Would Silicone/RTV work well for re-sealing the foam bulkheads on my Valley boats, or would something else work better? I am wondering about possible expansion/contraction and having it last.
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Posted by: kmoon on Mar-18-09 7:28 AM (EST)
When did Valley use foam for bulkhead material. I only know of the hard plastic, which was used for rotomolded models, and the glass/composite for the other models.
Posted by: Marshall on Mar-18-09 7:31 AM (EST)
Available at most hardware stores and Home Desperate stores.
Seconding Lexel but...|
Posted by: wilsoj2 on Mar-18-09 8:09 AM (EST)
I've never seen or heard of foam bulkheads in a Valley boat - either RM or composite. What model and year is this Valley boat?
Both of my catalog Rapiers....|
Posted by: dogpadl on Mar-18-09 10:37 PM (EST)
.....have foam bulkheads, I'm pretty sure....and the SN#'s end in 05.
Posted by: wilsoj2 on Mar-19-09 7:49 AM (EST)
DO NOT use silicone!|
Posted by: BNystrom on Mar-18-09 9:09 AM (EST)
It bonds poorly and it leaves a residue that prevents other materials from bonding to the surface. Lexel, GOOP or one of the 3M products (4200/5200) are the best way to go.
Re: Do not use silicon!|
Posted by: CapnKen on Mar-19-09 12:53 PM (EST)
Okay, I agree with all said, BUT. In my first sea kayak, a Perception Avatar, which I still like and use a great deal, In ignorance, I used silicon to seal up a leaky foam rear bulkhead. I guess I am just stuck with that product now? Any ideas? Thanks, Ken...
Sure, remove it...|
Posted by: BNystrom on Mar-20-09 8:33 AM (EST)
...clean the area with hexane or a commercial silicone remover, then use a better sealant.
Rapiers have foam bulkheads........|
Posted by: blackboat on Mar-18-09 11:38 PM (EST)
.............3M 4200 fast cure is what I would use. 5200 can't be undone............ever.
West Marine Carrys|
Posted by: mcyak on Mar-19-09 8:39 AM (EST)
a tube style thickened epoxy adhesive called six10.
Why would you use epoxy...|
Posted by: BNystrom on Mar-20-09 8:35 AM (EST)
...on a foam bulkhead? Combining a rigid adhesive with a flexible bulkhead doesn't make a lot of sense. Moreover, if you decide you need to move or replace the bulkhead, getting the epoxy off the hull is going to be a lot more work than removing a flexible sealant/adhesive.
sealing foam bulkheads|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-19-09 11:26 AM (EST)
Do not use silicone, Try Goop, or Dow 4200 or 5200 they stay flexible and are waterproof
Posted by: old_user on Mar-19-09 12:14 PM (EST)