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Rusty Keel Bolt

Hey,
My Keel Bolts are very rusty, but according to the "expert" it is not dangereous if under control.
see pictures.
i was thinking about
- cleaning with a metal brush
- rust eater & converter (phosporic acid)
- couple of coats of rustlok steel primer (urethane paint)

i am trying to dry my bilge, but would like to add some kind of coating / protection layer to avoid humidity but not create corrosion. kind of Foam or plastic, ...

any opinion on my situation ? would be really appreciated ...
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i would seal it with butyl rubber after painting the same type they place in joints between teak deck boards or using hot tar and pour over the bolt head

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What boat is this on? Type and material of keel?

Why a**holes put steel keel bolts on boats is beyond reasoning.

Sometimes it's best to leave well enough alone. Just dry it out and keep it that way.

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Drop keel. Fix problem.

Here is why:
This;


is how this bolt appeared (the one to the right)
before the keel on my boat was dropped.

In all, 5 of the 8 bolts holding the keel on were toast.

The photos of your bolt look worse.

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Thank you all for your answers. i found my dream thread in another category.
this forum is awesome, but there is so much content that it is hard to find very specific information

Rusty Keel Bolts - How bad is it?

The boat is a Beneteau Oceanis 430 from 93', and i believe this is a Iron Keel & Bolts.
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