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Old Feb 21, 2015, 02:27 PM
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Dumas deck fittings?

I have been reading and from what I can tell Dumas's deck fittings are a plated alloy of some sort. I have been reading that people in the past have sanded and filed these parts to make fix the lack luster quality that they come in. My question is did Dumas change the material these are cast in? because when I sanded and filed my to a smooth finish I did not find the yellow-ish colored alloy that many others found. Instead mine are bright and when polished look great! Did I just get lucky or am I mistaken?
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Old Feb 21, 2015, 02:46 PM
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Wow, that really looks good stephavee. I'm wondering how that shine will hold up over time particularly in a wet environment. I too was disappointed with the fittings that came with my Typhoon. Think I'll have to revisit the kit and try polishing it's fittings. Thanks.
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Old Feb 21, 2015, 03:26 PM
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I think its cast aluminum...If im right it should hold up well with periodic buffing. I wish I had a before picture! In my mind these fittings should come looking a lot better!
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Old Feb 21, 2015, 03:47 PM
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Dumas still cast their parts the way they always have, it is just that you may have gotten a set that was not plated. After they cast their parts they are sent out for barrel plating which consists of first plating with copper than with chrome. If anyone wishes to polish their deck fitting that are in the kit, call Dumas and ask to exchange the plated parts for un-plated parts which you can then polish up.

Un-plated Dumas fittings which have been polished up can be made to look like chrome. Remember to top coat the fittings with a clear coat to prevent tarnishing of the finish on the part. Also I now use the MACK attachment tape for installing hardware on finished decks to prevent gluing screw-upís.

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Old Feb 23, 2015, 07:18 AM
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I need to try this. I have my typhoon shelved because I'm so disappointed with the quality of the cast fittings.
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Old Feb 23, 2015, 09:23 AM
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If anyone wishes to polish their deck fitting that are in the kit, call Dumas and ask to exchange the plated parts for un-plated parts which you can then polish up.

I did this with my Dumas Triple. Dumas was very quick in replacing the plated parts with unplated.
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