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Old 05-12-2011, 08:32 PM   #15
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Another good source for butyl tape is industrial supply houses that sell caulking and other types of sealants. It is used extensively in the commercial/industrial building industry for sealing metal flashings. The chain in my area is Guaranteed Supply. I have also found it in some of the better stocked commercial lumber yards.

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Old 05-12-2011, 08:36 PM   #16
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Well, Greg, now you know what you are looking for, and where to get it. If you have any problems, come back and ask, we'll happily tell you where to go...
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Old 05-13-2011, 07:05 PM   #17
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OK, BUTYL tape it is, and thanks for the advice to this newbie.
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Old 06-11-2011, 08:01 PM   #18
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I thought I'd report back after going to the Zip Dee Awning factory with my daughter for her awning. Actually, I told her to report, but she's a busy mom & probably forgot! We dropped her Argosy Minuet off in the morning & showed them the Sikaflex that she wanted to be used for her install. After a few hours of shopping at Ikea & the mall, Zip Dee called her & said she was ready to go. When we got back, my daughter opened the door to the trailer & there was the tube of Sikaflex--unused..... I jumped up in the door to see what was used on the hardware & ---Gasp----it was clear silicone Well, there was a lack of communication between the installers & the man who checked us in, so they used what they always use & "what we've used for 30 plus years without any problems." I asked them to remove the hardware, wipe off the silicone, and replace it with Sikaflex. They didn't really think it was necessary, but I told them that my daughter spent a lot of money on it, it wasn't her mistake, and she would like to have the change made. They did all the changes--even had to run out to purchase a caulk gun to do it for her. We waited about an hour for it to be finished & she now has her beautiful custom color awning on her Minuet. Zip Dee has a very good customer service reputation, and it held up again! One thing that they forgot to install until we were there (and I'm glad they did so we could stop them) was a wheel on the door. They were going to put screws in the skin of the door for the wheel & said that they did with every install. So, if you don't want a wheel on your door, you had better specify that (strongly) before you drop it off at the Elk Grove Village, IL factory. So, the answer to the silicone question is "yes, they use silicone".
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Old 06-12-2011, 01:38 PM   #19
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Thanks for the report. I decided against clear silicon and ordered 3 tubes of SikaFlex 241 in gray. I used one tube in installing my rear window awning and the Road side awning on a 25FB. It matches the gray caulking used on the original Patio Awning.

I must say that this stuff sets up quickly so if you use it on any install, you need to work quickly. Mine was "dry" in less than an hour when working at 90 degrees F and probably 70% humidity!!!
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Oops. I meany Sikaflex 221 in gray.
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