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    Deck mat glue

    I had a horrible experience with the red can Weldwood contact cement. Which I've read many positive comments on.

    I scraped the hull down with a chisel to get the old stuff off (worked very well) and then cleaned the old mat (however it still had a lot of old stuff on it). I cleaned them both with gasoline which really helped loosen up the adhesive so I could scrap it off.

    I applied the cement then laid the mat on. To my disappointment the mat started curling up immediately and only got worse, to the point where it was ridiculous and I just peeled the whole thing off.

    Any insight? Maybe the gas was a bad thing.....


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    You have to let the glue dry before you stick it. That stuff sticks like crazy. Make sure everything is clean. Glue both surfaces, let it dry (might take 15 minutes or so). Then stick the mats down. You are only going to get one chance, once it sticks, you won't be able to peel it up. Any excess can be cleaned up with lacquer thinner.

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    ah ha great! I guess I should have done that 15 minutes later then. I should have probably read the directions too.

    I'll try scraping it off and re-doing it again.

    thanks

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    I used Goo Gone citrus based remover and a chisel when I took off my old mats. Then I wiped down with mineral spirits before applying the new mats. It took a lot of elbow grease but came out very nice.

    Gas isn't really a good solvent to use on stuff like that.

    KJ

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    you can just apply more glue over the old glue if its pretty new, let both sides dry , then stick together.

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    reapplied and now counting down the 15 minutes......

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    WOW! what a difference! For anyone who views this thread in the future, make sure to let it sit for 15 minutes before applying.

    That stuff is so strong that it peeled the cement right off of the mats when I lifted it up. It's a little difficult because you have to be exact on where you place the mat b/c that stuffs grips as soon as it comes into contact. I have to tear mine off about 3 times before i fit mine. If this weakened it when it comes off i'll just reapply.

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