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Old 29-11-2013, 14:06   #1
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Temp patch for holes on deck

I'm going to be doing some work on the deck but can't get it all done in one day. I will need to remove some equipment to rebed/replace.

The time between removal and replacement could be up to two weeks and I wouldn't be able to monitor it on a daily basis.

What is the best way to temporarily cover the holes in this situation?
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Old 29-11-2013, 14:12   #2
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Re: Temp patch for holes on deck

Blue masking tape and plastic sheeting. I have removed my portlights at the moment and am refitting but its the rainy season so i will wait till december . Been like that for 4 weeks already No problem..
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Re: Temp patch for holes on deck

Butyl tape and plastic.
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Butyl tape and plastic.
Very good but a bitch to get off !!
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Very good but a bitch to get off !!



Easier than tape adhesive.
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Minaret wins. I have used quality duct tape and clear plastic for short term which is okay. Sometimes the tape peels off the stuff it stuck to. Which I accept as needs work also. Blue tape becomes the surface very fast and you will be sanding it off. Depends on the weather etc....
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For holes up to 1/2 " or so Butyl tape works. Removed all deck teak and hardware probably 50 holes Butyl on all no leaks easy to remove .
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Re: Temp patch for holes on deck

There is a quality duct tape that has something like a 3 month no residue life or longer. The last I bought was 3M 'no residue' but they have a higher grade designated by a number that I'm not in a position to dig up now. Butyl cleans up fairly easily. There is also higher grades of the blue tape that take the weather better.
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I was talking about the 3m blue masking tape .. Up to 3 months no prob..
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There is a quality duct tape that has something like a 3 month no residue life or longer. The last I bought was 3M 'no residue' but they have a higher grade designated by a number that I'm not in a position to dig up now. Butyl cleans up fairly easily. There is also higher grades of the blue tape that take the weather better.


Preservation tape. Better solution, costs more.



Scotch Preservation Tape :3M US
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I was talking about the 3m blue masking tape .. Up to 3 months no prob..



The longest blue tape rating is eight day. The 3M green tape is also eight day. You have to go up to the silver tape for thirty day. It costs a fortune. Even I don't use it. Cheaper to use less expensive tape and retape once a month or so if necessary, on all but the most huge and complex jobs.
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Re: Temp patch for holes on deck

Orange masking from American is the best for situations where fineline is not required. Adhesive is water based, it just rubs off with a rag or damp cloth worst case scenario. Therefore you can apply it and let it sit well past it's date, the tape adhesive will be much faster to clean than solvent based adhesives. No Citrus necessary. Excellent cornering too. I buy it by the sleeve.




American (OM3655-24PK) Orange Mask Premium Grade 36mm x 54.8m Masking Tape, (Case of 24) : Amazon.com : Automotive
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Re: Temp patch for holes on deck

West Marine sells a preservation tape made by Dr. Shrink that is much cheaper than the Scotch brand.

3″ Preservation Tape (DS-713) | Shrink Wrap | Dr Shrink

Anyone used this?
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West Marine sells a preservation tape made by Dr. Shrink that is much cheaper than the Scotch brand.

3″ Preservation Tape (DS-713) | Shrink Wrap | Dr Shrink

Anyone used this?


Yeah, it's good stuff. Comes in extra wide rolls. A little more aggressive stick than 3M, harder to remove after a long time.
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