ScuffBuster™ protection guards are very simple to install; however, the following instructions must be strictly followed. Any short cuts will jeopardize and compromise the full bonding capabilities of the 3M® adhesive. For best results, the ScuffBuster products should be installed at an ambient temperature of 60 degrees or above.
Before installing your ScuffBuster™ protector, fiberglass mold release agents, waxes or contaminants must be removed from the surface of the boat. This can be done by cleaning with isopropyl alcohol. Do not use paint thinner, lacquer thinner or other petroleum-based cleaners as they will leave a film, and compromise the bond to the adhesive. To further enhance the bonding process, lightly etch the area using a mild scotch brite pad, steel wool pad or light 320 grit sandpaper, followed by the above mentioned cleaning.
Mark the boat hull area where the front trailer roller or V stop contacts the boat hull.
When you are installing the bow protector, place it over the area you marked and carefully bend the ScuffBuster™ to fit the shape and curvature of the boat hull. It is suggested to over-bend slightly so as to create a “hugging” of the hull. This will aid in the long term bonding of the adhesive and take away any memory of the stainless steel. Be certain to leave the protective liner on the ScuffBuster™ Bow Protector while performing this task.
Remove the liner off the adhesive and carefully place the ScuffBuster in position. Firmly apply pressure to get good contact and activate the adhesive compounds. If desired, you can place a bead of caulk or silicone around the edges to make a water tight seal.
Precautionary Statement: The ScuffBuster is not designed to prevent damage in event of collision impact. This product is designed to prevent scuffmarks, abrasions and minor damage from trailering.
CAUTION! When working or bending this product, ALWAYS WEAR GLOVES to prevent injury to yourself and others. This product can cut your skin if not handled properly.