Fixing Leaking Non-Opening 473 Deck Hatches – Resealing And Repainting

Due to an occasional small leak through our port side fixed deck hatch and the wearing of the white paint on the screen itself, we decided to fix both whilst we were in a marina for a couple of weeks in October 2015. As can be seen in the third photo below, the patches of clear glass that had started to show black through the white paint didn’t look very pretty and we do like Beyzano to look pretty if we can!

Deck & Screen Edges Masked Up For New Sealant

Deck & Screen Edges Masked Up For New Sealant

We had already erected our sun awnings so there was a shady area to work under. It would also keep some rain off if necessary but as it hadn’t rained in months, it would have been pretty bad luck if it rained just as we decided to do the repair.

The Entire Screen Masked Up

The Entire Screen Masked Up

Firstly Rob dug out most of the brittle old grey sealant from around the screen to give a channel for adding fresh sealant. He then masked up the glass and deck before injecting new sealer into the gap but only to half depth to allow it to cure thoroughly before adding more. He pushed it down firmly with a small wooden stick and we left it 24 hours to dry out. It was also an additional safeguard in case it rained.

Second Set Of Masking For Painting - Black Patches Very Visible

Second Set Of Masking For Painting – Black Patches Very Visible

Next he removed all of that masking tape and masked up the deck and clear glass instead, leaving the area of white and black screen to be repainted. It was a bit windy when we did the painting but the ABCs are almost always windy, so we just shielded the nearby deck with paper to avoid getting paint everywhere.

Painting Complete With Just Final Sealant Left To Add

Painting Complete With Just Final Sealant Left To Add

Initially we were going to spray the Interlux topside paint using an attachment but the instructions said you couldn’t use the spray bottle at more than a 45 degree angle and we needed more like 100 degrees, so used a brush and small roller. This worked well and it was far less messy in the windy conditions. We added 3 coats of paint and sanded between coats but they dried quickly. It looked better straight away.

The Entire Screen - Good As New

The Entire Screen – Good As New

We had to be very careful peeling off the paper and masking tape and decided to leave the paint another couple of days to be really hard before putting any masking tape on it for the last step.

Finally we will re-mask the glass and deck to leave the small trench again, into which we can squirt the final layer of sealant, smoothing it off as we go. Then we’ll have nice shiny white surrounds to the deck hatches and no leaks.