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post #5 of Old 12-23-2008
mike dryver
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first you have to find out where the water is coming from the chin-plates or the deck or both. you should without a doubt dry the core if wet or nothing will stick to it no matter how much sealant you put in the holes and silicone is not really a sealant as much as a gasket forming material so it will only work for a short while especially if you have such a large gap around your chain-plates. if core is wet you need to dry it and at the least seal the core edges with a penetrating epoxy. this would require you to remove the chain-plates for access. i would have a sheet metal or machine shop make cover plates that go over your chain-plates with a small clearance around chain-plates. so when you put them on the wet sealant(poly-sulfide) it will ooze out around the edges and in-between the plate and chain-plates. check other threads on subject here and other sites
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