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4 Days Ago 05:14 AM
mitiempo
Re: Bedding Deck Hardware With Butyl Tape

Duct tape
4 Days Ago 01:24 AM
rbrasi
Re: Bedding Deck Hardware With Butyl Tape

If I'm laying down new non skid and I've pulled the stanchions to re bed, how do I keep the holes dry while I clean the deck for painting? Do I wad up some butyl and jam it in the screw holes?


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1 Week Ago 06:00 PM
Maine Sail
Re: Bedding Deck Hardware With Butyl Tape

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Originally Posted by utchuckd View Post
About to re-bed my stern rail and there's some non-skid type surface that goes under the base. Should I do anything about this or will the butyl just fill it in?


Like this (except it's for the base of the stern rail, not this light):




Edit: I've already drilled and potted these holes and the ones for the stern rail.
It will fill it in and is not a problem... Don't forget to bevel the holes...
1 Week Ago 03:13 PM
utchuckd
Re: Bedding Deck Hardware With Butyl Tape

About to re-bed my stern rail and there's some non-skid type surface that goes under the base. Should I do anything about this or will the butyl just fill it in?


Like this (except it's for the base of the stern rail, not this light):




Edit: I've already drilled and potted these holes and the ones for the stern rail.
3 Weeks Ago 06:29 PM
CVAT
Re: Bedding Deck Hardware With Butyl Tape

Maine Sail,

Thank you for a comprehensive set of instructions, including your reasons and educated opinions as to why you should do the steps a certain way. I learned decades ago that if your going to do something make sure you do it correctly. We had a saying in our shop that failure to do something correctly would cost you 4 times the amount minimum of doing it correctly, and this was in man hours and equipment/consumables.

I helped a friend rebed his stanchions on his boat, we followed your instructions and the results where as expected no leaks, and no worries either.

Thank you again for such clear and concise instructions, if only the PO of the boat had had such advice or better yet followed it.
4 Weeks Ago 02:47 AM
backpacker6794 In Lowe's you can buy Rubber Electric tape its self ashearing for usex in comercial elect. panels..Which I've Used For Years. NEVER A Leak We Own 5 boats. The stuff is made by 3m and will be where the electrical tools are
07-20-2015 11:58 AM
loeb
Re: Bedding Deck Hardware With Butyl Tape

Thank you for this article. You are absolutely spot on with your advice. I've always said that overused adhesive bedding compounds/sealants are the worst thing you can do to the next owner of your boat.

Butyl Rubber Tape is one of a sailors best kept secrets. I'm surprised that Dolphinite hasn't tried branding it.
07-13-2015 02:35 PM
tzink
Re: Bedding Deck Hardware With Butyl Tape

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Originally Posted by BubbleheadMd View Post
I bedded two wooden cabin top grab rails with it, and haven't encountered any leaks.

As long as the wood is sanded flat on the mating surface, I can't imagine why it would matter. Hell, if you're really worried about it, simply paint a layer of epoxy on the mating surface of the wood. Once it cures, mount it.
That's basically what I did, only I put 4 coats of varnish on the surfaces of the wood that are bedded. We'll see how it holds up.
07-12-2015 03:38 PM
therapy23
Re: Bedding Deck Hardware With Butyl Tape

It works just as well with uneven surfaces. It is amazing stuff.
07-12-2015 03:22 PM
BubbleheadMd
Re: Bedding Deck Hardware With Butyl Tape

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Originally Posted by tzink View Post
I'm curious what your bad experience was with the wood-on-gelcoat application, as I just bedded two large (5"x8') sections of wood on gelcoat with Butyl.
I bedded two wooden cabin top grab rails with it, and haven't encountered any leaks.

As long as the wood is sanded flat on the mating surface, I can't imagine why it would matter. Hell, if you're really worried about it, simply paint a layer of epoxy on the mating surface of the wood. Once it cures, mount it.
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