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how to get Durabac off my deck...

Durabac is just like that rubber non skid rubber based protective that they use on pickup trucks and sometimes for marine use. I have tried a heat gun, and scraper which did not work very good and I have tried just scraping it with a sharp putty knife but it still doesn't work very well. So some proven suggestions would be appreciated.
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Try using Xylol or Xylene to soften it first, then scrape.
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Why?

Just wondering why you are taking it off as I was thinking about putting it on? The only bad stuff I've heard about it is that it is damn near impossible to get off. Which is said to by part of the reason it's so good, as in durable and tenacious. I'm hoping it's just the color you don't like as opposed to problems as I'd pretty much made my mind up and the deck is sanded just waiting for warm enough weather to paint. Any feedback would be appreciated.
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I can share my experience with Durabak. I did a complete paint job on my boat in the spring of '06. It looked fantastic and was the most effective nonskid I had ever seen.






Before the end of the first season, the edges appeared chipped and uneven.



I called the Durabak distributor and was told that there must have been some tape residue that seeped under the edges. That didn't sound right to me but I liked the stuff so I bought some more and put on another (3rd) coat the next spring. This time it came with a catalyst; the first batch didn't. It went on easily and so far has held up well.

On reflection, the original chipping may have been caused by our new puppy with sharp nails. I don't think it was a problem with the tape, as I removed it as soon as the paint was tacky.

One more thing: don't use white. I painted my pop-top with white Durabak and was very disappointed. It seemed to attract dirt and was impossible to get completely clean. It looked like it was mildewed. I ended up painting over it with polyurethane.

I am happy with the tan Durabak on the rest of the boat. It still looks good, is easy on the feet and butt, and it gives you solid footing no matter how far you are heeled over.

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how hot does the tan get underfoot???
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Not hot at all. It is always comfortable underfoot. While Minnesota is not exactly tropical (-22 yesterday) we do have hot summers!
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5 gals of gasoline..apply sparingly..then walk back 5 feet or more, take a deep breath...light a match...

It will all come off..ALL of it...guarantee you will never ever have to clean that boat
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is the durabak easy to clean?
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is the durabak easy to clean?
Yes, with soap and water and a brush. A rag gets caught on the texture. White Durabak is impossible to clean.
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Henry, I was just admiring your boat in the issue of SCA I picked up yesterday, and was wishing that there were some larger photos somewhere... and voila!
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