After the area around the leaky rivets is cleaned and well scuffed, heat the area with a propane torch to drive off moisture and warm the metal. To first identify the source of leakage, dry the interior of the boat and place the boat on the water.
I was quite surprised to find that every aluminum boat owner I talked to said they had some sort of leak. The heat initially thins the epoxy, allowing it to seep into the smallest crevice, and then speeds the gel time.


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To reduce the possibility of destruction or distortion, I tilted the boat and only filled one end at a time since filling the boat up entirely might have done more damage to the seams.


Heat  the repair area with a propane torch (a heat gun will work) up to 180–220°F to dry out the repair area. Complete heating and filling each rivet or seam section before moving on to the next to avoid too much heat loss.



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