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Old 06-17-2004, 06:28 PM   #1
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Boat Help

Where the poles that hold up the hardtop meet the hull (metal to fiberglass) the screws have started to back out. Is there any type of loctite type material to use or should I just tighten the hell out of the screws?
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Old 06-17-2004, 06:59 PM   #2
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If they're just backing out a bit, take them out, put a little 5200 in the hole and tighten them back up.
If they are stripped, you will need to remove the screws and fill in the hole with epoxy. A jello shooter syringe works great for this. Just save the shooters until after the work is done.
Every screw in my deck stripped out a while back and I had to use this method of repair. So far they are all staying put, but I had one hell of a hangover the next day.
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Old 06-17-2004, 07:06 PM   #3
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eaither 5200 or some fiber glass resin works wonders also.
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Old 06-17-2004, 07:37 PM   #4
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Where can I get 5200
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Old 06-17-2004, 07:42 PM   #5
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Are y'all talking about 3M 5200 Polyurethane Adhesive/Sealant (West Marine)?
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Old 06-17-2004, 07:43 PM   #6
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Does the Fast Cure work as good as the regular?
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Old 06-17-2004, 08:46 PM   #7
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It should. also wal-mart has it and probly cheaper.
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Old 06-17-2004, 09:01 PM   #8
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The hell with that! 5200 never held for my T-top! I kept a ratchet strap in the console for when the screws ripped out. The solution was to make a stainless "foot" large enough to span from the front leg to the back. One for each side. I welded the smaller feet to the larger one then screwed the larger one down to the deck. Now instead of two sets of three screws to hold it down I have 26. Better than new.

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Old 06-17-2004, 09:55 PM   #9
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for future 5200 uses, the fast cure works just as well as the slow cure. its the one in the red tubing. im not saying to use the fast cure for your t-top, but just for other 5200 applications.
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Old 06-17-2004, 10:16 PM   #10
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Bout the only method to truly hold over time in a pounding boat is the find a way if possible to thru bolt to a backing plate.Fiberglass and even some wood deck material have a tendency to eventually wear out the holes.I have tried resins,5200 and a coupla other chemical solutions on my T-Top and leaning post but a SS bolt,nylon/SS locknut and a bolt up thru the backing plate are the only thing that'll take the abuse.I have moved the screw holes as well to get a new bite on the glass/glass joint wher the console hits the deck.My ultimate solution will be to buy a better designed boat next time.
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Old 06-18-2004, 08:32 AM   #11
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5200, otherwise known as "screw the next guy"
I'm with 100 days a year, backing plates are the way to go. Hardware simply screwed into a thin sheet of fiberglass never holds over time. Depending on your access, even bolt-washer-locknut would be a lot better than screwing it down. If your hull is cored, be sure to seal the screws or bolts with just a dab of 5200 to prevent water from leeching down.
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