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    Ride plate winter clean up

    Well, now thats it's winter, I have a old Pro ride plate here that was absoloutely trashed. lol Big ol scrapes, gouges , lines from rocks and other pits and what nots. Holy smokes these things go thru hell out there.


    I'm going to restore this like new again. In the event the plate I have on the ski now fails me, I'll replace it with this one.

    Heres some before, during and after tonights grinding and sanding.. to be continued,, Too tired! lol Thats enough for 1 night. I used a red marks a lot in the pics below to idenify areas that are still pitted or scratched. if you blow the pics up, you can see the remnants of scratches and pits that still needs some work. Much easier to see them after you dye them.


    I bet if you check yours , it needs work! Do it before spring. you'll never do it then, may cost ya a MPH or 2.
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    Notice all the big lines are gone! Look at this side all covered with paint, and sealant!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bowsniper View Post
    Notice all the big lines are gone! Look at this side all covered with paint, and sealant!
    At least yours had sealant on it! Mine is concave, missing half the bolts, and had NO sealant at all on the plate!!! It is amazing the abuse this poor little SL has been through, so sad...

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    WOW, I thought mine was bad! yikes.

    Speaking of sealants..I wonder why there was so much there? Maybe to take up any air gaps undeneath it to prevent cavatation? or just went crazy with the sealant.

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    Little more work done on the plate tonight. most of the deep scratches are out now. just a couple pits here n there. Looking better! what grit should I finish with.? I've really been pondering this idea. Maybe glossy smooth like a mirror? or.. 180 and no higher? whatcha think? the hull at speed would already be on the plate. i wonder if it would handle better super smooth or with some grit on it?

    Here's the lastest pics

    Thats with 80 grit. really shows whats left to do. any big scratch you see or pitting was a lot bigger when I started.
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    Under Flourencent and Incasdesant Lights at differents times revealed all these pits n scratches still. I just hit all the areas witha red marks a lot.

    Now when I sand with a sander, i'll know what areas to hit to get it smooth.

    You can use this same technique on fiberglass and bondo work too. when the spots are gone, your smooth!
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    I know its winter and all, but da*n you guys get bored.

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    Just have it powdercoated and most, if not all the spots will go away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowsniper View Post
    ...when I sand with a sander, i'll know what areas to hit to get it smooth...
    Smooth is good, but straight is more important.

    Be sure you aren't creating a wavy or non-true bottom surface.

    The ride plate is the part that not only holds up most of the weight of the ski when on plane, but it also affects the handling and tracking.

    Even a small hollow or bump in the surface shape can affect speed and handling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seaobin View Post
    I know its winter and all, but da*n you guys get bored.

    That's exactly what I was thinking.

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