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Old 05-10-2017, 03:46 PM   #1
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Fender Covers

We need ideas on how to cover our fenders. They are looking pretty bad. Thanks for your suggestions!
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Old 05-10-2017, 03:56 PM   #2
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Greetings,
Welcome aboard. The Admiral bought some covers last season made from a terry cloth material. They lasted one year in the FL sun. In the past we've had marginally better performance from custom made oness of Sunbrella material. Have you made any attempt to clean them? I would also hesitatingly suggest painting them with a plastic paint BUT I do not know if that could cause bigger problems...
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Old 05-10-2017, 04:31 PM   #3
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Thanks so much for the suggestions!!
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Ours are looking rough too. They are black and they feel chalky. Hubby said PO said they had painted before.
We were talking about covers...not sure if the expense is worth it or not.
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You can clean bumpers with acetone. Use lots of rags. Gets rid of the dirt, but doesn't do anything for the dings and scratches.
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Wife made ours going on four years now. Video on Sailrite.com
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Gojo hand cleaner works great on cleaning them. make sure to get the stuff with pumus, not the soft creamy stuff. use a soft bristle brush and rinse
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now, does anyone have an idea on repairing a small crack in a fender? I tried some fix a flat but it isn't holding
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now, does anyone have an idea on repairing a small crack in a fender? I tried some fix a flat but it isn't holding
That is probably asking a lot. Once the fender won't hold air, time to toss and replace.
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now, does anyone have an idea on repairing a small crack in a fender? I tried some fix a flat but it isn't holding
Some fenders have a lifetime guarantee. Worth checking on.
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Google up "Making boat fender covers"...Sailrite has a video, and sells a material that is heavy duty, soft, non-absorbent, UV rated. They show you how to make them too. (I have no affiliation with Sailrite - just like the product). Requires a heavy sewing machine, but if you don't have one maybe an upholstery shop would do the fab work? I bet you could do 75% of the prep yourself.
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now, does anyone have an idea on repairing a small crack in a fender? I tried some fix a flat but it isn't holding
Sikaflex or similar might work, but is it worth it?
BTW, Riviera sell branded fender covers for $80 each. Bargain!
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I've seen some folks buy a pair of sweats...makes 2 cyliner covers and one for a ball fender if you get them big enough.
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I just finished making six of the sailrite video fender covers. They look good and should be plenty tough--find out this summer!! Material is boat blanket and hook velcro- about $70, and 30 minutes labor each if you have some sewing skills
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I've seen some folks buy a pair of sweats...makes 2 cyliner covers and one for a ball fender if you get them big enough.
Awesome idea!!
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Haven't seen the need for covers. Feeling fortunate!

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We bought six fender covers from Cape Hatteras Marine six years ago and they still look like new. PS we boat 12 months a year here in southern California.
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Google up "Making boat fender covers"...Sailrite has a video, and sells a material that is heavy duty, soft, non-absorbent, UV rated. They show you how to make them too. (I have no affiliation with Sailrite - just like the product). Requires a heavy sewing machine, but if you don't have one maybe an upholstery shop would do the fab work? I bet you could do 75% of the prep yourself.
Got a machine from them. Admiral made covers plus a whole bunch of other things. The material is called Boat Blanket from Sailrite and holds up well.

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Very nice!
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Cool... Thanks
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