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Old 04-28-2010, 10:04 PM   #1
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What product or products are recommended to clean and preserve the widow gaskets? We have a 2008 25' Safari SS SE and I have not treated the gaskets with anything other than clean with soap and water semi-annually.

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Old 04-28-2010, 10:45 PM   #2
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Ron, the newer gaskets are maintained with soap and water for cleaning. Then a light coat of silicone sprayed on a clean cloth and applied to the outer surfaces (where the gasket contacts the door or windows) will keep them from sticking and also add years to their service life. Hope this helps. Happy trails, Ed
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Old 04-29-2010, 02:40 PM   #3
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Hello Ron. Welcome to the forums. Fun to get families aboard!

Ron, I lived in Temple for 12 months in '74-75. We spent some time in Georgetown before the Dell... I drive by at least yearly.

I treat my gaskets annually (or more often if they're sticking). The Fantastic Fan gaskets up there in the sun tend to need it first. Be very careful if you're going to do that -- first, for life and limb, and second, to avoid belt buckles & rivets in jeans when leaning across. Put no pressure on end cap segments. The riveted rib areas can take a heavy palm to stabilize while you're leaning across. Get a hefty assistant to hold the ladder...

Soap & water as said; let dry. Spray your "treatment" on a light rag or paper towel. Wipe the gasket. Be careful not to spray the plasticoat on either outer or inner skins.

Silicone... LPS-1 (liquid polymer silicone) was my starting point. But it has petroleum distillates in it. The recommendation I'm using now came from member lewster (Master Tech RV Services). Go to Lowe's and get a spray can of DuPont Teflon Multi-Use Dry, Wax Lubricant. It does have a liquid butane propellant, so again I spray it on a folded paper towel & just wipe on the gasket.

You'll want some LPS-1 anyway. It doesn't attract dust & grime as much as a light oil would, so is what you should use on the B.A.L. stabilizer screw-jacks. And the inside of your door lock/latch mechanism is very lightly lubed. Spray LPS-1 into jamb openings when the door handle becomes harder to open a year or so down the road -- find that I do this about every other year.
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The best--I guess.

303 Aerospace Protectant is supposed to be the best for protecting rubber, vinyl, plastic, etc. It's used in marine applications a lot. To find where to get it: <www.WhereToBuy303.com>
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I also use 303 Aerospace protectant. It has a UV inhibitor. Use it on car seals, canoes, tires...anything rubber or polymer, or fiberglass (gelcoat). I also started using it on my skylights. Hopefully it will help with long term "fogging" due to UV light. recommended for vinyl, if you happen to have vinyl awnings. Works great.
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