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Old 06-11-2002, 03:02 PM   #1
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caulking

Just fininshed a two day marathon caulking session. Using the blue masking tape to get a straight line, I Vulkum sealed around the beltline body trim on my Motorhome, and then went around the windows, doors, fender wells, and all other outside trim areas with Dupont silicone II aluminum. On advice of PeterH, I pulled the tape quickly after caulking each area, and wiped any excess caulk off with Mineral spirits. Also used the mineral spirits to smooth out the Vulkum. Thanks Pete, as if I had left the tape on any longer it would have been a mess.
All looks good now...hopefully it will last for awhile.
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Old 06-11-2002, 04:49 PM   #2
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After I recaulked all my windows, I eliminated some small mystery leaks.
When I pulled all the windows on the curb side during my panel replacement, I realized that the boys at Airstream were a bit sloppy the day they cut the aluminum for the windows. In some places they cut it just 1/8" from the edge of the window frame. The rivets were just decoration, but they put tons of vulkem on the inside to make up for it. So over the years some small leaks developed.
Using the blue tape on either side sure makes a nice looking caulk line!
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Old 06-11-2002, 07:09 PM   #3
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Parbond

Is Parbond still in favor for those small overlapping seams between alum. panels?
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David,

You bring up a good question. I am in the process of removing the pounds of silicone that a PO put on my coach and was wondering if I should reseal the seams between front and rear caps and the side walls. I am planning on painting so the grey parbond vs the ivory paint is not an issue for me, but I am wondering if the ParBond can be painted or will it need to be stripped?

if it can be painted this would allow for me to begin the repairs on the steel that need to be done prior to paint as well as allow for a good seal. I have a few mystery leaks that I am hoping this will resolve.
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Hi Brett
What are you using to remove the silicone?

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Since mine is painted and I plan on repainting I am using a single edged razorblade and alot of elbow grease. a large quantity has released from the aluminmum skin, but not from the trim. If I had a shiny aluminum skin I would be leery of a razor blade as I have scratched the skin. I know I read on the froum a method for removing without scratching but I do not remember where..... CRS wins again!
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I've heard of people using sharpened popsicle sticks...that's what we are planning on using at this point.

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Talking removal of nasties

Let's see if this applies: problem of cleaning.
On the removal process, I used alcohol and, a old toothbrush to clean up the residue of silicone. The first step, I used a stainless steel dental tool with a very long, fine point. (the kind they'd use to clean your teeth when you go in for a 6 month check-up & cleaning) Just work very slowly, keep the point of the tool pointing away from the aluminum skin and, on the spots where you find it difficult to get it in between, a slight press inward with the palm of your hand will open it up for you. Practice, practice makes for a neat job. In some cases, I would use Spirit of Mineral oil then, followed by alcohol to clean up. A damp(water) clean rag, followed by a dry terry cloth. sounds like alot of trouble but, this is after all..A labor of LOVE~!~
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