Installing a Keelshield On Your Catfish Boat

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    well a month ago i was fortunate enough to win a keelshiled certificate from the b.o.c. valued at $200. hers a detailed set of ins on installing. thanks to the sponser and the b,o,c, for my opertunity winning this.

    step 1. remove the keelshield kit from the box. lay the shield flat and look through the kit. make sure all the supplies are there. you will need to buy paper towels and plenty of isopropyl alcohol. reccomended that you get some 4200 3m fast cure sealent or marine grade sealent as well to seal after installation.

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    (do not use any other cleaner besides isop alc, it is the only cleaner that will not leave a film that interfears with adheasive)

    step 2. (i didn't go through this step.) not mandatory but recomended. hold or tape the keelshield to the hull to get the location marked. a friend helps out alot or even 2. mark the outline of the area with a grease pen or crayon. the shield should be 6-9" above the crafts resting waterline. the line where the craft sits in water. tape on the outside edge of this area. this area will be the area to prep for the adheasive.

    step 3. clean this area thoroughly with alcohol. DO NOT use any other cleaner. make sure that its 70 degrees or warmer or this will hinder the adheasive. i put a couple heaters under the boat cause it was mid 60's. clean this area time and time again untill there is no dirt appearing on the towels. then clean again to be sure. claen this entire area.

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    step 4.then take the scotch brite pad (supplied with kit) and scuff the area. you don't need to apply strong pressure. you just want to remove gloss from area.


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    step 5. clean this area once again with alcohol just as you did before scuffing. clean thoroughly. only use alcohol once again.

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    step 6. take the activator wipe packs out of the kit.

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    now with the latex glove (supplied with kit) open one wipe at a time. do not unfold. the activator will evaporate quiclky. apply a thin coat of it to the area and unfold as ya go. apply to entire area. let dry 5 min.

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    step 7. now your ready to apply the shield. (if you chose to use masking tape to mark the area remove this now. any access activator and pen marks can be removed after instalation with alcohol.) mark the center of the shield with tape front and rear on the color side. peel back 1' of the center strip of the backing.(DO NOT TOUCH EITHER THE HULL OR THE ADHEASIVE) oils from the skin will get on them and it winn not adhear well.

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    start slow. center the shield so the center is parrallel with the hull center. begin sticking the first foot and keep it centered. continue peeling a foot at a time of just the center off and attaching. go all the way to rear.

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    step 8. now pick a side. start at front and begin removing the backing from the side and working the shield from center out. this helps remove air bubbles.

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    slowly work down the side. i had the shield in the shed at about 80 degrees. the warmer it is the more plyable it is. if needed use the handle of a screwdriver to work it into place.

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    slowly go down other side the same. removing only a foot or less at a time to reduce accidental stickage. (ONCE IT IS STUCK IT CANNOT BE MOVED.)

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    STEP 9. now that its stuck take the squeege (provided) and run the felt side in the grooves applying pressure. run it through all groves and ribs. the adheasive is pressure sensitive. pressure helps the adheasion process.

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    your keel shield is on. now this step is optional but reccomended. (if you boat is in water 24/7 a below water sealent is required.)

    recommended step. take 3m 4200 fast cure adheasive sealent or another marine grade sealent and apply a small bead around the shileds entire edge sealing it to hull.

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    this step ensures longer life and less chance of water entering behind.

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    your done. there is no down time. you may launch the boat immed after installation. (if you use the reccomended sealent follow manf, recomendations on cure time.)

    now your boat has the ultimate in hull protection. show with pride with the complimentary decal on the window next to MR. WHISKERS. :D

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