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Marine Sealant

Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:43 am
by tjc7t7
I am getting ready to install a new depth finder on the boat that uses a thru the hull transducer and was looking for some suggestions on the best
sealant to use with our aluminum hulls. I would love to know what was used on the old one. I had a terrible time getting it out of the hole that thing was really stuck in there. Thanks in advance!

Re: Marine Sealant

Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:05 am
by Fastjeff
3M makes a sealant (I think it's called 5400) that doesn't death grip like 5200.


Re: Marine Sealant

Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:38 am
by jralbert
Jeff is correct, 5200 has a really strong grip - it's referred to as a "permanent" adhesive, hardening like rock or steel. It's 4200 that you want to use - it seals well and is considered removable. Here's how it's described by the mfr:

"...3M 4200 Fast Cure is a one-part general purpose polyurethane sealant with good adhesion to wood, fiberglass, gelcoat, plastic, and metal. When cured, 4200 forms watertight, weather-resistant seals on joints and boat hardware above or below the waterline.

4200 FC (fast cure) is ideal for hardware and bedding applications. It is paintable and sandable. While 3M 5200 sealant results in permanent bonds, 4200 has approximately half the strength, making it a good choice for applications where the bond may need to be broken in the future such as replacing hardware..."

Re: Marine Sealant

Posted: Sat May 12, 2018 10:59 am
by coastie1160870
I am mounting a new transome mount transducer to my 32 Express, this year.. I contacted the makers of "FLEX GLUE" because they clim it good on metal.. They said it could be used to mount the plastic transducer to the aluminum hull, with no problem.. But I;m looking for a 99% permanant application, as I don't intend to remove this transducer... I'll let you know in a year or two if holds up..!