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Old 02-06-2012, 06:00 PM   #1
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Captain Tolley's Creeping Crack Cure

Hello,

Has anyone used this stuff to stop leaks on their Airstream with any success?

Capt. Tolley's Creeping Crack Cure

I have a few pesky leaks on my gutted 1976 Argosy and thought it could help.

Thanks, Gary.
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Old 02-07-2012, 07:04 AM   #2
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I've used it quite a bit. It wicks into the smallest of leaks. I have occasionally even used it on top of freshly dried caulk for a little extra seal. If you let it drip beyond the area you want to seal, it will leave a not quite clear streak on the trailer skin which is tough to get off.
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Old 02-07-2012, 07:27 AM   #3
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Sounds good!

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Old 02-07-2012, 07:28 AM   #4
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On my trailer there are several fixed windows under the opening unit. The glass seems to be held in with what looks like putty and is rock hard. One of them leaked. I fixed it with that product. I just filled the gap along the glass and let it dry. It seemed to disappear into the gap. I just kept applying it and let each application dry before doing another application. Once the seam showed that it was full I was done. This was about six years ago and still no sign of leaking. It is also almost invisible.
I'm sure that it is simply a very thin white glue similar to Weldbond which can be thinned with water and is waterproof.
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Old 02-07-2012, 07:29 AM   #5
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Just be aware that it runs downhill.
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Interesting..no experience with it, actually never even heard of it.
Definitely worth a try though.
It's not like we don't have enough test sites.

Appears very similar in applications to Acryl-R.


Capt. Tolley's.

Both are an acrylic compound.


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Old 02-07-2012, 08:54 AM   #7
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Great product...in fact, I no longer get stressed out over leaks...(already used it on my present Wally Byam take-it-home-do-it-yourself trailer project!!). It is a water-based penetrating sealant for leaks from hairline cracks. It finds its way inside cracks by capillary action, and rapid penetration indicates a leak. However, as Aviator mentioned, spills are difficult to remove.
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:18 AM   #8
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"(already used it on my present Wally Byam take-it-home-do-it-yourself trailer project!!)."

2012...amusing statement....

Sad fact on such a "new" unit...

We can do it at home, but it can't be accomplished during gestation?

So much for the famous rain room used during assembly.

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...glad someone caught the humor. Now here's a REALLY sad fact: yesterday I noticed corrosion beginning to break out from behind SEVERAL red/amber position lights...but I'll whine about that on another thread sometime.
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...or maybe not; after all, this thing's 6 months old already!
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I used it last Spring to find and stop a leak around a window. It can be a little messy because it is very thin and runny, but it solved my issue. I will have this on hand from now on!
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Bob,

This stuff is even thinner than Acryl-R. I really like the Acryl-R product, but for the extremely thin gaps, this stuff will pull right in and seal.

On our trailer, I have removed the old caulk and resealed around all the windows and doors with either Vulkem or Acryl-R. When I finished that project, I found that there were still a couple of leaks with no obvious source. Going back around all the panel edges with the Capt. Tolley's did the trick. I am still not sure which area was the culprit, but it is sealed now!
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Will find this product in most marine stores.

Works well in stress cracks in fiberglass gel coat on boats; but, would have never used it on a leaking fitting, port, etc. In those instances, the permanent solution was to remove, clean up, re-bed with appropriate caulk and reinstall.

Hadn't thought about it's use on an Airstream; but, would consider as a last ditch solutions for any leaks I can think of.
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