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Old 04-23-2012, 08:20 PM   #1
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Ugly roof caulking

He prior owner of my 2004 had all the roof seams caulked while at a campsite. It looks bad and I don't think it was necessary. Is this something that is routinely done? Can I remove it?
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:56 PM   #2
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what kind of sealer was used?
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:00 PM   #3
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What kind of caulk are you supposed to use on the roof? I am going to have to caulk my roof soon.

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Old 04-23-2012, 09:03 PM   #4
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I'm not familiar with the different brands, but it is a heavy layer of a tan colored caulking. They even caulked where the awning attaches. I wanted to remove it, but looking at some other threads, it seems like other owners also have a lot of caulking on their roofs. It that the norm?
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:07 PM   #5
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A 2004 what?
If it is aluminum, you should never, ever use caulk on it.
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:21 PM   #6
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:29 PM   #7
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If I remove it, do I put anything in it's place?
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:12 PM   #8
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Ok, you can tell I'm a newbie. Sorry, not caulk, but what sealer should I use to seal the things on my roof. Thanks for your help.

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Old 04-24-2012, 03:01 PM   #9
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Usually you want to use Trempro-635 for areas where there is much of a gap or where you have to cover large areas. Parbond is good for around windows and it is thin and if applied correctly it won't look bad. Everything should be sealed because Airstreams tend to have leaks, yes even the new ones. Another place for leaks is where the bumper plate meets the rear of the trailer. You need to get all the old stuff off which will be a challenge to not damage the clear coat. In really gummed up areas paint stripper works well but it will take the clear coat with it. There are caulk remover attachments for drills with little plastic wings what are supposed to do minimal damage to the metal underneath. Post some photos so we can see what you are up against.

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Old 04-24-2012, 03:26 PM   #10
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I used Sikaflex 721 UV on the skylight, tv and radio antenna, Fantastic vents.


Loctite PL polyurethane roofing/flashing on the black tank vent.


And Acryl-r on the narrow gap panel seams, rivets, tail lamp bezels etc.



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Old 04-24-2012, 04:47 PM   #11
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I just used a tube of Sikaflex 505UV (in white) on my roof. I read elsewhere here on the forums that it has replaced the 721UV. The 505UV is good stuff. I also noticed the factory store is not selling the 721UV any longer, but they are selling something called ADSEAL. Russ
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:36 PM   #12
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I LOVE all this info. GREAT! I have had no leaks, as of yet, so how do I know when it's time to reseal? Do I remove the old seal around the things on the roof?

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I LOVE all this info. GREAT! I have had no leaks, as of yet, so how do I know when it's time to reseal? Do I remove the old seal around the things on the roof?

kelly
This is one way to tell...how it came from the Factory.

I have removed the old sealant and cleaned with mineral spirits and WW tire cleaner. Scrape with plastic and wooden paint stirrers.

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My 2011, just a year old - is in for some resealing due to a new, very, very but still small, drippy leak... ;-/
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