Flush deck spring cleats

Samp

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Talk about a pain in the butt…These get stuck in the recessed position, and I can’t seem to figure out how to loosen them so I can get them up without using a screwdriver to pry them open. There’s a backing plate with limited access, but it looks like a simple low tech thing. There’s probably debris in there somewhere…These aren’t spring loaded, but get locked open by friction, if that makes sense. It’s a minor thing, but really frigging annoying. Maybe KY jelly?

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The cleat above is probably the best solution. Any thing you put on it that leaves a residual film could just attract more debris and salt. If I were going try it though I would probably try Fluid Film first.
 

ArchHibb

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Fluid Film is pretty slimey and will def attract debris. I’d start with something like WD40, or better yet, Boeshield T9. Work it free and then operate it frequently thereafter, whether needed or not.

I like these spring-loaded cleats on my boat - press on them w/ hand or foot to open & close. No pulling or prying nec.


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jbg108

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I have the same problem with my Gemlux pull up cleats. I even unbolted the cleat and pulled it out of the base for inspection. The vertical pieces of the cleat feed into plastic tubes that have a very tight tolerance. The plastic is very hard and lubricating it with wd40, blaster and Woodie wax at different times made no difference which is crazy. I think that the tolerances are so tight that if something is just slightly off they bind. I have 6 on my boat and only one is a problem.
 

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Kenneth

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you might try a graphite powder, it would not attract debris and salt but its likely the only solution is to replace them.
 

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I will take some pictures for you in a hour, but 75% of the time u can open with your hand and if not you can just push up from underneath and they open.
 

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I will take some pictures for you in a hour, but 75% of the time u can open with your hand and if not you can just push up from underneath and they open.
3 out 4 ain't so good.
 

Samp

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I will take some pictures for you in a hour, but 75% of the time u can open with your hand and if not you can just push up from underneath and they open.
I suppose so, but in my case, they are spring cleats, (as opposed to a spring loaded cleat) and there’s limited access amidships on mine where they are mounted…
 

Samp

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Easy decision here to replace them now with the flip up variety, and the install looks fairly straightforward. Its now at the top of the to-do list. Thanks for the input everyone.
 

CaptJac

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I had the same problem with similar pop up cleats, new, not installed yet. Careful inspection, I found them binding at the top edge, not the mechanism below. Some clearancing with a flap wheel solved it. B528C180-9BCD-4499-90F2-4C48A762952A.jpeg
 

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I had the same problem with similar pop up cleats, new, not installed yet. Careful inspection, I found them binding at the top edge, not the mechanism below. Some clearancing with a flap wheel solved it. View attachment 136782
No kidding? I’ll give ‘em a proper flapping tomorrow. Thx!
 

Bill_N

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Try some zipper lube. It works on mine but the clear is exposed and you can pull them up
 


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