Join Date: Jan 2003
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Originally Posted by Southcoasting
I ordered your tape and got it within 2 days...Thanks for the super fast shipping!
Have a main question before doing the re-bedding of my deck hardware...
On Pg 3
of your instructions under the "After Tightening" section, you mention in Step 2 to only tighten once...
Well, I'm a bit confused because you mention early on on pg 2 under the "Clean Up Butyl Ooze" section you mention to take your time in tightening and to tighten in a "2-Step" process...
I am assuming your instructions are based on whether you're bedding a stanchion or deck cleat versus a single screw through the deck, and that is the difference in tightening techniques you recommend using with butyl tape? Is this assumption correct?
Tighten once is only a description differentiating between letting a "marine sealant" cure then tightening it it two steps, pre-cure and post cure. Butyl does not change or cure so you can only tighten it in the same single state hence "tighten once" vs. the two step method..
Tighten once also refers to using the countersink method with a marine sealant, not just butyl, where you'd only tighten once to full tight then let it cure.
You really do want to tighten it in small increments when using butyl and you'll get a much better outcome. You are not however waiting for it to cure so you can tighten it a second time. Just wait for some to squish out then tighten a little more..
Sorry for the confusion.
-Maine Sail / CS-36T
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