I've run into rot in the wood inside the rub rail...did you have to deal with that?
Yeah, had some of that...Not a big deal..I assume ya have a bunch of holes in the rub-rail, on the outside? If so, let the whole thing dry a few days or weeks. (Should be easy if ya are in Arizona) If not in Arizona, keep it dry and set some fans in the area. Get most or all of the moisture out, then use thin and slow drying epoxy
. It will soak into the rotted areas, then harden and "repair" the rot. Some products on the market are also called "Git-Rot", same thing althought I used West System, the slow drying hardener.
the holes with teak-bungs. or just dowels cut to size and secured with more epoxy
(After the plates are back in and torqued down)
Use plenty of sealant
, and use masking tape to make it look pretty..
To prepare for the new plates, I scraped off the old sealant
, sanded the fiberglass
, then painted the raw glass beige. Makes it easier to see leaks/rust stains in the future.
How much did you pay to have the new plates made?
I paid $750.00..Nine 316 SS chainplates, pluss three SS backing plates
Another $750.00 for various nuts/bolts/washers/tangs/sealants/tools and hired labour plus plating...All in all the project
cost me about $1,500.00
Glad it is over with...