Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-28-2010, 05:51 PM   #1
3 Rivet Member
1978 28' Ambassador
Savannah , Georgia
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 237
Goof or good?

Removing all old vulkem. Replacing with new. Also replacing all gaskets. Used OOOO steel wool on window frames to polish off oxidation (white film) and then used Mother's aluminum cleaner. Thought I should get a clean surface for gasket around window and to add a small bead of vulkem around the glass itself.
Steel wool a good choice or a goof?
Going with the "grain of the aluminum. Rivets are a challenge. Staying away from the glass.
Thanks. Jack

Skamper1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2010, 06:11 PM   #2
3 Rivet Member
1980 31' Excella II
Drummond Island , Michigan
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 140
Cleaning the surface of the aluminum so the caulk will have something to stick to is a good idea. I don't like steel wool because it sheds. Try using a scotchbrite pad. They come in different "grits" depending on the color. white is less abrasive then green and green is less abrasive than grey, etc. A good source is the paint section at your local hardware or big box home center. Don't know about aluminum cleaners. You should avoid using cleaners or polish with silicone as that will coat the clean the surface with a film that will not allow the caulk or gasket adhesive to adhere

Ahzmyrah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2010, 06:26 PM   #3
Rivet Master
mimiandrews's Avatar

1966 22' Safari
Weatherford , Texas
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 1,489
Steel wool equals corrosion

Aircraft mechanics are taught never to use steel wool on aluminum. Minute particles of the steel end up imbedded in the aluminum and will set up galvanic corrosion when a moisture source becomes available.

Scotch brite is OK.
mimiandrews is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2010, 04:54 AM   #4
3 Rivet Member
1978 28' Ambassador
Savannah , Georgia
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 237
Thanks for the coments. I used the steel wool because I had it. Will go buy some copper wool. The scrubber pads are also a good idea. Did not check the contents of the Mother's cleaner. Have seen where it has been used here on the forums. Plan to give everything a good cleaning with laquer thinner before attaching vulkem. Am now in search of "free" 60cc syringes. Just the little bit I did yesterday did turn out beautiful. Eight years of saltwater exposure has left alot of corrosion. Jack
Skamper1 is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Good Enough? dscluchfc Photography 6 08-09-2009 07:20 AM
We've been good aluminauts Commercial Listings 6 12-16-2008 05:08 PM
its thursday and to 2airishuman is my favorite goof except the others... Boondocker Off Topic Forum 9 02-17-2006 12:22 PM
If one is good ,two must be better. Mike B Our Community 1 04-18-2004 11:24 PM

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:21 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.