ScuffBuster Installation Guide
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.
CAUTION. When working or bending this product always wear gloves to prevent injury to yourself and others. This product can and will cut your skin if not handled properly.
STEP 1 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 any number of products such as alcohol, acetone, toluene or xylene. 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. Always be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions when using any cleaning agent. 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.
STEP 2 Mark the boat hull area where the front trailer roller or V stop contacts the boat hull
STEP 3 Place it over the area you marked and carefully bend the ScuffBuster to fit the shape and curvature of the boat hull. The Scuffbuster has the centre pre-creased to aid in bending it precisly in the centre. It is recomended to over bend it slightly, by hand, so it "hugs" the hull. This will prevent any memory of the metal from pulling away from the bond. If your boat has strakes or chines that meet up to the center of the keel, you can take a rubber mallet and gently tap the material to form around the surface, and create a custom fit. Be certain to leave the protective liner on the ScuffBuster Bow Protector while performing this task.
STEP 4 Remove the liner off the adhesive being careful not to touch the adhesive with your hands. Carefully place the Scuffbustrer in position and apply firm pressure to get good contact and to activate the adhesive compounds. A rubber mallet can also be used to provide a closer fit to the hull. If desired a bead of 3M 5200, or similar adhesive, can be applied around the outer edge of the Scuffbuster to seal off moisture.