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Butyl Tape Source...The Good Stuff

I understand MaineSail is the guy that has the pure Butyl Tape. Apparently the butyl available at RV stores is not the same quality, having more solvent content etc. MaineSail is cruising or something and is not shipping the product until he gets back later this month. Surely there is another source for the good stuff. Anyone know where I can get some pronto. I'm on a deadline and need to get some yesterday.
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How about McMaster-Carr . I didn't check cause I'm almost out the door and won't be back for 3-4 days. I'll bet you a cheese burger they have it . Good luck .
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I just went down to a local glass shop and bought a roll for $10. It seems to have all the properties that are desirable for bedding hardware. I don't know if it is exactly the stuff that Maine is marketing, but it certainly is easy to work with and does the job for a fraction of the price, and if I need more I can pick it up the same day.

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Did a search and found this:
3/4" X 30' Butyl Tape - Butyl Tape

3/4 x 30 ft for $3.59 ?? and the reviews include boat applications.

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I don't know how it compares to the stuff that MaineSail sells but Sail Rite sells butyl tape for bedding deck hardware.

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Re: Butyl Tape Source...The Good Stuff

Captainmeme,
The butyl tape in your link is "non trimmable" (?) whereas the stuff at Sailrite is trimmable:
Trimmable Butyl Tape White 3/4" - Bedding Deck Hardware Sealant

I'm not really sure what "non-trimmable" means but ...

Sailrite is comparable to MaineSail on price for butyl tape (close to $15/roll including delivery). Looks like they may not be the exact same formulation but I bet either would work fine.

RV supply stores usually carry it as well as glazier/glass supply places.

I did find some butyl like tape at an auto supply place once though. It was black, very sticky, stretchy and messy to work with. I gave that stuff away.

Butyl in gray or white only for my boat.

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I bought my first butyl from an RV place and then some from MaineSail. MS's is much more rubbery, the RV stuff was more clay-like. The RV stuff seemed to work fine, but I much prefer MaineSail's and suspect it will last longer.

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That butyl tape link is actually a pointer that goes to Amazon and got this bad review:
By GW Alumna (Planet Earth) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Gulf States 225097 Specialties Butyl Sealant Tape, 30' Length x 3/4" Width (Misc.)
This tape is not the highly sticky product that I was looking for. I doubt it will keep water out of my boat, which is the reason I bought it. Wound up getting a product that cost twice as much but that works in the way I wanted it to. You get what you pay for.

I purchased some butyl tape on Amazon from another vendor and it was garbage. All dried out and not sticky or malleable.

Sailrite has a video showing them using the butyl tape they sell. If they have decent quality control they might ok: Bedding Deck Hardware Using Wood Screws & Butyl Tape - YouTube

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Just got a roll from Defender for under $20.
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Re: Butyl Tape Source...The Good Stuff

So I just watched the Sailrite video that kentobin provided, thanks Ken! My question is: how often should our deck hardware be removed and re-butyl taped? Every 5 years, sooner, what?

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