Silicone sealant/Wax

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    Brian RoslerBrian Rosler


    Any recommendations for a silicone sealant to fix leaks around stanchions? Also any good wax suggestions?


    Rick Thompson

    Hi Brian,
    Sealing the stanchions should not be done with silicon sealant. You need a stronger and more permanent sealant like 3M 5200.
    My favourite wax is Meguires #50 cleaner wax. Wax on wax off and keeps boat looking great. I use it twice a year.
    Blue Water Yachts recommends a 3M product for removing oxidation to restore the original shine and then a 3M wax. Check out their website for details

    Ron GilliesRon Gillies

    My recommendation would be to re-bed the stanchions with butyl tape.

    This video discusses the different 3M products referenced by Rick.

    This Sailrite video discusses the use of butyl tape. You can also search “re-bedding with butyl tape” in Youtube for other videos.


    re-bed the stanchions is the only way. Sealing around it is only a temporary stop gap.

    Brian RoslerBrian Rosler

    Thanks for the tips, everyone.

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