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04-01-2010 12:10 AM
jrd22
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Originally Posted by Maine Sail View Post
You're lucky if HD sells it. The only stuff I have seen at HD around here is butyl foam rubber which is not the same..
I was surprised to see it too. Not sure if their stock varies regionally or not (we are in the PNW). It was the butyl tape, 1" by about 1/8" thick , not foam.
03-30-2010 10:50 PM
sailingdog Glad to help.
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Originally Posted by dacap06 View Post
Brad,

Butyl tape is a sealant all right, but it isn't really tape. It is really more like a mastic and has the consistency of well chewed gum (well, minus the saliva). It does not harden but instead remains flexible and sticky its entire life. That way it flexes with the hardware and deck.

You can tear it and shape it with your fingers. SD advised me to use it when I refinished my grab rails, and it was great advice! I shaped a little of it into a skinny earthworm and used that to fill the countersink area. then I would press some on the bottom of the wood to form a flat area. When I tightened down the bolts, the excess squeezed out, which I then trimmed off with a plastic knife. Ever since it has been dry as a bone inside the cabin all last Summer even with the thunderstorms, and all Winter too despite having 2 feet of snow melting off of the cabin top.
03-30-2010 10:42 PM
Maine Sail
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It's called tape because it comes in a roll generally, with paper separating the rubber. Home Depot sells it around here.
You're lucky if HD sells it. The only stuff I have seen at HD around here is butyl foam rubber which is not the same..
03-30-2010 10:38 PM
jrd22 It's called tape because it comes in a roll generally, with paper separating the rubber. Home Depot sells it around here.
03-30-2010 10:14 PM
dacap06
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Originally Posted by Bene505 View Post
Is the butyl tape used as a sealant in some way? I think of tape (duct tape, Scotch tape, masking tape) as more of a fabric with sticky stuff on it.
Brad,

Butyl tape is a sealant all right, but it isn't really tape. It is really more like a mastic and has the consistency of well chewed gum (well, minus the saliva). It does not harden but instead remains flexible and sticky its entire life. That way it flexes with the hardware and deck.

You can tear it and shape it with your fingers. SD advised me to use it when I refinished my grab rails, and it was great advice! I shaped a little of it into a skinny earthworm and used that to fill the countersink area. then I would press some on the bottom of the wood to form a flat area. When I tightened down the bolts, the excess squeezed out, which I then trimmed off with a plastic knife. Ever since it has been dry as a bone inside the cabin all last Summer even with the thunderstorms, and all Winter too despite having 2 feet of snow melting off of the cabin top.
03-30-2010 09:35 PM
Bene505 I saw Maine's excellent instructions. Is the butyl tape used as a sealant in some way? I think of tape (duct tape, Scotch tape, masking tape) as more of a fabric with sticky stuff on it.

Regards,
Brad
03-30-2010 05:36 PM
Maine Sail Paper should come off. You can not install it with the paper still on it... Call the dealer and ask if they have had this problem before..
03-30-2010 05:12 PM
primerate84 Cool it down first. Basically, get a cooler with some ice and put the roll of tape in it. Once it is cooled, it will allow you to easily peel the paper off without it adhering to the butyl.
03-30-2010 05:05 PM
weephee Ok, I bought the butyl tape 1 inch x 1/8 inches. It comes in a roll with paper on one side. I assumed the paper was removeable but it doesn't come off. Question is should the paper come off and if not do I put sticky side against the deck with the paper side up and then lay the hardware I am sealling on top of the paper and bolt down. Also this stuff sticks like snot. What do I use to clean up. Thanks
03-29-2010 08:41 PM
Maine Sail You want as thin as you can get. I find 1/2" X 1/8" is the one I use most. 1" X 1/8" would also be good..

Oh and use gray or white not black...
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