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Old     (phunnel)      Join Date: Aug 2007       05-02-2008, 2:40 PM Reply   
I was wondering if anyone has put the clear 3M tape on the back of their boats above the swim platform to protect it against people chipping the gel coat while putting on boards. How well does it stand up to the water and such

Old     (deltaboy)      Join Date: Jan 2007       05-02-2008, 2:46 PM Reply   
Have it on our boat and so far so good. Barely can see it and does the job.
Old    mendo247            05-02-2008, 3:12 PM Reply   
Yeah ive always ran it. Usually change it out every couple years. It tends to get nicked up and sometimes starts to crinkle where it gets hit hard but thats just saving your boat.
Old     (05mobiuslsv)      Join Date: Apr 2006       05-02-2008, 3:30 PM Reply   
I've got it and it serves it's purpose.
Old     (phunnel)      Join Date: Aug 2007       05-02-2008, 3:40 PM Reply   
where did you guys pick it up from? what is the height of the piece that you have installed? any pics? sorry for all the questions :-)
Old     (05mobiuslsv)      Join Date: Apr 2006       05-02-2008, 3:43 PM Reply   
Got mine from Boaters world. Piece is about 2.5-3" high. Sorry no pics, you can't even see it anyways.
Old     (deltaboy)      Join Date: Jan 2007       05-02-2008, 4:07 PM Reply   
Overton's 4" I think.
Old     (deltaboy)      Join Date: Jan 2007       05-02-2008, 4:24 PM Reply   
Here Jason this is what I have. Apparently it comes in 3 or 5 inch. This is a good price too. _TransomShield_3_x_105&cname=Hardware&aID=24L&merc hID=1009&r=view

If you look at the reflection of the transom on the end of the swim step that is where it is in the picture.

(Message edited by deltaboy on May 02, 2008)
Old     (my_malibu)      Join Date: Feb 2008       05-02-2008, 9:14 PM Reply   
west marine has them on sale for $40 clearence
Old     (deltaboy)      Join Date: Jan 2007       05-03-2008, 11:18 AM Reply   
31 at overtons
Old     (trdon)      Join Date: Sep 2007       05-03-2008, 12:46 PM Reply   
The easy-to-install TransomShield is a shock-absorbing, clear, UV-stable urethane polymer that is only 12mm thick. Guaranteed not to yellow

Holy crap, that is nearly 1/2 inch think. That has to be a typo.
Old     (mcrider)      Join Date: Jun 2007       05-03-2008, 1:19 PM Reply   
can someone post a link for the 3m tape... can't seem to find it for fiberglass only auto paint
Old     (05mobiuslsv)      Join Date: Apr 2006       05-03-2008, 1:26 PM Reply   
Seriously Joe why don't you try the above link.

Don that has to be a typo, the stuff on my boat is about 1/16" thick.
Old     (deltaboy)      Join Date: Jan 2007       05-03-2008, 9:44 PM Reply   
Maybe more like 12 mils. Agree w/ newbu . Its thiner than my reg. stickers. By the way Joe this stuff is the 3m clear adhesive.
Old     (davidhep23)      Join Date: Feb 2007       05-04-2008, 6:45 AM Reply   
I just put the 3m clear adhesive on. The only complaint I have is I wish I had put it on last year as soon as I purchase the boat.
Old     (tyler97217)      Join Date: Aug 2004       05-04-2008, 7:28 AM Reply   
yeah i have 3m clear bra on my transom and also on my gunwales... i love it... completely protects the boat
Old     (dicky_diehl)      Join Date: May 2007       05-04-2008, 6:31 PM Reply   
hey diggs what product are you using and does it look good on the gunwales with the black gelcoat.i was wondering becuase i've got a black 22ssv like yours and was thinking about getting something to protect the paint from scrathes so as much info as you could give would be appreciated.
Old     (etakk7)      Join Date: Apr 2006       05-04-2008, 8:38 PM Reply   
I have the 3" TransomSheild (with 3M adhesive) on my transom, beginning last summer. It's pretty thick and hardly noticeable. I'm extremely impressed with it. When surfing last year I lost my balance and shot the board tip straight into the transom. I took a healthy nick out of the sticker but it did it's job and protected the gelcoat. I also got mine on clearance from and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I tossed around the idea of making a teak transom protector but that would not have been 3" tall and wouldn't have helped on the "accident" I had with the surfboard.
Old     (tyler97217)      Join Date: Aug 2004       05-05-2008, 6:50 AM Reply   
I just used plain old 3M Clear Bra that I got from a friend that runs a sign shop. I put a patch about 6 inches high accross the transom and then put my Supra sticker right over it. On the gunwales I put it from the tower back to about the gas cap. If you are not familiar with the stuff have a pro install it or you will not be happy with the results. Go to a window tinting or automotive accessories place and they should be able to help you out.
Most people have no idea I have it on my boat. You can see it after you wax the boat, cause you will see the wax line at the sticker, but then you take a tooth pick and pull out the wax and it is relatively unnoticeable unless you know it is there... I woiuld do it all over again if I have a colored hull
Old     (dicky_diehl)      Join Date: May 2007       05-05-2008, 7:25 AM Reply   
thanks diggs i appreciate the info here is a pic of my setup.Upload
Old     (tyler97217)      Join Date: Aug 2004       05-05-2008, 8:30 AM Reply   
Daddy likes!
Old     (newty)      Join Date: May 2005       05-05-2008, 9:11 PM Reply   
Diggs, can you get me your 3m guys #?
Missed you guys friday for the fireworks. Actually missed everyone.. We were the only boat out there.
Really need to get that stuff on there. That color shows everything, and then some!
Old     (tyler97217)      Join Date: Aug 2004       05-06-2008, 7:00 AM Reply   
We missed you out Sunday and Monday... Good times... littel wind chop but fun...
My guy is not really doing this, but APEX in Beaverton is doing this stuff and will do a better job anyway. Give me a buzz later today and I will get you his contact info...
Old     (big_b_21v)      Join Date: Oct 2006       05-06-2008, 9:27 AM Reply   
Hey Ryan, Here is the Apex information. I just happened to have the card sitting on my desk. The guys at Kingpin are using them too. They just gave me the card yesterday.
12225 SW Millikan Way
Beaverton, OR 97005
Old     (tyler97217)      Join Date: Aug 2004       05-06-2008, 11:45 AM Reply   
they seem really cool... they do great vinyl repair, tinting, etc.... they will probably remember if you tell them my black boat. Can't remember the guys name to talk to, but I could find it if needed....
Old     (millerda31)      Join Date: Dec 2004       05-06-2008, 11:55 AM Reply   

Ultimate Window Tinting also does the 3M clearbra. I have spoken to them about it and just need to get my boat over there so they can custom cut some pieces for it. It's a bit closer for us over here in Vancouver.

Ultimate Window Tinting
6900 NE Highway 99
Vancouver, WA. 98665
Old     (johnny_defacto)      Join Date: Sep 2006       05-06-2008, 3:33 PM Reply   
I use the 3M clear strip too... 4" high x 36" long. It works really well and in 2 seasons has not begun to yellow. looks as new as new.
Old     (newty)      Join Date: May 2005       05-06-2008, 6:09 PM Reply   
Cool! Thanks for the info fellas!
Hey just a heads up I found a detail/tint mobile (Portland and sorrounding areas to Woodland) guy thats super affordable and does pretty good work. PM me if you want details. He's doing my tint next week I'll let you know how it turns out.
Sorry for the hi-jack.


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