My Valco is leaking.... Please advise if I did this correct....

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  1. USMCfish

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    I have a 14 foot Valco today out fishing the big bay I had a rivet on seat line of mid section of boat leaking.... Where when I would hit a wake it would squirt about 1/2 inch of water, I had to bail water about 4x in 5 hours... I took the boat home flipped it over and used wire wheel cleaning rivet area's very well then went to home depot for some marine 3m 5200, applied it over all rivets, this stuff says 7 days to cure? Anyone else have this problem and does this stuff hold for very long? I guess my next choice is to rhino line or line x it as the boat has some sentimental value to me and I dont want to scrap her yet ;)... Also is this shit paintable?

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  2. loborph

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    I've used WaterWeld on my aluminum boat. Cures in an hour (i think), is paintable, and probably more permanent than i am. :) . Happy Vet's Day, thanks for your service.
     
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    the 5200 on the outside of the hull will work very well.

    as long as you're in the mood for patching leaks....after the 5200 cures, flip the boat back over & put it on the trailer, insert the plug, and fill the boat with few inches of fresh water to see if their are any other leaks.

    anything that you use on the INSIDE of the hull to try to stop a leak might fail.
     
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    I had the some problem with my 1965 Valco, seemed all the rivets leaked. I performed the same procedure but used GOOP. that lasted 2 yrs and 42 trips until I sold the boat!

    And THANK you and your family for your service!!
     
  5. USMCfish

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    Sweet thanks much for the comments... I touched the 5200 this AM the stuff is still plyable feeling.... I guess the 7 days is true so the little sled will be out of service for a week or so ...
     
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    5200 is paintable, but it will take a long, long time to fully cure. Another quick way to fix your leaks is JB Weld 2-part epoxy. As long as you wire wheel the area to be patched, you're good to go. Won't corrode in salt water and will last a long, long time. Good luck.
     
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    I had a 20 ft baja that had 1/4 inch holes from electralizes around the transum and bottom of hull,Bilge pump never stopped working, i used J B weld, never leaked again from that hole.
     
  8. USMCfish

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    I hope the 5200 will hold, I did use JB weld prior to fix and it did not hold, Probably due to not cleaning surface to bard alluminum? as there was still paint in place it just peeled and cracked.. I will give the 5200 7 days dry time before painting thanks for all your input... (this time area was cleaned to bar metal)
     
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    Call a Windshield replaement company and get a tube of urathane sealer. This is the same sealer that holds your windshield in your car. You apply that and you will never have that spot leak again in your life time
     
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    JB weld is rigid, the epoxy probably cracked. The 5200 website says it is flexible, this should work better.
     
  12. Josh D

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    Dab a little water on the 5200 it will help it cure faster.
     
  13. tuna head

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    thanks for serving, short term 5200 or silicine long term weld it my friends use silicone til they had time to weld em up prepperation before weld is critical and having someone that knows how to weld aluminun, get it ready before you take it in cause they charge by the hour
     
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    I bought stainless rivets for my bimini hardware at true value hardware if that helps. Sure stopped the rotten connections on the frame for me.
     
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    There is a "Fast Cure" 5200. Not at Home Depot but for sure at West Marine. Dries quick but you better use it up. Once you open the tube and put the cap back on, you'll never get it back off. Ever see an old sportboat out of the water? They were made with mahogany planks caulked together. The caulk is 5200! Yes it is flexible, paintable, and will not cause any galvanic problems with aluminum. Now let's just hope you didn't use a steel wire wheel and impregnate the aluminum with something that's gonna rust. They make monel and stainless wire wheels and that is what you should use on aluminum.
     
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    Once you open "Fast Cure" or regular 5200 put a rubber glove or a balloon over the end and throw it in the freezer. I have had it last over a month. Thaws out in about 5-10 min and is ready to go.
     
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    u have to clean the aluminum real good with a wire brush or it will not bond[​IMG](very important)
     
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    Keith,

    A picture is worth 865 words. (blame inflation)

    You nailed it.

    PREPARATION is the key.

    Any epoxy, even rod finish, would do the trick.
    Once the surface is receptive.

    Heat helps the goo ooze into the flaw.


    A spot of TIG weld might seem better, but not really.
    It would deform the surrounding aluminum and cause more problems
    down the line.

    One would wind up chasing the defect along the seam.


    My best friend has every welding cert there is.
    And an antique 14' Sears brand aluminum boat.


    He does everything the video showed, except uses a quick blast
    of sand instead of a wire brush.


    30 minute epoxy. Wipe it off and hit it with a torch to melt it
    into the defect. It is ready to go the next morning.

    New leaks occur, it's an old boat, but old leaks have never
    reopened.
     
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    Hey Glenn reminds me of soldering copper the solder follows the heat.

    Anyone use this product for emergencies ?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=888wQhRcmjQ
     

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