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Old 12-10-2005, 02:28 PM   #1
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Alcoa Gutter seal Instructions

Lets try again. This forum software is screwing up just like it does on every other site that I frequent that uses this software and not posting. Then losing what you type.

I need to seal a couple leaks. Its fine seams and rivets so not where my trusty Vulkem is going to work. I needed a product that would wick into the seams.

Airstream was out of stock with a long back order on the Acryl-R I originally intended to use. I decided to try Alcoa Gutter Seal so I place a order with the fine folks at Vintage Trailer supply that have been so helpful in the past.

Nice prompt service as Usual. I received the product last week. Rain finally quit and I wanted to see if I could seal up these leaks today. A nice brisk day in the 40'sF. I figure that this product probably has a working temperature range so I grab the tube and read the highly detailed Directions.

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For best results apply only to clean, dry surfaces.

Warning flammable, keep way from heat. Don't feed to kids yadda yadda yadda.
Well GEE thats some helpful directions there.


Alcoa site is anything but helpful and being Saturday nobody will answer the help lines I am sure.

I recall reading the Vintage Trailer supply folks were going to be on vacation this week.
Anybody know the working temps that are acceptable for this product?
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59toaster,
In response to your orginal question...with the Alcoa gutter seal the temps are going to need to be 40 degrees and rising, this comes from personal experience. As far as material data sheets for Alcoa...I have never been able to get a MSDS from those clowns. And I work in the industry. And FWIW the Alcoa seems to work better than the Parbond...but is harder to get off it you need to remove it in the future.

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59toaster,
In response to your orginal question...with the Alcoa gutter seal the temps are going to need to be 40 degrees and rising, this comes from personal experience. As far as material data sheets for Alcoa...I have never been able to get a MSDS from those clowns. And I work in the industry. And FWIW the Alcoa seems to work better than the Parbond...but is harder to get off it you need to remove it in the future.

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Thanks

Thats the temps I was thinking I needed to shoot for. I think I will take a hair dryer and warm the area around the one bad leak and see if I can get it sealed since we have rain coming back in the next couple days. Wait for the next warm spell for the rest.

Whatever they originally used in the corners of the window frames is letting loose on several window frames and that seems to be my worst leaks. Never would see the leaks if the interrior panels had been on. This is not where it seals to the body its the corners on the frame itself.

I bought enough to go over the complete roof and all the window frames.
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I used the alcoa gutter seal a few weeks ago in about 40-45 degree temps, it was sunny so the aluminum was warming too. I cleaned the surface to be sealed with steel wool and MEK (which is the solvent in the gutter seal) then used a syringe with a ground-off needle to lay the sealant into and over the gap - it reallly does wick right in. I sealed some other areas when it was about 30 degrees out and these areas seem to be working fine too. I have some pictures of my syringe tools on my thread 22' 1962 safari.

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The MSDS for Gutterseal used to be hard to get before Alcoa's siding division was bought by Plygem. The MSDS is here on our site now:
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As far as material data sheets for Alcoa...I have never been able to get a MSDS from those clowns. And I work in the industry.

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