Taco Marine - Projects Guide - page 18

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PREPARATION
Follow these steps for repairing a Bimini Top:
• Remove your Bimini Top from your boat
• Remove the damaged fittings & tube sections
using a screwdriver or drill, allen wrench &
spray lubricant
• Measure the fittings & tube you removed and
refer to the product selection portion on page
20 to help determine which part is best for your
replacement
• Clean the gelcoat and fill all holes with silicone
sealant or 3M 5200
• Measure the old tubing. Cut the lengths of
tubing you need, removing any burrs with a
metal file
• If you are replacing stainless steel tube with a
bend in it, we recommend you take the old
piece and the new tubing to a local Marine
Bimini Top Professional, Electrician or Plumber.
They have the bending equipment to make the
right bend for you
INSTALLATION
1. Secure any fittings to be attached to the deck
using stainless steel screws and a screwdriver or drill
2. Attach all slide-on fittings onto the tube and secure the set screws if
provided. You may need to refer back to the set screw punctures on the old
tube to determine where the new fittings should be located, especially if the
tube is new
3. Attach all remaining end fittings and secure them with the set screws if provided
4. Re-install your canvas top
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
• Wash with soap & water and avoid chemicals, especially bleach
• Apply a polish coating regularly for added protection and beauty
• Never use course abrasives like sandpaper or steel wool
• Remove stain spots as soon as possible with a brass, silver or chrome cleaner
HANDY HANKS’ TIPS:
Stainless Steel Tubing
requires special cutting
blades. Your local Marine
Bimini Top Professional
usually has appropriate
cutting tools if they are
unavailable to you.
Apply silicone sealant or 3M
5200 to the screw threads
when you're securing fittings
to the deck of the boat. This
will help seal the holes.
Apply Loc-Tite to all set
screws before tightening to
prevent them from loosening
in rough waters.
Polish your tube & fittings
before you install them for
added protection! Water can
collect between the tube and
fittings and hold in moisture,
salt & other residue.
Bends must be made with
fittings in place.
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