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Boatlife Liquid Life-Calk Sealant-has anyone used it?

Old boat...1983...but love her. However, the handrails were attached from down below and cannot be accessed even when removing the headliner. There are only two little screws that seem to be leaking. Has anyone used the liquid life calk? Or do you have any other suggestions? Thanks! martha
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Re: Boatlife Liquid Life-Calk Sealant-has anyone used it?

You'll need to caulk it from the outside, not the inside. I'm not sure how you're going to get it to wick in properly. I've used Captain Tulley's Creeping Crack Cure for some things, and it works well, but if the grab rails are down fairly tight, I'm still not sure you're going to get sufficient wicking to do the job.
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Re: Boatlife Liquid Life-Calk Sealant-has anyone used it?

Jim, thanks. I was hoping I could use clean it up from above and use the liquid caulk and it would magically run down to where it was needed. Hoping it would follow the path of the rain!
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Re: Boatlife Liquid Life-Calk Sealant-has anyone used it?

do not use cpt tolleys--it will crack your teak, just like it cracked mine when a friend told me i must have that stuff.... use liquid caulk--it rocks--i use it when i can find it for my formosa, which needs that and epoxy by the tons....for most other work, i use the regular stuff, boatlife caulk for fiberglass and wood....

most rebedding of grab rails is from outside, yes...is how they are installed, but they are thru bolted so you need to loosen the nut inside, if that is possible--if you need to protect for summer rains, clean as well as you can and use the liquid caulk--it will get in there, by magic--my repair is still good after 5 yrs....and counting...
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Re: Boatlife Liquid Life-Calk Sealant-has anyone used it?

As a temporary fix, and I did this on my boat, is to run a bead of caulk around each base of the handrails, on the top surface of the deck. However for this you need an adhesive caulk, like the 3m 4000 UV. The lifecaulk is far too runny.

Note that while your leaks are a nuisance, they are a symptom of highly destructive penetration of water into the decks core.

The worst case is to fix the leak inside, as then you're just forcing more water into the core.
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