat and the non-skid additive.
     
  2. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
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  3. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    Infinity woven PVC mat, snapped on.

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  4. Boater420

    Boater420 Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2015
    Clearwater, FL
    '97 330 Sundancer
    V-Drives
    Westerbeke 4.5BCG
    Twin Merc 454's
    I would definitely scrape all the old non-skid off before applying more. That should keep it all the same level.

    Are you doing this while it's in the water or on the hard? Having an area to stand on while grinding off the old non-skid would make it easier.
     
  5. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.7EFI/Alphas, Kohler 4kw
    Believe me, I love both of those solutions, but the reality is this is boat is probably in its last season with us and I'm not sure we want to spend that kind of cash on it at this point.

    It'll be on the hard, if I do it it will be one of my springtime jobs. Interlux sells a quart can with the additive already in it called interdeck. It's like $60 and says it just gets rolled on.
     
  6. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions
    you could get some nice and inexpensive outdoor carpet and make a cover for the platform.....having the edge binded doesn't cost too much and snaps are easy to install to keep it in place....

    cliff
     
  7. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    What type of non-skid pattern is currently there? Pebble or diamond?
     
  8. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.7EFI/Alphas, Kohler 4kw
    It's not the diamond molded non-skid like on the fore and side deck's, so I believe it would be the pebble? It looks like a rough grit sand was added to the gelcoat when applied
     
  9. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
    The EVA foam on my swimstep is off of Ebay @ $60 per piece. I used 3 or 4 pieces to cover both upper & lower...
     
  10. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.7EFI/Alphas, Kohler 4kw
    Oh wow I didn’t look closely enough I figured seadek. Yours looks great, I might think about that as well
     
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  11. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
    I was quoted $3-4k by a couple of outfits that install SeaDeck... If you look the only real difference is the trim border that on mine is missing. I cleaned the steps, wiped them down with paint thinner, patterns, trim jig and sealed the edges with black 4200 (and lots of masking tape).
     
  12. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.7EFI/Alphas, Kohler 4kw
    Awesome. Ebay makes it look like the seam lines run the opposite direction than you layed it, did you just cut it at a black seam and join them to run it bow to stern?
     
  13. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
    Exactly !!! The seams are all hidden in the black stripe.
     
  14. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    Yes, pebble... although I'm sure it's called other things, as well. That's good - makes things easier. If you decide to paint (possibly a contrasting color, but leave the margins white?), just give it a quick, rough sand. No need to sand it all down. Wipe with acetone and paint. Most important thing is to make sure it's super clean before painting.
     
  15. wyrman

    wyrman Member SILVER Sponsor

    839
    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    I have some sitting on my porch that got delivered today.
     
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  16. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Active Member

    934
    Jun 5, 2017
    Chattanooga TN/Dickson TN
    1998 SeaRay 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alpha 1 drives
    My swim platform has seen better days and looked to be used as a brake a few times around the dock in its 20 years. o_O So I covered it.

    It actually made the platform a favorite place to sit and hang out now.

    Just as a side note if anyone with a 98 290 DA has some real damage to their swim platform and needs to replace ...... a new one is $2359 + shipping.


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    Last edited: Jan 30, 2018
  17. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.7EFI/Alphas, Kohler 4kw
    That looks great, but being in a non-covered slip with aluminum docks I see the platform covers get obliterated around us. I'd have to get the ladder cut out too, we use it pretty much every time we go out.

    for the eva it looks like one sheet would do our platform. I'm just going to order it and see what it looks like before sticking it down, for $50 if I don't like it there I'll use it somewhere else around the house.
     
  18. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Active Member

    934
    Jun 5, 2017
    Chattanooga TN/Dickson TN
    1998 SeaRay 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alpha 1 drives
    It's pretty easy to pop the ladder out even after you jump in the water.

    I really like that I don't have any more foot prints to worry about.

    Give these folks a call. Saw them on Ship Shape TV.
    They might have the pattern already in their system and can send you a finished product ready to be installed.

    https://www.aquamarinedeck.com/swim-platform-pads
     

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