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BoatLIFE Life-Calk polysulfide marine sealant
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BoatLIFE Life-Calk

BoatLIFE Life-Calk is a long lasting, permanently flexible marine polysulfide sealant that can be sanded, painted and used above and below the waterline. Tack-free in 1 to 3 days, curing in 7-10 days (weather dependent). This sealant exhibits excellent resistance to teak oils, gasoline and diesel fuel.

Note: 1/12 gl sizes fit a standard caulking gun.

 
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JOINT EXPANSION It is recommended that dimensions be established for each joint in conformance with service conditions. Width of joint may be determined by calculating expansion and contraction of limits of the structure during temperature extremes and multiplying by a factor of 4. For example, if a joint will open and close 1/4" under temperature extremes, the joint should be designed 1/4" times 4, or 1" wide. No joint should be less than 1/4" wide.

INSTALLATION

PREPARATORY WORK The sealant bonding surfaces should be sound, clean and free of contamination such as release agents, water repellent treatment or other surface contaminants. Where adverse conditions are suspected, sanding is advisable.

METHOD OF APPLICATION Life-Calk can be applied directly from cartridges or bulk pails.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES
1. Clean joints and wash with Life-Calk Solvent and Cleaner.
2. Apply bond breaker.
3. Apply BoatLIFE Life-Calk Primer.
4. Apply Life-Calk with a hand or air operated caulking gun, putty knife or trowel, pushing cartridge away from you.
5. Tool seam.
CAUTION: DO NOT OPEN CONTAINER UNTIL READY TO USE

NOTE: It is important that the sealant be tooled to assure complete wetting of the bonding surface in order to obtain maximum adhesion. Care should be taken not to disturb the seal until completely cured.

CURE: Since Life-Calk sealant is a moisture/temperature cure and requires the absorption of moisture from the surrounding atmosphere, an increase in the relative humidity or submersion in water will result in a shorter tack free time and faster cure.

CLEANING OF EQUIPMENT: Wash equipment and tools with BoatLIFE Life-Calk Solvent and Cleaner or Release before material cures. TESTING IS RECOMMENDED.

Life-Calk is also paintable and sandable after complete curing occurs. Since curing time varies with the environment test a small area of the caulking. If the paint does not dry in a reasonable amount of time, a latex primer can be used. Do a second test of a small area.

*Note: Curing time will vary based on temperature, relative humidity, and age of product.

Tips:

To speed cure time, spray a little water onto one-part LIFE-CALK. To clean up tools, equipment and uncured LIFE-CALK use LIFE-CALK SOLVENT AND CLEANER or RELEASE. Push the caulking gun, do not pull it. In cold areas, warm tubes and cartridges before use. Fill in small cracks with LIQUID LIFE-CALK. Use LIFE-CALK PRIMER if there is any question about whether or not wood is oily (except with LIFE-CALK 2-part type P). Remove cured sealants with RELEASE by spraying edge of sealant. Work bonded area between surface and sealant with a scraping tool and RELEASE until sealant is weakened.

 

  • Base Compound: Polysulfide
  • Colors: White, Black, Mahogany, Teak Brown
  • Consistency: Gun Grade
  • Nonvolatile content: 96-98%
  • Tack Free Time: 24 hrs @ 75 F, 50% Relative Humidity
  • Cure Time: 1/8" thickness 10 days @ 75 F, 50% Relative Humidity
  • Cure Time: 1/4" thickness 20 days @ 75 F, 50% Relative Humidity
  • Hardness, Shore Durometer 26

 

Joint Depth  1/8" Joint Width  1/4" JW  3/8" JW  1/2" JW   3/4" JW 
1/4"   60 lineal ft/cartridge  29  18  15  10 
3/8"  37  18  15  10 
1/2"  29  15  10 
3/4"  18  10  3.5 
Below Water Line (yes/no): Yes
BRAND: BoatLIFE
Material: Polysulfide
Rate Of Cure: Slow
Strength: Good
Type: Adhesive
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BoatLIFE Life-Calk
 
3.0

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

70%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (4)
  • Protects well (4)
  • Weather proof (4)

Cons

  • Messy (6)
  • Difficult to use (4)

Best Uses

  • Outdoors (4)
  • Wood trim (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Advanced (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Stuff So far..

This product was used to bond a plate to the transom for attaching transducers.. all 5 of them to a single plate. Great bond and seal..but very sticky and wear latex gloves...Read complete review

This product was used to bond a plate to the transom for attaching transducers.. all 5 of them to a single plate. Great bond and seal..but very sticky and wear latex gloves as you will get it on everything. Much like applying silicon.. wet your finger before you flatten out the bead or your goint to have sticky fingers...

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Never Again

Purchased product because directions indicated the calk was paintable. Applied calk and after 8 days painted with 1 part polyurethane primer which would not dry. Called manufactor and after 3 tries, they finally...Read complete review

Purchased product because directions indicated the calk was paintable. Applied calk and after 8 days painted with 1 part polyurethane primer which would not dry. Called manufactor and after 3 tries, they finally confirmed the calk was not compatible with polyurethane paints. Would have saved me a lot of grief if they notated this on the label.

