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You're generally far better off countersinking the fastener holes slightly and then applying sealant and tightening down the bolts completely, rather than doing the two-step process you used. The problem with the two-step process is that you have a very high chance of breaking the seal with the sealant if the bolts rotate even a bit.
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slight thread drift ... I used 3M 4000 to bed my stanchions ... less permanent than 4200 or 5200 and with more UV protection ... I let it set up for a day snugged just slightly, to form a gasket, then tightened it up 24-48 hrs. later.

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Jon—

You're generally far better off countersinking the fastener holes slightly and then applying sealant and tightening down the bolts completely, rather than doing the two-step process you used. The problem with the two-step process is that you have a very high chance of breaking the seal with the sealant if the bolts rotate even a bit.
we countersunk, too, but good point.
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I thing Grainger sells a very similar product that us wide and thin.

The op's stuff looks like butyl but it is quite thick..
What Grainger sells has is only sticky on one side. The other side has the the tape/cover adhered to it for using as a roof patch. I bought some and took it back. It is unusable for bedding. Permatite makes it and that is how i got their name
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So where are folks getting thinner butyl tape (that is the correct stuff)? I realize the stuff I bought is a little thicker, but I really just needed some this weekend to rebed a cleat, and it'll work fine for that.

But in the long run, I'd like to get some that is a little more usable. Any suggestions on where I can buy this? I'm in the Annapolis area, if there's someplace locally, or online would be fine too.

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Hey, digging up this old thread of mine--hope you don't mind. I have been using the butyl tape I original posted about. It's fine, but as Maine Sail pointed out, it's a bit thick, so it takes longer to get hardware prepped. I haven't been able to find thin stuff locally. Maine Sail posted about Grainger having it online, but then jackytdunaway mentioned it's not the right stuff (might just be a different product they are each talking about?).

Can someone steer me in the right direction to get thin butyl tape (in a light color, not black) online?

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I got mine from an RV dealer. Most of them stock it. Here is one online option Search - butyl - Camping World I am sure there are many others.
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Thanks FarCry. Any idea how thick that stuff is (it doesn't say on the site)? I already have butyl tape--I'm looking for the stuff that's 1/16" thick so I don't have to keep rolling it out like dough to use what I have. The stuff on Camping World looks a bit like what I already have.
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Home Depot carries it (or at least they did last year). It was thinner than OP had and works great.
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Thanks for the help. Sorry, I'm being so picky!

So far, I have not been able to locate it at my local Home Depot. I'll check again, but ideally, I'd like to find an online source and just order it.

It's not THAT big a deal. I have stuff I can use. Just looking for something that will cut my work time down because I have a lot of rebedding to do!
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Call up your local glass repair shop. Many of them will have the stuff you need in stock or can order it for you. RV dealerships will often have it too.
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