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Cured Sealant Identification and Removal
I removed some of the wood trim from around my companionway on Sunday because I suspect that some of the leakage I'm seeing is coming from that area. I want to rebed everything, especially the screws. When I pulled it up, I noted that the previous owner attempted to solve the leaking problem by applying some kind of sealant to the wood/deck joint. To me, it feels soft and squishy like silicone caulk, and I wouldn't be surprised if that is, in fact, what was used, but I can't be certain. Is there an easy way to identify what was used?
There was also an adhesive/sealant underneath the boards, between the hull and the wood. That stuff seems a little different, but I'm not 100% on that.
If, as I suspect, this is silicone, am I basically stuck wet sanding/wire brushing it out? I saw some information from MaineSail back in 2009 saying that wet sanding was the best bet; I wasn't sure if there was anything new.
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