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3.0

Reluctant user

By Cynical1

from Columbia, SC

About Me Advanced

Verified Buyer
Lieutenant

Pros

  • Easy to Use

Cons

  • Not Durable

Best Uses

    Comments about BoatLIFE Life-Calk:

    Disappointed by lifespan of product. Will be looking at non-marine products for above waterline.
    Not sure if Lifecaulk's formula changed over the years. I have decided to use Lifeseal for rebedding my chain plates since the lifecaulk crumbled out from there as well as at the toe rail/hull connection. I used Lifeseal for solar vents and the seal was perfect. My dissatisfaction with Lifecaulk has also been echoed by other members of the boating community. However, it still may be diesel fuel proof.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Life caulk teak

    By Harv

    from New Jersey

    About Me Advanced

    Verified Buyer
    Ensign

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Protects Well
    • Visually Pleasing
    • Weather Proof

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Wood Trim

      Comments about BoatLIFE Life-Calk:

      Jamestown is the only vendor who carries Life Caulk in teak

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Bad Packaging

      By Neko

      from Marina Del Rey, CA

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Difficult to Use
        • Messy

        Best Uses

          Comments about BoatLIFE Life-Calk:

          This is the second tube (toothpaste-sized, not caulking-gun sized) of BoatLife products that opened up on me at the bottom, squirting stuff all over the place. The cause was using the little nozzle that comes with the tube. It restricts the flow enough to allow pressure to push the bottom open. This results in a huge mess and very difficult to apply material. They need to seal the bottoms better. Colgate learned that decades ago.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Mask off before applying

          By Bill

          from Minneapolis, MN

          About Me Advanced

          Pros

          • Protects Well
          • Weather Proof

          Cons

          • Messy

          Best Uses

          • Outdoor
          • Wood Trim

          Comments about BoatLIFE Life-Calk:

          To neatly apply, mask both the surrounding surface and the sides of the fitting being bedded. In the video, you'd apply masking tape to the teak rail and cut out the outline of the cleat base. Then mask the vertical edge of the cleat base. When the caulk is mostly cured, remove the tape for a nice neat job.

          Be aware of silicone caulk when rebedding. Like every other caulk, BoatLife won't stick to silicone. If old silicone is present, it must be mechanically removed, or softened with a silicone digester and then removed. Even silicone won't stick to silicone.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Never Again

          By Rick

          from Seattle, Wa

          About Me Advanced

          Pros

            Cons

            • Ineffective

            Best Uses

              Comments about BoatLIFE Life-Calk:

              Purchased product because directions indicated the calk was paintable. Applied calk and after 8 days painted with 1 part polyurethane primer which would not dry. Called manufactor and after 3 tries, they finally confirmed the calk was not compatible with polyurethane paints. Would have saved me a lot of grief if they notated this on the label.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Good Stuff

              By okawbow

              from Southern Illinois

              About Me Advanced

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Protects Well
              • Weather Proof

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Wood Trim

                Comments about BoatLIFE Life-Calk:

                Works great for sealing a teak toerail. Thin enough to flow into small gaps and cracks. READ THE INSRUCTIONS. Use the primer for teak. I even applied boatlife caulk to a seam wet from a recent rain. It worked perfectly, and even cured faster.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Stuff So far..

                By Trigger243

                from Forest, Ontario Canada

                Pros

                • Protects Well
                • Visually Pleasing
                • Weather Proof

                Cons

                • Difficult to Use

                Best Uses

                  Comments about BoatLIFE Life-Calk:

                  This product was used to bond a plate to the transom for attaching transducers.. all 5 of them to a single plate. Great bond and seal..but very sticky and wear latex gloves as you will get it on everything. Much like applying silicon.. wet your finger before you flatten out the bead or your goint to have sticky fingers...

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  short shelf life

                  By Harry

                  from Tampa, fl.

                  About Me Advanced

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Difficult to Use
                    • Messy
                    • Short shelf life sealed
                    • Short sheve life opened

                    Best Uses

                    • Outdoor

                    Comments about BoatLIFE Life-Calk:

                    hard to get good results caulking teak decks. Product cracks and tubes have short shelf life before becoming lumpy and not usable. Better choices available.

                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    follow all directions!

                    By Suellen

                    from Portland, OR

                    About Me Recreational

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Difficult to Use
                      • Messy
                      • Not Durable

                      Best Uses

                      • Outdoor
                      • Wood Trim

                      Comments about BoatLIFE Life-Calk:

                      The life calk I installed in mahogany deck joints failed after being exposed to sun and 85 degree temperatures. Failure involved separation from the wood and cracking of the material itself. After talking with the company, they diagnosed the problem: 1) I failed to add a bond breaking material at the bottom of the seam. The material can fail if it is stretched in three dimensions. 2) I did not remove all the varnish on the edge of the seam, and I did not use their solvent to assure a clean surface. 3) I may have left air pockets under the material at the bottom of the seam. I am probably going to try this material one more time in part because I can't find another one that is stretchy AND can be painted or varnished.Since this is a horizontal surface, I may try the liquid version because it may fill and level better and it may stick to the wood better.wish me luck! [...]

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      Last few inches of cartrage"LUMPY"

                      By GL

                      from OHIO

                      About Me Beginner

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Very durable

                      Cons

                      • Messy

                      Best Uses

                      • Outdoor

                      Comments about BoatLIFE Life-Calk:

                      I haven't seen the sandability the directions seems to speak of.

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