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Sticky swivel seat posts

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I've got a couple sticky seat posts that are very tough to slide into the floor mounting bracket. It's almost like the aluminum swivel-eeze have expanded, making them not-so-slide-eeze. Any recommendations, other than cutting up the carpet and replacing the floor brackets?

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Silicone spray lubricant works for me.

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I purchased a small tube of powered graphite and dusted some in the base and also on the seat pole. This worked out pretty darn good and you dont have a wet, sticky mess and dirty hands when done.

After putting some on I place the seat in the base and turn it and pull it in and out a few times to work the graphite to all areas.

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Harveys right but you may use some steel wool (Fine)on the inside of the bases first! They do corrode : grin.gif

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You are right about the steel wool. The reason I didnt do it to my seats the first application is they are brand new. It made a huge difference with a new boat so an older boat it should work even better when the corrision is steel wooled clean. You do need a smooth surface. I have never used silicone before but I think the powered graphite might be better as it wont attract as much dirt as silicone will as the silicone is a liquid. Just a thought.

Sparce, good point I forgot to mention. Thanks. smile.gif

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I have the same problem with the seats on my Ranger, except it's where the seats go into the post. The connections are plastic. I've had to use a rubber mallet to pound them out of the post before. I sprayed them with silicone and they come out easier ,but still not they way they should. Any ideas?

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First make sure the base and pedestal are clean. There is a lot of moisture and dirt in a boat and it can get in there. The steel wool is a good idea since it is a mild abrasive. For lubricating I put parrafin wax on the pedestal and it lasts one to two seasons. I keep a piece in the dry box.

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I purchased a small tube of powered graphite and dusted some in the base and also on the seat pole. This worked out pretty darn good and you dont have a wet, sticky mess and dirty hands when done.

After putting some on I place the seat in the base and turn it and pull it in and out a few times to work the graphite to all areas.


To go a step further, you can get graphite spray. It goes on just like spray paint. If properly preped, and allowed to cure properly, like paint, it will stay on for a long time.

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Pam frying pan spray,just a little or it gets sloppie. cool.gif

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Warning!!!! do not use wd-40 or similare spray. It will soften the plastic enough that if you are in some heavy waves they will pop out base and could be very dangerous

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dry silicone spray from Menards does the trick!

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