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Old 04-21-2014, 12:25 PM   #1
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Sealant for a small job

I have read and read and read here on the forum about sealants. I think I have some idea of what NOT to use. I have a small job to do. Specifically I need to replace a few rivets ( maybe 6 or so ). It seems that the recommended procedure suggests that we put a small bit of sealant on the rivet and squeezing out the excess upon installation. If I was incorporating this into a larger sealing job it would make it somewhat easier but I'm looking for a sealer that is appropriate to our AS trailers and comes in a smaller quantity. I have a few tubes to use on larger applications but I hesitate to puncture them for such a small need and risk wasting the rest before I will be using it.

So I'm looking for something commonly available that I can use on these few rivets. Otherwise I will need to look closer for a larger job to make it worth using a tube or 2.

Thanks, See ya on the road sometime.
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Old 04-21-2014, 12:59 PM   #2
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I'd use tempro 365. You can wrap the open end with seran wrap and a rubber band, put in the freezer and it will last over a year. Do it as a practice.

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Old 04-21-2014, 01:29 PM   #3
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I'd use tempro 365.
Didn't you mean Trempro 635?
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Old 04-21-2014, 01:33 PM   #4
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Alcoa Gutter Seal in silver is great for small jobs. I have a tube in the trailer that is several years old. Last week I had a small leak around a rivet on the fridge vent. I found the gutter seal and it was fine, squeezed right out and fixed the problem. Steve at VTS has it in silver: Aluminum Pigmented Gutterseal

On preserving the big tubes, I've had good luck with a couple of ways to seal the end. One way is to use the foil aluminum tape like HVAC folks use on duct work. I keep a big roll in the trailer and it is fantatic for lots of uses (one use is to put a small piece on the lower corners of the rear hatch every time I travel. It is almost invisible and is a safeguard preventing the rear hatch ever coming loose). A bit tape over the end of the tube will keep the vulkem fresh for a few weeks. For longer storage time, a big blob of hot glue over the cut end of the tube and storage in the freezer will keep it fresh for a long time.
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Old 04-21-2014, 04:54 PM   #5
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Didn't you mean Trempro 635?
Ha, yes, it just seems like I use it "365".
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I just use a regular big tube and, as mentioned upstream, put the unused portion in the freezer (I put mine in a ziplock bag with all the air sucked out).
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Old 04-21-2014, 06:36 PM   #7
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Since there doesn't seem to be any suggestions of products other than those we already know about this will, I guess, be the chosen method.

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Sorry, but I figured I would rather spend money on a regular sized tube of sealant and throw the leftovers in the freezer than spend a lot of time trying to find and track down an alternative in a smaller size. Life's too short for that sort of thing.
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