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Old 21 January 2012, 04:24   #11
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When I had the problem with the badly fitted hatch, I used West System epoxy to seal the bare wood edges. It's about £30 for a litre, but will last you for ages if you keep it cool but don't let it freeze. The West Epoxy is thin & penetrates the wood nicely. I'd then add some colloidal sillica to an epoxy mix, this turns the epoxy into a thick putty which is great for sealing holes etc. Ordinary epoxy (aralidite e.g) warns against use in permanently wet situations, West is designed exactly for marine applications.
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Old 21 January 2012, 05:45   #12
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+1 for Pikey Dave's advice. I would use West System epoxy to seal the wood and then bond your sleeve in with thickened epoxy. You can always finish off with a bead of Sika on the outside edges to be belt and braces. Epoxy will soak into the grain of the wood nicely and is more flexible than some people give credit for.
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