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Old 08-24-2009, 04:33 PM   #15
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The joints look as good or better than OEM.
Better than THIS?...
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Old 08-25-2009, 09:49 PM   #16
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this is only personal situation for me not trying to reinvent the wheel and ive been a bodyman for 27yrs.when i see the sealers that are used they are a 1k product meaning the air dryes the product.i use panel bond adhesive which is a 2k product meaning it has a catalyst that makes it hard and you have a 60minute working time.when i had to seal around the 3 roll up vent fans on the roof,i didnt want to have to do it again for atleast 20 yrswhen i fixed my skyliner antenna i used 2k seam sealer by 3m if its good enough to go on mercedes or jaguars well that kind of speaks for it self,and i was living in mine fulltime for 2yrs,used fans and antenna regulary with no leaks.
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Old 08-25-2009, 10:04 PM   #17
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I had a crack in one of my wheel well liners so I decided to seal it with urethane this past weekend. I sent the wife off to buy a tube of urethane from the hardware store while I prepped the surfaces.......urethane in the caulking gun and I squeeze the handle......damn, squeezed hard. I am now much more sympathetic. That was some of the stiffest urethane I've used. It was a battle to get it out of the tube and onto the surfaces to be sealed. It worked, but I had some sore hands afterwards. Laura, my apoligies for thinking you might have made too much out of the difficulty squeezing the urethane out of the tube. I know better now!
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Old 08-26-2009, 07:57 AM   #18
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I had a crack in one of my wheel well liners so I decided to seal it with urethane this past weekend. I sent the wife off to buy a tube of urethane from the hardware store while I prepped the surfaces.......urethane in the caulking gun and I squeeze the handle......damn, squeezed hard. I am now much more sympathetic. That was some of the stiffest urethane I've used. It was a battle to get it out of the tube and onto the surfaces to be sealed. It worked, but I had some sore hands afterwards. Laura, my apoligies for thinking you might have made too much out of the difficulty squeezing the urethane out of the tube. I know better now!

I knew some folks would wonder about my *guns* and figure that, you know, since I'm a girl and all....

Thanks for your tips though - and when it cools a bit, I'll try your technique!
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Old 08-26-2009, 09:01 AM   #19
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The caulking gun, that was pictured by CanoeStream, is one of the only kinds to use, it has compound leverage, and a comfortable handle.
The cheap ones, that are made out of bent sheet metal, with a ratchet mechanism are pretty much useless for any thick/stiff product.
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Old 08-26-2009, 11:15 AM   #20
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The caulking gun, that was pictured by CanoeStream, is one of the only kinds to use, it has compound leverage, and a comfortable handle.
The cheap ones, that are made out of bent sheet metal, with a ratchet mechanism are pretty much useless for any thick/stiff product.
Somewhere in the ethernet should be a primer on all types of caulking applicators (guns). But I am only guessing about that.

Wonder if there are air assisted ones?
I do think there are air ones that work off a compressor supplied air supply. But I am wondering about something with a portable air supply (like a gas cartridge in a paintball gun etc.)

The air compressor ones I have seen (in manufacturing plants) generally feed out of 5 gallon or larger drums. Not from caulk style tubes.
Course I think 5 gallons is only a modest estimate of the gunkum on the roof of my Airstream.
Actually it would be nice to have idea of how many tubes or the amount of gunk total on a 31 footer.
I know we used to have a Vulkum sales rep on the list here. Have not heard much from him lately. (As with many many other key contributors). Has blah blah blah, BS, & boredom killed the golden geese?
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Old 10-07-2009, 07:58 AM   #21
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More thoughts on Vulkem and caulks.

We happen to own a commercial dryer for doing jerky, etc. After about 10 min or so, Vulkem becomes REAL EASY to use. Used it around the joints in our home when we installed Hardy siding. I'm wouldn't put it in a microwave (let's not go there!), but the heat made a world of difference in the way the bead came out. The trick with caulks is that you have to go smoothly and evenly; trying to create a rather small bead that looks nice. All that caulk you see on the outside around vents and seams, etc. (smeared around) is doing NOTHING! You have to get a feel for the flow of the caulk coming out of the tube. . .and then take your time. If you're in a hurry, well. .it will look like it when you're done.

Smearing caulk around outside an object is like using a grease gun from 4 feet away from your truck and hoping the ball-joints get some lubrication from the overspray!
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