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Old 07-16-2009, 07:52 PM   #1
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What's the best way to remove old vulkem? My fingernails ain't long enough
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If that doesn't work try a phaser. Or a heat gun with a plastic putty knife.

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Old 07-16-2009, 09:36 PM   #6
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vulkem and mineral spirits

m.s. seems to work good for me-but first i judiciously use a gasket scraper on the thick stuff. after the vulkem is thin, the ms softens the vulkem and then you can use whatever to get it off. scotch brite works okay. scrapers of various descriptions, too. as a final, I have been sanding the clean aluminum-the rough surface will provide nice adhesion to the new vulkem-or if not spreading vulkem, then a good surface for clear coat-or polishing,
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I just finished resealing my roof vents and skylights today. When I had done all the openings except one using oak strips about 1/8 in. thick and sharpened with a miter saw to a 45 degree or sharper bevel, I thought about a plastic or nylon-like strip I got fron a tile center when I was tiling my home floor. It was a piece for a transition or threshhold. It is 1 3/4" X 1/4". Put a bevel of 45 degrees, or sharper if possible, on a handy length of this material. If you want a narrower strip, rip it with a table saw. Using a heat gun borrowed from a friend's body shop, I got the white, weather-checked material off without too much hassle. Don't get things too hot. Some sealer remained after the first removal attempt. Mineral spirits softened the leftovers enough that another pass with the plastic scraper removed almost everything else. Resharpen often if the scraper dulls. I also used the scraper to remove the vulkem above the widows. The white paint on the roof remained intact unless I got too aggressive.
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