Re: What's the purpose of bedding compound?
Bedding compound is useful to keep water out of areas you do not want
it such as the underlying wood, yet it allows you to remove the
hardware that has been bedded for painting ( who knows, someone may
want to do a linear polyurethane job on your creation in the future)
relocation, etc... It is good practice to bed any piece of hardware
that is installed through the boat. I bedded all of the hardware:
cleats, blocks, handrails, etc... on Micro with polysulfide sealant.
The windows were bedded in marine grade silicone. I am now thinking
of relocating a couple of cleats, and installing more mooring
cleats. Eventually, the lexan windows will need replacing. This
will be a relatively simple job.
The bedding compound ensures that water is not seeping into the
bolt/screw holes and running amok in the wood beneath. Don't use
epoxy or polyurethane for bedding compound unless you are sure you
never want to move those parts again.
--- In bolger@y..., "dgamb701" <dgamb701@t...> wrote:
> I've been working on a Bolger Gypsy now for about a year. This is
> first try at boat building. I keep reading about using bedding
> compounds when attaching different pieces to a boat, but I haven't
> come across an explanation yet as to why bedding compound is
> necessary. Can anyone out there shed some light on this for me?
> - Dennis