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Old 11-10-2011, 09:56 AM   #1
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What is this crap??!?

hey guys


Wanted to put my first threads in the right places. I am the "new" owner of a 62 globetrotter that im turning into a concession trailer….built several before but never worked on an airstream.

1. what is this crap….and how do I get it off..?? I can pick at it with my nail…it's soft and I imagine it's silicone??

If someone can point it out what it is..I will search this forum on how to combat and remove it. Just hauled it from Oregon to Vancouver BC…what a trip! I want to start with this mess thats on there and then assess where i'm at.

thanks everybody!

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Old 11-10-2011, 10:13 AM   #2
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Yep, that looks like some amatuer's attempt at sealing the seams with "who knows what" most likely %#$@*! silicone gutter seal from the looks of it.

You may want to check out this recent thread for some ideas on getting rid of it...

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Old 11-10-2011, 10:45 AM   #3
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there we go didnt know we could embed
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Old 11-10-2011, 10:48 AM   #4
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how can people be this stupid i dont get it
What are my chances for getting this all off
im prepared to go to battle
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Old 11-10-2011, 11:40 AM   #5
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Hard to say what it is just by looking at pictures. It might be old vulkum? Anyway, you'll probably need to experiment with different solvents until you find one that disolves it. Start by scrapping as much as you can off with a plastic putty knife, being careful to not damage the aluminum. Some of the solvents we've used with sucess are MEK, carb cleaner (this seemed to work the best on old vulkum), brake cleaner, and silicone cleaner.

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Old 11-10-2011, 11:55 AM   #6
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Boy, from a distance that almost looks like that old aluminum-in-a-tube that the hardware stores used to sell. Best of luck!
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Old 11-10-2011, 11:56 AM   #7
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Many caulking compounds become much easier to remove when heated. A heat gun on a moderate setting should not hurt the aluminum. After heating a patch of the goop, I suggest using a plastic scraper to get as much off as possible. The more you can safely remove that way, the more likely solvent will be effective in removing the remainder.

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Old 11-10-2011, 01:22 PM   #8
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It Looks Like DAP Gutter Caulking...

Can't tell for sure.
But that is my guess.
I feel your pain.
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Old 11-10-2011, 01:30 PM   #9
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well well well
Couple of phone calls and figured out what it was:

555/555R Brilliant Aluminum Roof Coating | Henry.com

guess im going to call them and get more info!
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You could try a heat gun with plastic putty knife to see if that works.
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Old 11-10-2011, 09:07 PM   #11
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does mineral spirits damage the aluminum?

Was recommended to me by the company for gooping it up as well
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Old 11-10-2011, 09:10 PM   #12
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does mineral spirits damage the aluminum?

Was recommended to me by the company for gooping it up as well
Doesn't hurt a thing. I use it all the time between polish grades, to clean things up.
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Old 11-29-2011, 08:25 PM   #13
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I have used Goof-off to tame the silicones put on my old abused girl, a 1968 Globetrotter. I even used Easy Off oven cleaner on the vent grills and it took off all the burn marks. It might etch though. I would spray the area using a strong solvent and let it soak in. Then using a razor just trim it off. It is time consuming but I got a nice end result. My previous wingnut tore out the rear window, used 2X4's to frame in a air conditioner and then spray foamed the inside. Of course he tore out the hardware.
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