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10-15-2009 12:36 PM
Stiche
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Originally Posted by mitiempo View Post
The bolts should be tightened when the caulking is put on, not later otherwise you run the risk of breaking the seal you're trying to create if a bolt turns on set caulking. Don't listen to Casey on this - he's wrong.
Brian
I love a good discussion on adhesives Always entertaining
10-15-2009 12:11 PM
mitiempo I agree with tommays. It's a 2 person job however you look at it. Good luck.
Brian
10-15-2009 12:00 PM
tommays One lesson i learned on a friends 35' was to NOT turn the screws BUT have someone below with the correct wrench turning the NUTS were ever possible while someone on deck held the screwdriver
10-15-2009 11:52 AM
cghubbell
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Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
I'd point out that Butyl tape has the advantage of a very long working time....unlike some of the other sealants you might use, which start to cure rather quickly.
I definitely had concerns about working time. I can only imagine how likely it is that I'll get tangled up somewhere along the hundreds of bolts on this thing.

Ok. Butyl it is. Now to find a day when the temperature is favorable for working with this stuff!
10-15-2009 07:47 AM
sailingdog I'd point out that Butyl tape has the advantage of a very long working time....unlike some of the other sealants you might use, which start to cure rather quickly.
10-15-2009 06:29 AM
Maine Sail
Use..

Use gray butyl. The factory used a gray flat tape and my boat is 31 years old and still dry. My toe rails are still bone dry at year 30. I would not use anything but butyl in this type of install..
10-15-2009 12:10 AM
mitiempo The bolts should be tightened when the caulking is put on, not later otherwise you run the risk of breaking the seal you're trying to create if a bolt turns on set caulking. Don't listen to Casey on this - he's wrong.
Brian
10-14-2009 10:15 PM
cghubbell
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My first step was to have the toerail powdercoated before rebedding. It really made a difference in the look.
Isn't it pretty tough to find a facility that can handle pieces that long? Also, if you don't mind sharing it, I'm curious what kind of expense that would be. I love the idea of coating those chalky rails... Mine are definitely looking a bit toasted.
10-14-2009 10:04 PM
sailingdog RV shops will have butyl tape too...
10-14-2009 09:50 PM
Pub911 I have done this job on my 36(!) year-old boat. I too, had grey goop in various stages of gooey-cracked-n-dry-leaking condition. My first step was to have the toerail powdercoated before rebedding. It really made a difference in the look. I used a polysulphide bedding compound - lifecalk - at the recommendation of a reputable yard. So far so good. The only issue i've found was mine - I moved to quickly to tighten down the toerail before letting the lifecalk set up, and squished too much of it out. Fortunately this was in just one or two spots on the 36 foot run of the rail. 6 years later things are water tight and look great. The calk is still pliable and working and the powder coating looks great except where heavy abrading had worn it down to metal. Still, looks a helluva lot better than the corroding, chalky white pitting that was there prior.

good luck
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