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Butyl Tape Question

Yes, I have another question...sorry.

So thanks to everyone's good advice on rebedding with butyl, I will now be using it from now on. My question is...

Can butyl tape be used to rebed in cold weather??

My complete refit is taking completely too long!
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Yes but I would keep the butyl warm before using it.

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Yep, at least down to around 35F, don't know about colder.

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It definitely gets squishier (to use the technical term ) when warm, so you'll want it warm, and the parts you'll be bedding too if you can. Otherwise, unless you really crank down on the bolts, you'll see more butyl coming out once things warm up after winter. Not that the oozing is a real problem in itself, but I've assumed that it means the bolts might not be as tight as they were before the escaped butly relieved some strain.

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I think I would only use it above 40 degrees - if not for the butyl for me.

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I used it to bed a stanchion in December. It was pretty dang cold, close to freezing. I used a heat gun to warm up the butyl tape a little bit. Seems to have done the job. I don't see any water coming in from that area anymore.
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I did the same thing, Junaido, and I also warmed the stanchion up with the heat gun too.

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Applying heat to the tape and area of installation will allow you to install fittings with butyl tape in pretty cold conditions. Unlike most other sealants, it has no requirement to cure, so once it is applied, the cold will not be much of an issue. However, you may need to tighten up the fitting's fasteners a bit more once the weather warms.

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The butyl tape I sell has an working/install range +20˚F to 120˚F and a service range from -40˚F to 157˚F

At temps below 40 it starts to feel a little "thicker" and warming it can help. Thighten the fittings slowly, let it squish out, and you'll be fine. Just pulled some more inventory out of the barn at 20˚F and it is still darn pliable and definitely workable...

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Ok MaineSail, if that really is your name.
I have heard a lot about this MS brand of butyl tape but I have not seen it for sale anywhere (even your own website) nor have I seen any posts from you as a vendor advertising it.
What gives?
Where is it to be found?
What brand name did you choose?
I am sure that many of us would enjoy referring your brand of 'boat snot' to interested parties but we wont if we can't find it!
The suspense is killing me like the slow ooze of butyl tape in the hot summer sun on the deck of my old boat...
Iz it available through SN, SBO, CF, WBF or what?
Inquiring minds want to know.
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