Hi All! I recently purchased a beautiful 66 Tradewinds that I am digging into! One of my first projects is to get this old girl sealed up before our Pacific Northwest Monsoons strike!
Right now the trailer is fairly leak free, and I'm hoping to keep it that way. The trailer came from a warmer and drier climate so she needs some protection quickly. I also plan on installing a Fantastic Fan while I'm up top.
After exploring the various solutions for roof work, I decided to go with some scaffolding, as I figure I'm going to be working on this for at least a week to get it all done, and frankly, I'm kind of a klutz. I have never caulked anything in my life, but a kind fellow in the paint dept of HD gave me my first lesson in how to use a caulking gun!
The first pic is of my giant scaffolding erection! The neighbors are scratching their heads as they walk by, wondering what the heck I'm up to!
I started work today and have a couple questions for the experts out there.
First, I read here on various threads that Methyl Hydrade (basically pure alcohol) is good for removing excess caulk. It is working VERY well, but I did notice a bit running down the side of the trailer and want to make sure that it won't damage the aluminum?
I started near the front (just behind the endcap) and started with cleaning and removing old sealant from the seams. I used Auto Degreaser and a plastic scraper and it worked fantastically.
I used the grey Trempro , ordered from VTC and it was great. At first I attempted to do a 1/4 " narrow bead along the seam but I definitely over applied and ended up with a 1 inch strip after it was all said and done. I wasn't too worried about it looking beautiful, as no one will ever see the roof and I figure with the epic amount of rain we get here, and the fact that I don't think this trailer has been resealed in 46 years - more IS better on the roof.
I also resealed a cheap plastic vent at the front that I plan on replacing next year. There were a couple different applications of mystery sealants that were quite aged, so after cleaning, I decided it might be a good idea to seal it up to make sure it stays leak free til I replace it.
The in a moment of insanity or brilliance ( I leave that for you to decide!) I decided to seal the rivets on the roof. They all looked as though they are holding but I thought... might be a good idea? Can't hurt? I am now questioning this choice... Has anyone else here sealed roof rivets?
The second picture is of the finished section.
In retrospect I wish I had used some painters tape to get a clean line and plan to do that with the rest of the roof. I also wished I had cut the hole on the tube MUCH smaller AND at an angle!
What is a good way to store an open tube of Trempro?
I was wondering if any one has tips for getting a REALLY THIN caulk line?
Once I get to the sides and visible areas of the roof, I really want it to look good!
Going to soak my sore muscles now! I have to say Im so glad I decided to go with scaffolding for this project. I scored a couple foam mats from HD for the platform that made my work area fairly comfortable, but I still did some pretty wild contortions today!
The third picture is my dog Max - he wants me to get down and come throw the ball for him!
Thanks for your advice and critiques of my first day of caulking! It can only get better!