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Unread 5th January 2015, 04:26 AM
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The biggest problem with adhesives/sealants is the huge range and the severely limited capability of the sales droids to provide a credible recommendation for a particular task.
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Gidday Zippo & Au

Thanks for your comments and thoughts.

I finally got the sills riveted in place this arvo.

Apparently we are supposed to be getting some rain over the next week, so I will get the chance to see how successful (or otherwise ... ) all the pain and work has been. Fingers crossed ...
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Usually 24-48 hours drying is enough for waterproofing. Full strength I think is after a week.
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Sikaflex is magical stuff.

I needed something that would stick polycarbonate windows onto a fibreglass boat after removing the tarnished leaky 1960s crappy ones and their leaky rubber seals. Everyone I spoke to in the marine industry and one industrial designer said Sika was the least likely to fail.

Rather than use rubber seals, I got the windows made about an inch oversize out of UV stabilised tinted polycarbonate and Sikaflexed them to the outside of the boat. Looks much more modern. That was 10 years ago with regular salt, sun, heat, cold, flexing, torsional stresses, no cleaning and the occasional impact - they still ain't going anywhere.

Hoping they stay on for another decade.....they cost a bloody fortune!
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That really is a tribute to the stuff, Tweak.

And Sikaflex-11FC is still only half the price of Dunlop Tile-All Plus - a misnomer: the Dunlop product sticks like buggery to everything it touches. It can even be used to stick tiles to the bottom of a full swimming pool! The chemicals in swimming pools make plain old sea water look positively benign. Pool "water" bears more similarity to a galvanising plant's pickling baths ...
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