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Does anyone have suggestions for a material to seal seams in a row boat? Interior seams and exterior seams?
Rubberized spray? Marine based brush on material? Caulking?

I have a couple of used row boats I purchased for lake fishing and I want to put some effort in to them before I put them in the water.
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wood or aluminum?
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Aluminum.
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All I know is that rubberized spray sold on TV is NOT the answer.  McNett's maybe?  

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3 M 5200 is a usual sealer, get all the rivets tight/replaced first.

http://www.3m.com/product....nt.html

That's the one I've used but others around have used Gluvit without any complaint that I remember. Marinetex is a decent company, FWIW.

http://www.marinetex.com/gluvit.html

Fixing any rivets is key, otherwise any sealant will get overworked.
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3M 5200 is a good sealant, but it's not very durable if you're going to be dragging it over rocks, and it works better in compression than extension.

For seam sealing, another option would be a 3" or 4" roll of 6 or 8 pound fiberglass cloth tape and some good marine epoxy,

I've had good luck with Aero-Marine's 300/21.  

3M 5200 is a good sealant, but it's not very durable if you're going to be dragging it over rocks, and it works better in compression than extension,

For seam sealing, another option would be a 3" or 4" roll of 6 or 8 pound fiberglass cloth tape and some good marine epoxy,

I've had good luck with Aero-Marine's 300/21.  On aluminum, you'll achieve best results if you clean the aluminum with an acid prep before application.  You can get this at a local auto parts store that caters to auto body and paint shops.

On aluminum, you'll achieve best results if you clean the aluminum with an acid prep before application.  You can get this at a local auto parts store that caters to auto body and paint shops.

Another option of there are obvious cracks is TIG welding.
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Thanks for the responses, I appreciate the information!
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5200 is good but its not made for what you want. It is basically like toothpaste as worst so it will be hard to get it into the cracks to seal off the leaks.

Try this instead.

http://www.westsystem.com/ss....flex-65

West Systems makes a lot of products for boats so they know what they are doing.

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Thanks Raz. I will check this companies products out.
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