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Re: Bedding Deck Hardware With Butyl Tape
Maine, this is one of the best how to posts I've read. I am about to rebed a lot of hardware on teak rails. Is butyl tape good on wood? Is it better to remove the hardware and finish the wood ... Then butyl or better on bare wood?
In experience you are ALWAYS better to seal the underside of the wood. If you don't this is where moisture enters and begins to lift the finish. Some of the higher end boat builders epoxy seal the bottoms of teak applied above decks...
Butyl will work either way but if you have the wood off definitely seal the bottom...
-Maine Sail / CS-36T
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