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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-01-2018, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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Paint bubbles / blisters in footwell 2017 FX

The paint in the footwells of my 2017 FX SVHO is blistering. I noticed this later in this summer season. I store my waverunner on a floating dock next to my 2015 VX. both with Yamaha covers. the covers allow rain water through and the footwells fill with water on a regular basis. My 2015 is fine, no paint problems.


My dealer said it happens to others and Yamaha will not fix it. I then heard a different dealer is getting Yamaha to repaint the units that are blistering.


Anyone else have this problem? Has the dealer or Yamaha fixed it?


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You say the "paint" in the footwells, do you mean the gelcoat? It's two completely different things. Gelcoat blistering is an issue that sometimes happens with fiberglass boats. When it occurs in a new or newer boat, it usually is a defect from the manufacturing process, Google it for a complete explanation.
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It is my understanding that a 2017 FX is painted.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-08-2018, 08:40 PM
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Yes, your ski is painted.
That being said, Yamaha should repaint as it is a defect and should be under warranty. Try calling Yamaha directly and talk to customer service.
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Same problem The paint or gelcoat in the footwells of my 2017 EX is blistering. Purchase 03/15/2017 I noticed this 09/25/2019 I store my Waverunner on a trailer with a aftermarket covers. My covers also allows rain water through and the footwells fill with water on a regular basis. I will call Yamaha Customer Relations at 1-800-962-7926
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Same problem The paint or gelcoat in the footwells of my 2017 EX is blistering. Purchase 03/15/2017 I noticed this 09/25/2019 I store my Waverunner on a trailer with a aftermarket covers. My covers also allows rain water through and the footwells fill with water on a regular basis. I will call Yamaha Customer Relations at 1-800-962-7926
When storing, raise the tongue of the trailer enough that the water can't settle in the footwells.
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Thanks I will setup a ez way to raise that tongue today I'm so PO the unit is in mint shape except for this paint problem. I'm afraid if any attempt to fix might make it worse. I will keep a eye on it and maybe when it gets real bad I put a decal or racing stripe in that area. You are 100% right you can't let rain water sit in the footwells. We have to get the word out. RAISE THE TONGUE
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Go to walmart, academy sports, or other store that sells some boating and towing stuff and get a trailer jack with the wheel, then put a 8"concrete block under the wheel, but chock the tires.
This is a issue that has plagued pwc's for decades, and I have even seen boats with blistering on the bottom of the hulls.
Most paints are not designed for extended periods of water submersion, and the blistering is the result. Once the adhesion to the sub straight or primer is lost, the only way to fix it is to sand it off and repaint or apply gel coat (royal pain in the butt).
Be very polite and talk to the customer rep like your talking to one of us or a friend. Have fun with them and the conversation. It really makes a big difference how things can get handled. Remember, they are people and just doing their job per someone else's instructions.

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Also go online and order a water proofer for the cover. Walmart also has some that I use on my hunting coats that works very well. Anything that helps the water not soak through.
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