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Old 09-06-2012, 05:48 PM   #1
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Fantastic fan/sky light re-hab

So, I got around to trying to clean/wax the Fantastic Fan and Sky Light covers and even Macguires 1&2 would'ent clean 'em up.

So I have new ones on order.

Here's pics.

Now, when I bought the TT about 1.5 yrs ago, first thing is it went for a check up and re-seal of whole exterior.

So it looks to me like some BOZO went to town with a caulking gun around the sky light, antenna, F-fan etc and as you can see it's a heck of a mess to get off and do it right.

Another thing I found is that the black gasket sealing the opening F-fan lid was placed with the "bitter ends" facing forward and they had separated so if heading down the road in rain water could force it'self in.

Just saying , maybe you want to check yours.

Does it look as bad to you as me??? Now I'm going to have to repaint the roof after I get done removing 5lb of caulking.

Advice would be welcome before I get any further (so far I've only removed the caulking around the F-fan and I could probably get away with only repainting a square around it: thanks
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:32 PM   #2
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How did your project go? I'm getting ready to replace the dome on my fan, and ran across your thread. I'm pretty sure I'll need to remove old caulk and reseal, too. Any tips?

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Actually, the prior work was close to what you want. The bedding was a little too wide and thick for my taste, an inch beyond the seam would have been enough. The self leveling caulk is meant to be used in this fashion.

I have replaced three fans. I used blue painters tape to out line the perimeter and then applied the caulk with a small overlap. Pull up the tape carefully within minutes and you will end up with a nice straight, crisp edge that looks pretty.
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:39 PM   #4
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Philipks: project went well and I chose to lay a similar size bead of self leveling caulk rather than paint the roof.
SeeMore has it right about the tape and technique but I would add that with the self leveling caulk you need to work fast and to get everything even I'd use a throw away paint brush as fast as you can to smooth the surface out as it settles and hardens.
As an aside you can see my thread "good by skylight hello hatch" to see the other half of the job.
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Old 06-20-2013, 04:30 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info!
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