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Sealing deck holes on vertical surfaces

I am in the process of sealing all deck penetrations in preparation for painting. I have run into a problem of some screw holes on the vertical cabin top areas and could use some advice on how to seal them. The holes are from screws that secured some teak trim around the cabin top.

All other holes are being potted with epoxy as shown here: Sealing Deck Penetrations to Prevent Core Rot Photo Gallery by Compass Marine at

However, with these holes being on a vertical surface, I figure the epoxy would just ooze out of the holes and down the side. What would be the best way to tackle this? My best guess is to just make the epoxy extra thick and try to inject it in the hole. But it is always recommended that clear/unthickened epoxy be applied to a surface before thickened epoxy. Not sure how that would work on these holes.

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I soak the inside of the hole with unthickened epoxy and then wipe any that oozes out. Then fill with thickened epoxy using a syringe and tape a piece of plastic over the hole to keep it in until it sets. Epoxy will not stick to the plastic. Have the plastic cut to size and tape on it so it is ready to slap on immediately after putting the epoxy in.

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While NOT cheep i bought 3 tubes of West Six10 which works from a normal caulk gun and comes out mixed and NO-SAG-THICK you just seal the inside and shoot

It was the way to go when i had to repiar the outside part of my hull/deck joint wear any drips were not and option

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