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Painting the deck on water is no problem if you make sure to keep everything dry.
To remove the hardware, Tape a wrench to the underside of the deck, so it is holding the nut. Keeps from losing them and makes everything a one-man job. Have done the same with a wrench and driver bit on top to hold a screw while I removed the nuts.
If you have backing plates that are suitable for tapping, I use some carpet seam tape that has some incredible grip to hold them in place, that way they stay in position all the time.
I don't seal on the inside, because if there's a leak I want it to leak inside so I know about it, sealer inside would trap it in the deck.