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Adhesive for leaky jon boat rivets?

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Hey guys. I've got an older 12' sears riveted jon boat i want to bring back to life and it has some leaks around were the rivets are. I was curious of what the best adhesive is to use, and where I can get some. I want good stuff, so this will last a while.

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If it's leaking around the rivets, try tightening them up.  Use a heavy hammer to back up one side, then use a smaller hammer on the other side of the rivet.

This will tighten them.  Go easy until you get a feel for it.  To seal them, clean the area around them and use Gluvit, or 3M 5200 marine adhesive and sealant. 

Either one will give you a strong, waterproof seal.  The 5200 is flexible, more like a silicone.  Gluvit is an epoxy, which has some flexibility, but not as much as the 5200.

Wear protective gloves, such as latex or pvc.  It can be a messy process, especially with the 3M 5200.  I swear that at times it seems like the stuff is alive.

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3M 5200 is the best

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J B Weld

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5200 is the way to go.  Spend the extra couple of bucks and get the tube in the red packaging.  It's the fast cure.  It does cure fast.  Don't get that stuff on your hands, it is a major PIA to get it off if it gets even a little tacky on skin....I know from experience....

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I have used Gluvit before and it worked great!

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If it's leaking around the rivets, try tightening them up. Use a heavy hammer to back up one side, then use a smaller hammer on the other side of the rivet.

This will tighten them. Go easy until you get a feel for it. To seal them, clean the area around them and use Gluvit, or 3M 5200 marine adhesive and sealant.

Either one will give you a strong, waterproof seal. The 5200 is flexible, more like a silicone. Gluvit is an epoxy, which has some flexibility, but not as much as the 5200.

Wear protective gloves, such as latex or pvc. It can be a messy process, especially with the 3M 5200. I swear that at times it seems like the stuff is alive.

Is 3M 5200 sold in stores, or do I have to order it online?

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J B Weld

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Jb weld works great for a month or two.It quickly cracks from flexing and from temperature change then you got to sand it clean it and apply again. Major PITA. I have been looking for something better.Thanks guys,I never heard of the other two products mentioned before. :o

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Thanks for everything guys, just ordered some 3M 5200 from NAPA, will be in tomorrow.

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5200 is great stuff, you'll be happy with it.  Like I said before, DO NOT get it on your hands.  The last tube I used cracked when I was rolling up the bottom.  Use one of the tube keys if you have one.  I had to soak the stuff on my hands in Acetone and scrub for a while to get it off.  I still have some stuck in my skin almost a week later.

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If it's leaking around the rivets, try tightening them up. Use a heavy hammer to back up one side, then use a smaller hammer on the other side of the rivet.

This will tighten them. Go easy until you get a feel for it. To seal them, clean the area around them and use Gluvit, or 3M 5200 marine adhesive and sealant.

Either one will give you a strong, waterproof seal. The 5200 is flexible, more like a silicone. Gluvit is an epoxy, which has some flexibility, but not as much as the 5200.

Wear protective gloves, such as latex or pvc. It can be a messy process, especially with the 3M 5200. I swear that at times it seems like the stuff is alive.

Is 3M 5200 sold in stores, or do I have to order it online?

Home Depot carries it.  Some stores carry it in tubes like toothpaste.  Others carry it in cartridges that fit in caulking guns as well as the smaller tubes.  Don't know about Lowes, but think they are likely to carry it as well.

Any respectable marine supply or marine hardware store should carry it.

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Has anyone on here seen the commercial with the company that sell's those aluminum welding rod's you use with a bernzomatic torch? That's just my 2 cent's worth which is what those "may" be worth ;D june bugman

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even though the 5200 is great. the best thing to do is to re-buck the rivets as mentioned before then seal the bottom of the boat with an epoxy such as FASCO's Steelflex. Get on tinboats.net and youll see how much of a diference doin it right the first time pays off.

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That 3M 5200 has held up strong..the boats been on the water alot since i was suggested it and used it. The stuff is great! Thanks to all those who suggested it!  8-)

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That 3M 5200 has held up strong..the boats been on the water alot since i was suggested it and used it. The stuff is great! Thanks to all those who suggested it! 8-)

On BASSTECH on ESPN in 2006 they took an old jon boat out of a pond that had sunk and sprayed Rhino Lining in the bottom to seal it seemed like a great Idea

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Rhino lining can be a great product on Jon boats, if it fits the application.  If you're not worried about the drag it creates if painted on the bottom of the hull it's great.  If you trailer your Jon and don't mind the added weight of it, then it's great.  If you need to lift your boat out of the water to toss it in the bed of a truck, it's added strain on your back.  If you use the boat in electric only waters, you're adding strain on the TM and slowing yourself down.

Everything has it's pro's and con's.  I used 5200 very liberally on my Jon and am completely satisfied with the results.  My Jon gets used daily and I've got no leaks whatsoever.  The 12"+ of rain we had today however, means I need to get some water out of the hull.... >:o

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If you can get at them, rebuck the rivets that leak. Cost is zero dollars, and you've addressed the problem instead of hiding it. 

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