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Old 12-10-2012
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Epoxy or caulk to glue down teak cockpit seats?

Here is the background before the question ...

Over the weekend I managed to pry up all the teak cockpit seats and bring them home to refinish and restore. These are decorative wood panels made of teak strips with black polysulfide seams. The panels were glued to a formica sheet with thickened epoxy to make it a one-piece "panel". Then the seat panels were, originally, glued to the fiberglass seats with thickened resin. Over the years resin came unglued and some of the panels were re-glued with what looks like white polysulfide caulk. Some of the original panels glued down with thickened resin only partially came unglued and allowed water to get under the panels. Long story short: I will seal the under part of the panels with epoxy, re-do some of the black polysulfide seams and then re-install them in the cockpit. Here is my doubt ...

Should I glue the panels down with thickened epoxy or use a caulk like polysulfide (Sikaflex 220, for example)?

I worry that the thickened epoxy is too permanent and will be a lot of work to remove one day in the future. Eventually I will replace these cockpit seat panels with Plasteak ones (in my never-ending quest to reduce work on the boat).

If anyone has done this kind of thing before, please let me know what you used and how it has held up. Thanks in advance.

Cheers!
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Last edited by copacabana; 12-10-2012 at 07:23 AM.
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