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Old 11-04-2005, 11:26 AM   #1
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Removing old "vulkem"?

I am looking at recaulking around all my windows because the old original stuff is bad. I have found many threads on polishing and gasket redos but havn't seen how to remove this stuff. I can't use anything metal because of digging into the sheetmetal. What do I use? This stuff if very hard and I don't think I can get back underneath it but if I can just get it off the surface then I can cover it with something new. I havn't decided on what to use for the sealant yet as everyone seems to like something different. Should I find a plastic putty knife? Or a wooden something?
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Old 11-04-2005, 11:34 AM   #2
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I am looking at recaulking around all my windows because the old original stuff is bad. I have found many threads on polishing and gasket redos but havn't seen how to remove this stuff. I can't use anything metal because of digging into the sheetmetal. What do I use? This stuff if very hard and I don't think I can get back underneath it but if I can just get it off the surface then I can cover it with something new. I havn't decided on what to use for the sealant yet as everyone seems to like something different. Should I find a plastic putty knife? Or a wooden something?
hi Reece,
I have found that sharpened popsicle sticks and orange sticks work the best. I also try to soften the old vulkem using a heat gun. Once you get the old stuff out a good wipe/scrub down with mineral spirits and you will be ready to put new Vulkem in place.

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Old 11-04-2005, 11:40 AM   #3
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How about these, Acrylic Razor Blades. I have not used them myself, but I think they would work for what you want to do. Anyone have any experiance with these? I saw them at AirstreamDreams...opps...I mean VTS.

http://www.vintagetrailersupply.com/...Code=VTS%2D176
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do a search here there are many articles on that....
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Above advice works good

Reece,
I'd like to add my 2cents here. I've used the sharpened popcicle sticks, plastic putty knifes, orange sticks, bamboo skewers and metal dental picks. All work fine. The best stuff is aerosol gun barrel scrubber. Used to use Hoppes #9 but its no longer available in the silly state of CA. WalMart and KMart have plenty of another brand. This stuff, if it doesn't liquidify the vulcum, at least will soften it. Once the old is removed by whichever tool works best for you, I tape off the seam on both sides and apply the vulcum using a syringe and force into place with a finger. The finger is in a latex glove mind you. The aerosol spray on a paper towel will remove any excess you don't want.
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