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Butyl tape good or bad

I've read mainsails suggestion about bedding hardware with butyl tape. I've been getting mixed reviews at my local boat yard and club. Anyone actually used this stuff for bedding hardware.
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Re: Butyl tape good or bad

I have used it, it is great. Make sure you get a good quality tape, it is not all the same.
Canadian Sailcraft used butyl to bed hardware, after 15/20yrs, they were still not leaking.
Read the 'Sticky" on rebedding hardware with Butyl by Mainsail, one of the 1st posts in the Gear and Maintenance section
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Re: Butyl tape good or bad

If you watch Don Casey's older videos on youtube regarding bedding hardware, he has put disclaimers on all of them regarding the use of silicone, stating that his preferred and suggested method today is to use butyl tape. If it's good enough for Don Casey, it's plenty good enough for me.
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Re: Butyl tape good or bad

I am adding deck hardware to my Coronado 25 with butyl and it is working out well, I will ber rebedding all the rest of the hardware and stanchions etc... with butyl. There is a butyl putty that you want to stay away from and make sure you get a tape that is of good quality, do your research and then go to work...
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Re: Butyl tape good or bad

MaineSail sells top grade stuff. My 30 year old boat has it In the deck joint and it is still pliable and watertight.
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Re: Butyl tape good or bad

I have rebedded deck hardware, port lights and the winch bolts on a venture 22 with butyl tape from Mainesail. After 3 years, no leaks on anything. Plenty good enough performance for me to buy 2 more rolls for my new to me Tartan 34c.
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Re: Butyl tape good or bad

Suggest you try working with 3M 420 or similar compound and then try working with Butyl tape.
You will never look back.
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Re: Butyl tape good or bad

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..... My 30 year old boat has it In the deck joint and it is still pliable and watertight.
As is ours, same age...

Order it from Maine Sail, follow his tips, and I think you'll be golden.
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Re: Butyl tape good or bad

I had to replace a butyl-bedded hatch. After 15 years, still pliable.

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Re: Butyl tape good or bad

I bought some at an RV store. It's very easy to work with compared to caulking/adhesive and faster to clean up. I bed my jib track today and I actually liked working with it. Reminds me of silly putty. I had several leaks that appear to be gone. Awesome stuff.
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