[Rhodes22-list] Deck joint repair.
The Rhodes 22 Email List
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Tue Dec 9 06:04:00 EST 2014
I'm a little short on time, but I will try to detail the procedure the best
Remove the rubber insert from the rub rail. In most cases it has
deteriorated enough that you will want to replace it with new. Having removed the
insert you have found the pop rivets which you will have to drill out in
order to remove them. Most of the rivet will fall into the interior of the boat
and you will continue to find them for several years. After drilling all
the rivets out you will clean the deck joint (area between the two surfaces)
with something small enough to remove the hardened and worthless caulking.
The cleaner the joint is, the better. I recommend and used on my boat a one
part polyurethane sealant called NP1. It is manufactured by a company
called Sonolastic and is primarily used in roofing applications so it has great
adherence and weathering properties. It will stick to anything and can be
easily found through Google.
Now comes the really important part, filling the voids in the seam. Using a
caulking gun, you will squeeze the trigger as you push the gun forward,
driving the caulk into the seam. This is reverse as to how you normally apply
caulk, but you want to fill all the voids. Once the seam has been sealed,
replace the rivets which you have purchased from an industrial nuts and
bolts supply house and attach the rub rail. Count the holes before going and
add 10% just because. Do not try to find them at a hardware store, they
don't have them. I used a hand operated pop rivet gun, but I would recommend
purchasing a pneumatic or electric gun to save wear and tear on your hands
Simply sealing the top and bottom edge of the rub rail doesn't do squat for
stopping water infiltration and besides, it looks crappy.
Good luck and if you have any further questions don't hesitate to ask.
In a message dated 12/8/2014 12:52:48 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
rhodes22-list at rhodes22.org writes:
Searched list but did not find any material on your deck join repair. I
would appreciate if you could repost.
---- The Rhodes 22 Email List <rhodes22-list at rhodes22.org> wrote:
> If you search the list archives you will find a post from me detailing
> easy resealing of the deck joint. If you can't find it, let me know and
> will repost to the list. It's a not to difficult repair, but if not
> correctly, you will find yourself doing it all over again.
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