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Old Dec 07, 2014, 12:30 PM
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Aluminum Hatch Strips

Hello everyone, Happy Holidays to all. I am posting a question to see what others have done to help keep the aluminum hatch strips down on the engine hatch. This is the Thunderbolt kit I finished up last winter. The problem I am having is the engine hatch strips lift up on the corners or the strip completely comes off. I have used the supplied double sided tape numerous times on the hatch strips but they keep popping up or completely come off. I used the double sided tape on my crackerbox and it held the engine hatch strips on fine. I am looking to maybe use small screws to keep them down, has anyone used the screw method? Any other ideas that I can use to make sure these hatch strips stay down on the hatch for the long term?
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Old Dec 07, 2014, 01:20 PM
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Try putting a little crown in them before putting them on
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Old Dec 07, 2014, 01:54 PM
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George is right. You must bend the aluminum strip so that it matches the crown of the deck. Also do not try on a waxed deck. Clean the surface with rubbing alcohol before sticking down the tape.
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Old Dec 07, 2014, 01:57 PM
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I had the same trouble. I put a crown on the strips and they now stay down.
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Old Dec 07, 2014, 02:27 PM
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Larry- just in case you are wondering why, the straight piece of aluminum trim will be acting like a left spring when you just tape it down without pre-bending it. That means that the adhesive on the tape will always be under tension and will pull up if not bent.
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Old Dec 07, 2014, 04:20 PM
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Good suggestions , above .
My solution , all aluminum that I didn't want to tack or screw down inside the boat or on BLIVET'S case ( shown ) is held on with E 6000 . Sticks to alum. well , as well as painted surfaces .without damage to paint. Far exceeds Dow / GE silicone seal for strength and grip .

Bow the alum.
Clean painted surface with alcohol , alum . with laquer thinner .
Apply E 600 to alum.
Clamp in place ( Min. 36 hrs ) Because it will be tight ,so dry time will be long .
Immediately wipe off excess .
Wait 10-15 min. and wipe (roll ) off any smudges .
It will not screw up your paint ( I know , I got plenty on my urethaned mahogany )
Just another suggestion .

E 6000 .....clear .........spout tip . At MICHAELS or JOANN FABRICS .
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Old Dec 09, 2014, 10:40 PM
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Old Dec 10, 2014, 12:34 PM
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Originally Posted by patmat2350 View Post
Pins got the right look, but it will help to pre bend them.
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