Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-29-2013, 02:10 PM   #1
1 Rivet Member
1964 22' Safari
Jupiter , Florida
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 10
Silicone or not to silicone

I purchased marine silicone to reseal leaking vents and what ever else i find thats leaking....I am reading here on the forums that silicone is bad for aluminum. I did not open anything yet...what is Vulcum sealer
michele19 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2013, 02:25 PM   #2
Rivet Master
InsideOut's Avatar

1956 22' Safari
2015 27' Flying Cloud
Vintage Kin Owner
Conifer/Evergreen , Colorado
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 12,699
Images: 108
Don't use silicone or as I call it..."%#$@*! silicone". We had tons of it on our trailer when we got it and it's a PITA to remove.

It etchs the aluminum, doesn't "stay stuck" (which it what it's supposed to do in order to fix leaks!) and it leaves a nasty film when you try to remove it so nothing else will stick right without major effort to remove every last trace of the silicone.

Use Vulkem (now called Trempro) for large gaps &/or seams and Parbond for smaller ones. Both can be obtained at Vintage Trailer Supply or other places locally, but VTS ships fast & there's no running around.

Vintage Airstream Club - Past President 2007/2008
WBCCI #1824 - DenCO Unit Past President (2005)
AIR #30 - Join Date: 2-25-2002

RMVAC | ACI - CO Unit (Formerly WBCCI) | BIRDY - our 1956 Safari | 1964 Serro Scotty
InsideOut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2013, 03:37 PM   #3
Rivet Master
1974 Argosy 20
2014 20' Flying Cloud
Kooskia , Idaho
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 4,591
No silicone, no, no, no, none! Please, for your own sake and any one who becomes a subsequent owner of your Airstream, no silicone. The post above tells why, and gives the proper alternatives.
idroba is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:57 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.