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Old    neal sharum (moomba55)      Join Date: Jan 2008       01-31-2008, 7:32 AM Reply   
when getting in the boat using the swim platform black residue from the surface of the platform gets all over interior. What might I do to fix the problem?
Old    Brooke (dizzyg)      Join Date: May 2005       01-31-2008, 7:41 AM Reply   
wash the boat more often. change your oil more often if it is from the exhaust
Old    Michael Cook (mcook77)      Join Date: Feb 2004       01-31-2008, 8:45 AM Reply   
Neal - you need to replace the platform surface. Contact Skiers Choice and inform them of what is happening, they will send you the replacement material for free. I had the same issue on my old boat.

You can search the forums here and there are steps to replacing it.
Old    neal sharum (moomba55)      Join Date: Jan 2008       01-31-2008, 9:25 AM Reply   
Michael- thanks for the help.
Old    Richard (nauty)      Join Date: Feb 2004       01-31-2008, 9:38 AM Reply   
Neal,

I did as Michael suggested last year. Skier's Choice was great about sending me out some new material ASAP. However, after a month or so the new material started tracking black residue as well. The issue is that UV rays are breaking down the material which causes it to come off on your feet. The material is sprayed with a UV inhibitor on the surface during manufacturing. However, much like sun screen, the UV inhibitor dissipates after a period of time allowing the material to break down.

I replaced material on my platform a second time, but this time I used Hydroturf which has a UV inhibitor blended in the actual material as opposed to being sprayed on top. So far I have had zero residue tracking. Unless Skier's Choice now has a new material that won't break down I would suggest going a different route (Hydroturf or Seadek).
Old    bthom (billthom)      Join Date: Apr 2005       01-31-2008, 9:44 AM Reply   
I did the replacement material from Skier's Choice last year. Same as Richard the relief was only temporary. About a month later it started all over again.
Old    Nacho (denverd1)      Join Date: May 2004       01-31-2008, 9:45 AM Reply   
rip it up and gator grip it.
Old    neal sharum (moomba55)      Join Date: Jan 2008       02-01-2008, 5:20 AM Reply   
I appreciate all the advice. Does anyone know if there is a place in the DFW area that sells any of these products. Hydroturf-Seadek-GatorGrip?
Old    TigeMike (chpthril)      Join Date: Oct 2007       02-01-2008, 6:14 AM Reply   
Order of the internet. I'm redoing mine with GG when it warms up.

www.wakejunky.com
Old    Richard (nauty)      Join Date: Feb 2004       02-01-2008, 6:47 AM Reply   
http://www.hydroturf.com/
Old    SEAN DEAN (05elitevc4)      Join Date: Jan 2008       02-01-2008, 6:50 AM Reply   
You could always get a teak one...never have had a problem with mine. And it looks great too!
Old    Zach (zacharoo)      Join Date: Nov 2005       02-01-2008, 7:46 AM Reply   
I second the teak deck. With just a little bi-yearly minor maintance you could have this......

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Old    Richard (nauty)      Join Date: Feb 2004       02-01-2008, 8:15 AM Reply   
I considered switching to teak when I was dealing with my residue issue, but spending $75 on Hydroturf was a whole lot cheaper than $400 + for a new teak platfrom.
Old    SEAN DEAN (05elitevc4)      Join Date: Jan 2008       02-01-2008, 8:22 AM Reply   
I just oil mine and keep it out of the sun when not in use. What other maintenace do you do to your step aquaholic?
Old    Zach (zacharoo)      Join Date: Nov 2005       02-01-2008, 8:37 AM Reply   
In the past I to oil but that lead to looking weather. So I now sand and recoat at the end of the season.

This is what it use look like with just teak oil

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Old    neal sharum (moomba55)      Join Date: Jan 2008       02-01-2008, 8:39 AM Reply   
the teak looks really nice but im not looking to spend to extra cash on it. probably going to use the gator grip
Old    SEAN DEAN (05elitevc4)      Join Date: Jan 2008       02-01-2008, 11:30 AM Reply   
So what do you put on it? Does it seal the wood or can it still "breath"??? Mine drys out and gets scuffed up like yours too from all the boards beating it up. But I oil it every time and whenever I head out it looks like your after pictures. I heard that you dont want to seal them up.
Old    JK (sidwayz)      Join Date: Jan 2008       02-01-2008, 2:31 PM Reply   
I used to treat the platform of my XLV with 303, never had a problem with it.
Old    Zach (zacharoo)      Join Date: Nov 2005       02-01-2008, 3:00 PM Reply   
It breaths, the teak is not sealed. I found this stuff on the web at www.allguardproducts.com
Its really amazing stuff. The deal with sealers is that the moisture in the wood comes to the surface when the wood gets hot. If the pours are sealed the moisture will bubble and blister the sealer. This stuff breathes and has a UV block. I used this stuff mid season and we too slide over the edge of the platform and it looks pretty much the same as when I apply it.
Old    SEAN DEAN (05elitevc4)      Join Date: Jan 2008       02-01-2008, 3:50 PM Reply   
Good deal thanks for the advise, much appreciated.
Old    neal sharum (moomba55)      Join Date: Jan 2008       02-18-2008, 1:07 PM Reply   
Gator Grip!
Old    neal sharum (moomba55)      Join Date: Jan 2008       02-18-2008, 1:13 PM Reply   
cant figure out how to upload a pic but thanks for all the help.

(Message edited by moomba55 on February 18, 2008)
Old    Matt (flyspec14)      Join Date: Apr 2005       02-18-2008, 1:21 PM Reply   
I'll second both Gator Grip and HydroTurf...

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