I used a small thin pry bar to lift the deck, then reefed out what I could with a putty knife. Avery foot or two I'd then go back with a rag soaked in mineral spirits and clean the residue.
It took me about 2/3 of the day to do one side. Spending the day on a ladder muscling a small putty knife is not as much fan as... Sailing! But it's necessary. The joint was leaking for sure, and about 75% of the butyl had lost its normal nasty tackiness. I hope I never take the toe rails off again, so I'm trying to do it right this one time.
Still working out what the replacement goo will be. I was thinking I'd use butyl again, but there's just no way I can lay the tape in there; the slot is too thin. I am pretty sure I can rig a narrow tube on a caulk tube though and squirt some in, then spread it like butter with a putty knife.
The choices are down to 3m 4200, SikaFlex 291, and SikaFlex 295. I'm almost set to use 4200 just because it's available everywhere and I know it will work. To use Sika I need to order the tubes from Jamestown or Defender. I'm running out of time and need to make a decision soon.
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