Removed ride plate to rebuild the Pump on my STXR, I could not remove the intake grate. The grate seems to be corroded in place due to the dissimilar steel shims. Ummmmm why are these plain steel?

...anyway the intake grate needs replacement and I could not break it free from the pump bracket. I figured I would remove the entire pump bracket from the hull and do the repair on a bench instead of being upside down with the ski on a trailer. Of course with so much silicone I've been scraping and prying for hours and not even a wiggle from the bracket. I assume the entire bracket is coated in silicone and thus glued to the hull.

Anyone remove the bracket before? any tips?