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Old 08-29-2005, 08:34 PM   #1
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How long did it take you?

Sigh. Moan. Deep sigh. Deeper mo-ooooooan.
It has been determined by parties who shall remain unnamed, we need to take all the old sealent out, and redo all seams, etc. Then, and only then, we might do away with the last persisitant small leak. Sigh.
So today meant six hours of digging out old vulkhem and the scourge of Airstreams (but loved by ignorant folks) silicon seal!
How much more time to do a 1983, 31 foot Excella? Ryan says all the old should be removed.... around the AC, all roof protrusions, around all the wondows, the door, beltline, all seams..... it all has to go, and new inserted. Using both Vulkhem and Parbond.
Which brings me to another question.... he suggested using something clear on the blue stripe so it wouldn't be so obnoxious and obvious. What comes in clear that is good to use on Airstreams? Huh? Huh?
And how many hours is this going to take? Expected to leave on a two to three week swing on Sunday! Are we gonna make it?

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Old 08-29-2005, 09:38 PM   #2
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I don't envy you! I was preparing some surfaces for sealing just yesterday. Can you do it in time without aggravating carpal tunnel? Good question...

Approved for the same application -- Check out Sikaflex-221 also. Their grey is a close match for aluminum. It skins and dries much faster than Vulkem -- I'd say less than 24 hours.
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Old 08-30-2005, 05:12 AM   #3
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Elizabeth,

I have had great success with this product. It can be found at Camping World.

I clean the surface with alcohol (no flavors - 91% + isopropyl) liberal application. The sealant will displace any alcohol or water residue.
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Old 08-30-2005, 05:31 AM   #4
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Elizabeth,

I have had great success with this product. It can be found at Camping World.

I clean the surface with alcohol (no flavors - 91% + isopropyl) liberal application. The sealant will displace any alcohol or water residue.
I have used that stuff, too. It is clear, and flows into the seams, and if I don't point it out to people, they never know (or are too polite to point out) where I have used it.
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Old 08-30-2005, 07:10 AM   #5
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Parbond comes in clear, white and aluminum colors.
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Old 09-22-2005, 07:55 PM   #6
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Looks like an excellent product. Would it work on this?

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Elizabeth,

I have had great success with this product. It can be found at Camping World.

I clean the surface with alcohol (no flavors - 91% + isopropyl) liberal application. The sealant will displace any alcohol or water residue.
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Old 09-22-2005, 08:17 PM   #7
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You'll need something much heavier duty for "plumber cleavage"!

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I have heard amazing things about this product:
http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...-1/10001/19884

A friend has used this successfully on his Airstream, and it cured the leaks immediately and permanently.
I have no personal experience with this yet, but will definitely try it once a leak surfaces.
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