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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2014 10:07 am 
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I have a hotstick that has not been used in several years. The surface of the fiberglass is pretty dried out. I would not use it as is, given the fact that it would flake fibers into my hand. It is not splintered or damaged, just old. you get the idea....

Any recommendations on what I could do to reseal it and make it useful again? Thought about some spar grade polyurethane. That's what I've used on fiberglass stepladder rails when they get dried out, but on a ladder, your hands touching the rail is not nearly as integral as holding on to tugging hotstick.

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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2014 10:19 am 
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Is it hairy? I've seen that before.

Either tape it up, paint it with appliance epoxy, or seal it with a thin coat of 2 part epoxy.

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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2014 10:30 am 
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I like the appliance epoxy thought.... that is typically pretty thick material. What about gelcoat?


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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2014 10:38 am 
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Gelcoat would probably chip too easily. Appliance epoxy would be my bet. Let's see what others say on this forum.

I tried spray on Plastidip on my hotstick once. It just pealed off. Don't try that.

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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 6:47 am 
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try poly glow or wipe new
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 12:46 pm 
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I like wrapping my tiller extensions with a bicycle inner tube.
A 700c x 20-25c Road tube fits the white Hobie fiberglass extensions well.
Cut the tube and slide it over the extension like a sausage casing.
One tube covers 6ft of extension.
Ask for a free tube from any road cyclist or bike shop. Some cyclists don't patch, and are happy to share a tube that doesn't hold air.
Hairspray or compressed air can help get it on.
The rubber has a great texture feel and will cover the fiberglasss.
The bad: Bicycle rubber has poor UV resistance. So if you leave your tiller extension attached and uncovered, you will replace annually.

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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 8:54 pm 
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hi just a thought, what about using black heat shrink plastic? it should seal it, be nice to the grip and look good to boot.


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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 8:19 am 
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Good short term report on this topic.....

I purchased an aerosol appliance epoxy paint. Put two coats on the stick, sanded it lightly and put a 3rd coat on the stick. Took it on the water over the weekend.

As you know when sitting on the tramp near the back of the boat, you are not holding the end of the stick, your hand is part way down it, on the fiberglass. With about 3 hrs on the water it felt and acted like a BRAND NEW HOTSTICK. We'll see how it weathers throughout the season as the boat is now loaded on the beach for the summer.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 6:42 am 
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Used Poly Glow this week on the Hobie Hot Stick Does not look quite new but it is pretty close for one that is 25 years old and has been left outside more often than I should have allowed. It is now very shiny and black again
Still getting the dark blue hulls on the HC21SE ready to poly glow probably this week.
Pretty amazing stuff. I have used it for about 5 years and will continue.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 10:01 pm 
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So we were wondering through Home Depot and found this product called fiber fix. Basically it is cast material. Like when you break your arm. It says it is water proof!... We wanted something that had more grip. Than just the stick. So we got 3 boxes and put it on. Works fantastic!!
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