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    Installing Hydro Turf Mats

    Im getting ready to install my new mats! Just looking for any advice or little things that I might run into that anybodys had prior expierence with! One thing Id like to find out is if anybodies got a good way of containing the factory rivots when there drilled out so that they arent just laying around in my hull!


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    when applying the mats, I use DAP Gel contact cement.
    No runs

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    the mats were a bitch for me

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    i bought a open box set off of ebay. Anyone have instructions on how to do this? how do you fill the holes were the old mat used to stick in?

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    Hope this helps!


    Not sure if you have installed Hydro-Turf before, but I have twice. Once on my 1996 XP and once on my 2004 RXP. The RXP took half the time as the 1996 XP did, as doing the 1996 XP was my first time and I was learning a lot. I pretty much did every part of the 1996 XP mat install wrong. lol.

    Depending on your ski you will have to drill the old mat rivets out. Take a drill and drill them out. Depending on how dirty it is under the mats, take a rag, get it damp and put a few dabs of Dawn soap on the rag. Wipe down the area where the mats will be. Take a medium grit sand block and lightly sand the area where the new mats will go. Take another damp rag and wipe off the dust and soap that is left behind. Fill in the holes with the epoxy that comes with the Hydro-Turf. If you have a friend near by, have him do one side while you do the other. People say to use a stick to wipe the epoxy into the holes, I just used my finger. Much easier and faster. Wash your hands when you are done. Let the epoxy dry a few hours.

    Hydro-Turf will recommend DAP Weldwood glue. You can get it almost any hardware store. You only need one can. Buy the cheapest paintbrush. DO ONE MAT SECTION AT A TIME! Take the mat you wish to put on the ski and do a test fit on the ski. This gives you an idea of where to apply the glue to ski. Apply a good amount of Weldwood glue to the ski where you plan on laying down the mat. Better to use a little more than not enough. Watch the glue dry, literally. lol. Once the glue starts to get slightly tacky, take the mat section that matches the area on the ski where you put the glue on. Take that mat and apply an even thin coat of glue to the underside of the mat. Make sure you cover the whole mat, including the edges. DO NOT PUT THE MAT ON THE SKI YET! The glue on the mat will look shiny. Wait for it to get unshiny or look like a matte finish (this could take up to 10 minutes. relax, the glue isn't going to dry hard on you). At this point it will feel tacky. Once it is not shiny, line it up and start from one side and press down firmly. Work your way across to the other side. If you do it right, it should stay stuck down and not lift up at all. If the mats lift up, when you do the next section let the glue set longer before you apply the mat to the ski. Do this for each mat section. Depending on weather, let them dry for at least 3 days.

    If you get your Hydro-Turf and you pull it out of the bag and it doesn't lay flat, take a heat gun or hair dryer and heat the mats up and bit. Play with them and form them to lay flat.

    If you install it right, the Hydro-turf should never lift up. I did my RXP a year ago and the turf still looks brand new. As for the 1996 XP, I layed down the mat after I applied the glue and the mats lifted up. I had to keep pressing it down to get it to finally stay. A few times on the water and the mats lifted up in the front edges on the 1996 XP.

    Have fun! I wish I could do it for you, applying Hydro-Turf is fun!

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    Last edited by KeithKman; 06-05-2008 at 02:25 PM.

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    When I have to do mats again I would definitely get the ones with peel and stick. Well worth the extra $20. My ski's an 05 RXP(black top deck). The contact cement is yellow/brown. I was very careful applying the glue, but you can't avoid getting some to show off to the sides of the mats. It's ugly, and it's almost forever! I actually think N.A.S.A. uses it to glue the ceramic tiles to the nose of the space shuttle! If your skis top deck is black, I would look into neoprene wet suit contact cement. It's black.
    What helped me, was to lay out the mats and pencil around them. Then try to keep the glue inside the lines. (The lines are our friends) After brushing the glue onto the deck, and the back of the mats, let it dry untill it's not tacky to the touch. The stuff is good to use for over two hours at this point. Then apply wax paper to the back of the mats and trim it close. When your ready to start laying down your mats,(I start at the front)peel back a little of the wax paper and carefully stick the the mat to the hull. If you get it crooked or in the wrong place, your probably screwed. Remember, contact cement is almost forever! Holding the rest of the mat off the deck, you can peel back the wax paper a little at a time and press your mat into place as you go. Hope this helps. Good luck


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    Thanks for taking the time to reply. I am worried the kit i got does not include what is needed to plug the holes. Anything i can buy at the stores to do that? marine grade silicone i'd think?

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    that or some kind of Epoxy is what the hydroturff inst. say

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    5200 quick dry worked good for me, once it dries it permanent..also i put a piece of tape undernieth to keep from dripping down.that blue masking tape as it will release

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    I would think that any kind of silicone or epoxy would be fine, but honestly it's probably not even necessary since no water can get under the mats. I did use epoxy though. It dries quick and you can get right to the gluing.

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