Hobie Cat Forums

It is currently Fri Oct 24, 2014 8:46 pm

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 18 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2
Author Message
 Post subject: Re: Beginning sailor
PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2009 1:38 am 
Offline
Site Rank - Old Salt

Joined: Sun Aug 12, 2007 5:17 pm
Posts: 536
Location: Auckland NZ
Comes in a regular caulk gun cartridge or a smaller 'glue tube' sized pack with a 'twist to roll up the tube' squeeze mechanism and a smaller caulk nozzle. If all you want it for is to seal up a couple of bolt holes either pack would provide you so much goop as to be complete overkill for that application (as would be a whole cartridge of silicone sealant) & personally I wouldn't bother too much unless the bolt holes are permanently immersed - the amount of water ingress you will get is likely to be pretty small.

I am not sure what nitrile gloves are but basically I have found wearing gloves to be far from ideal - this stuff has mind-boggling qualities of adhesion, a mind of its own and a nasty habit of spreading everywhere once it gets anywhere it is not meant to be - gloves of any sort on your hands prevent you from feeling it getting onto you and make cleaning it off more difficult (because they tend to slide about when when you are trying to wipe it off and you can't feel it if you have missed a bit).

It is a great sealant - I would guess one of, if not the best - I have used it for years on a number of boats, have found its sealing properties indispensible and consequently have formed something of a love hate relationship with it. Ideal for a marine application to bond/seal on a semi-permanent to permanent basis two surfaces of hard-to-bond-with materials where a slightly flexible seal is required - i.e. a poly kayak hull. The downside is that it can be a real messy blighter to use & is quite pricey.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Beginning sailor
PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2009 6:17 am 
Offline
Site Rank - Deck Hand

Joined: Mon Oct 05, 2009 3:01 pm
Posts: 8
Stobbo, Thanks again for all the useful info. Going shopping today for all materials. Found out that Grainger has the 3M Scotchweld, hope they have the Sikaflex to.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Beginning sailor
PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 11:59 am 
Offline
Site Rank - Captain

Joined: Sun May 25, 2014 4:35 am
Posts: 69
Location: Naples, Italy
Great instructions for how to use Sikaflex, thanks Stobbo!

One thing I'm not clear on about using Sikaflex as a gasket material for the T&S hatches on my AI: do you apply this in combination with the wafer-thin grooved rubber gasket Hobie provide (really messy I imagine) or do you dispense with that gasket completely?

Thanks in anticipation

_________________
Simon


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 18 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group