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Old 08-08-2013, 03:27 PM   #1
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Old Vulkem Clean up Is there a safe Solvent

I fear damaging the trailer. I need to remove Old Vulkem from my trailer and I am wonder what the proper method or methods are. Some of it is just smeared around the water heater opening ( a two inch band) the other is the crusty dirty stuff from around the vent I removed yesterday to replace with a Fantastic Vent.

Someone suggested Brakleen and (auto painting) Prep solvent

I suspect what is around the water heater opening is a problem

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Old 08-08-2013, 03:32 PM   #2
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It was I who suggested the above solvents. However I now note that you have an AS with Plasticote, I think. Test both solvents in an inconspicuous spot. Neither hurts clearcoat paint on the newer units.

Remove most of the old sealer with a plastic scraper before cleaning up with a solvent.
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Old 08-08-2013, 04:27 PM   #3
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Thanks Rich

I got most of the crusty off up on the roof. Not clean enough to reseal.

I will have to get a pic of what is around the water heater.

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Old 08-08-2013, 04:58 PM   #4
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WD40 if it is still tacky. MEK is dry. Those two products work for me.
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Try Gumout carb cleaner. I doubt there is any clear coat left to harm on a 73.

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Try Gumout carb cleaner. I doubt there is any clear coat left to harm on a 73.

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Maybe, if there is no clear left, but carb cleaner is really aggressive stuff. It'll eat paint........etc.
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I have not had issues with Gumout eating paint. Paint remover will remove paint and I have resorted to that for real stubborn thick Vulkem. Try it some place where it won't matter if the clear coat comes off. Most old trailers don't have enough clear coat left to worry about. None of this stuff will hurt the aluminum. It is not a bad idea to wear gloves.

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.....warm with DW's hair dryer, plastic scraper, prepsol and plenty of rags.

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My hair dryer won't work.......just DWs?
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Thanks.

No citrus based cleaner for this job.

You bet I will where gloves.
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I finally got some pictures of the area I was talking about and what it looks like. I am assuming this is Vulkem put on with a very big toe.

The vent on the roof is just the remains of the crusty stuff.

Thanks

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Gumout will get it done.

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