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Old 03-21-2013, 07:38 PM   #261
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Yes I've used it, but only on helicopters. It is the standard aircraft sealant. Once you apply it and it cures, it isn't coming off. There are hundreds of formulas. It can be had in paintable/sprayable formulations. It has a shelf life and when it is expired, it gets disposed of.
Still plenty good for an Airstream.
Kip uses it on his GT.

You can always thin 3M 540 polyurethane with mineral spirits and brush it on and save about $900.
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Yeah well Kip has all the good stuff! I'm unlikely to run into expired aircraft sealant

Ya got something against good old Tempro?
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:30 PM   #263
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Nothing against TremPro at all. 116, 626, 635 or any of the others. They all work well. I buy in cases now and the 3M 540 is a better product, in my opinion, for the same price. I prefer the metal tube and the removable tip. The 3M store ships for free on purchases over $100.
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:41 PM   #264
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Nothing against TremPro at all. 116, 626, 635 or any of the others. They all work well. I buy in cases now and the 3M 540 is a better product, in my opinion, for the same price. I prefer the metal tube and the removable tip. The 3M store ships for free on purchases over $100.
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What is it you like about the 3m product?
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:59 PM   #265
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Well, I'm partial to 3M products in general. I do think the metal tube (It's aluminum) of 3M is far better than the cardboard of Some Other Brands. It stands up better to UV than TremPro 635 and Sikaflex 221. I use the 3M 740 Hybrid sealant for the roof areas as it has better UV protection.
You can get the 3M 540 at Fastenal, but they sell it for twice the price of TremPro 635.
It smells better than TremPro too!
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:17 PM   #266
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Thank you, that's what needed to hear, I'll have to try some out.
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Thanks Top! I'm all about the better prodect, price be damned!
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Old 03-22-2013, 09:39 PM   #268
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Ok....now things are just too bazaar! Our greenhouse business grew out of my love for gardening! Now, though, I spend more of my free time working on AS's than I do gardening in my own yard. We just pruned our peach trees & asian pear. We have deer issues here too. Last year, our fruit trees hardly had any fruit because they blossomed early (remember how warm it was last year? what happened!) and then lost most of the blossoms from frost later in the spring. I went out to pick the few peaches that made it, and the deer at every last one! Even the ones off the ground! We have a love/hate relationship! Now, if you tell me you have two sisters & two brothers, I'll really think we live parallel lives!
Hahaha I actually would have had two sisters and two brothers but my elder sister passed away from SIDS before I was born. Starting to be really freaky tho!! We both have Colin in common too, right?

I need a Bambi 2 obviously .
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:29 AM   #269
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Well, to me, that means you come from a family of 5 kids. Sorry for your mom & dad's loss of a baby. I can't even imagine.... As far as Colin....I did order axles from him, but we did all the work ourselves. I didn't have to go bribing him with cookies or anything And you never know when a Bambi II will fall in your lap! I always said I wanted to redo a Bambi, but I never imagined it would be the extent of a redo that I redid! Your project will keep you busy for a long time. My husband was always bugging me about "when are you going to be finished?" And I always say "A hobby is never finished". He wanted me to ask you if you have a "studly" husband like I do. That would be another thing in common (he's such a dork!)
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Happy Birthday sis! Now keep working on that trailer!!
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:55 AM   #271
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Yeah well Kip has all the good stuff! I'm unlikely to run into expired aircraft sealant

Ya got something against good old Tempro?
Kip doesn't have time, I've only been home approx. 10 days since mid January. Leaving again in two weeks

I can say without bragging that my GT does not leak, anywhere.
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:24 PM   #273
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Happy Birthday, Shelly!
Will we see you again at the Vintage Trailer Academy?
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Thanks all for the birthday wishes.

Eileen and Ed - I so wanted to come back this year. Unfortunately the change in the dates didn't work for us. Maybe next year, I'm sure I'll still have work to do!

My birthday was an awesome day! My daughter and I went to a bunch of antique/consignment stores and what do I find but this......

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Yep, a 1950's Walter of Wabash formica table!!!! Gold sparkles no less! What an awesome find and a steal ! The legs slide out to support the sides.

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Kip doesn't have time, I've only been home approx. 10 days since mid January. Leaving again in two weeks

I can say without bragging that my GT does not leak, anywhere.
It doesn't leak....yet! Actually I doubt yours ever will.

Sucks to have all those fancy tools and have no time to use them Can't you convince your wife to use them?
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It doesn't leak....yet! Actually I doubt yours ever will.

Sucks to have all those fancy tools and have no time to use them Can't you convince your wife to use them?
My wife loved bucking rivets with me. At first she was manning the bucking bar, but she got bored with that pretty quickly so we switched. Now I never get to run the rivet gun. Ah well, the price I pay for free help.

She also really enjoys polishing aluminum and sanding wood, but only with the power tools. Anything that needs to be done by hand, is up to me.

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The baddest part of this cold is when the newspapers give us a blow-by-blow of how warm it was "last year on this date". I really didn't need to know that it was 80 degrees last Sunday a year ago, and now it's 10 degrees!
We found our leaks by giving the trailer a good wash, and then Chris sitting in the trailer and me outside with a hose giving it a good soaking, spraying up into the areas we suspected. Chris marked them with a marker on the inside, then. Of course, it would help if the water were liquid.....

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Last year my daffodils were already up! Today I put plastic sheeting on the floor , sealed and taped to the trailer on all sides. I KNOW I have leaks and as I remove the tar like stuff I suspect I'm going to have even more. Also sliced my finger open on an aluminum edge. Not a happy camper tonite. More snow in the forecast, probably because I took down my wooden supports, sigh. Water that's liquid? Haven't seen that in a while !
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Shelly,

I wanted to share about that black goo you said you have on the inside of your skins.................I just realized we have some of that too. Ours looks like some blackjack (DH thought) or tarish something (I thought) which was used when repairs were made years and years ago -- we think she was in a wreck or two and they used the black goo to seal with. We'll know more when we get all of the interior skins off. I was pleased to reread that you said CitriStrip will take it off, and easily!

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Nah, it probably was original. Airstream used it to seal seams and attach the fiberglass. Some of us just have more of it than others! . I've tried a bunch of solvents on it, should have reached for the Citrastrip earlier!

PS. It dissolves pretty readily but I wouldn't call it easy, and it is extremely messy. I cleaned up what little I did and washed it all down, then I closed up the trailer, walked outside and noticed the outside seams had black rivulets running down the sides of the trailer. Citrastrip took it of easily but it's not going to be a fun job.
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