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Old 12-08-2010, 07:38 AM   #1
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Subject - The big curved windows on my Argosy. The caulking or sealant on the inside and outside where the windows are inserted into the frame has become rotted from the sun. I need very clear advise on how to remove the old and what to use to replace it with.

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Old 12-08-2010, 08:38 AM   #2
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Subject - The big curved windows on my Argosy. The caulking or sealant on the inside and outside where the windows are inserted into the frame has become rotted from the sun. I need very clear advise on how to remove the old and what to use to replace it with.

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Sally.

Carefully, remove the remainder of the gasket with a razor blade.

Then, again carefully, apply a small bead of a gray colored sealer, such as Par-bond or Vulkem, in the glass to metal seam.

That will take care of the issue.

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Old 12-09-2010, 06:14 AM   #3
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Thanks Andy. I'll probably loose a few nights sleep worrying about my ability to do this project. = ) But like most projects so far I've surprised myself and managed to fumble through them. Since it's a painted Argosy, something other than grey might be a better choice?
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Old 12-11-2010, 06:55 AM   #4
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Removing that stuff as suggested is like chiseling rock with a razor blade. It's not working very well. A jack hammer would work better, but I'm afraid I'd break the window. = )
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Removing that stuff as suggested is like chiseling rock with a razor blade. It's not working very well. A jack hammer would work better, but I'm afraid I'd break the window. = )
Hi Sally;
I have done that on my 1973 Argosy and it is a tough job. First we used a carpet knife to break the hard surface up. [knife with a hook blade]. We bent a very narrow straight blade screwdriver into a hook form with the blade facing across, which allowed us to scape out the rest of the stuff down to about 1/4" deep. Thanks, "Boatdoc"
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We have a neighbor who is a dealer for Sikaflex - he gave us several tubes of their "Desert Tan" colored product for us to use sealing our seams. We won't be able to give it a try until the weather improves here in Oregon, but it looks like it will be a closer match to the paint than the darker colored products.

Good luck with your project!
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Old 12-12-2010, 06:27 AM   #7
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Thanks Sean and boatdoc,
I'll try the carpet knife, and I'll look for the Desert Tan sikaflex.
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I dont think I can add anything to removing the material but as for the caulking material........if you can find a commercial construction supply you can get vulkem, sonoborne and sikaflex in many different colors, but watch out for old stock......and use WD 40 for clean up......good luck
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I was at an RV Parts store yesterday and they had a clear colored Parbond. I'd try that on your windows.
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Thanks oleschool and mello mike. So many options!!
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Hi All,

I'm looking at doing something similar as a number of my windows (2004 International) have this sealant getting loose between the pane and the glass.

Mine seems more like a rubbery material. Would this be a good spot for Par Bond or Vulkem / Sikaflex also? It seems like such a narrow slit that it would be hard to caulk into.

Here's a picture of what I'm referring to, if I can figure out how to upload it the first try. Sally, I'm wondering if your window caulk looks similar?

PS: Andy, thank you so much for your knowledge on these forums! I've read a ton of your posts which have been really helpful for me on the projects I've done so far.

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Caulk

Trying to caulk a narrow opening is not a problem. Use painters tape to protect the area not to be caulked, and the force the caulk into the norrow opening with a putty knife, (old credit card, or piece of vinyl sheet, etc).
After it sets for a few moments and you are happy that it needs no more work, pull the tape off at greater than 110 degree angle. The job is done!

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Hi All,

I'm looking at doing something similar as a number of my windows (2004 International) have this sealant getting loose between the pane and the glass.

Mine seems more like a rubbery material. Would this be a good spot for Par Bond or Vulkem / Sikaflex also? It seems like such a narrow slit that it would be hard to caulk into.

Here's a picture of what I'm referring to, if I can figure out how to upload it the first try. Sally, I'm wondering if your window caulk looks similar?

PS: Andy, thank you so much for your knowledge on these forums! I've read a ton of your posts which have been really helpful for me on the projects I've done so far.

Ciao!
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Clean the glass to metal area.

Cut a small hole in the end of a tube of Vulkem sealer.

If you do it carefully, no taping is necessary, but make sure the sealer completely covers the gray gasket.

Or, you can use Sikoflex, which is smoother.

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