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Old 12-21-2015, 10:15 AM   #1
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Tested various sealants - FYI

After reading lots of posts about the various products, decided to purchase a selection and test for myself. Project is replacing a couple of clearance lights on my 09 25 FB International.
Here's what I bought:
Sikaflex-221, Parbond, Trempro 635, ACRYL-R in 12 oz can with applicator, Aluminum Pigmented Gutterseal by Ply Gem Industries. Goal was to look at appearance, adhesion, dry time and overall toughness. I applied samples to a piece of aluminum on Dec 17. It is now Dec 21. Material is in a climate controlled area with average temp of 65 F.
Results:
Sikaflex-221 - Nice gray look, pulled cleanly away from aluminum without much effort (not sure if this is good), 24 hours was well cured, toughest product.
Trempro 635 - Nice gray and slightly shinier than Sikaflex, more difficult to pull away from aluminum and left residue, 24 well cured, slightly less tough than Sikaflex.
Parbond - Better aluminum look and easier to apply a tiny bead, clean removal from aluminum, 24 hrs well cured, tough.
Aluminum Gutter Seal - Nice aluminum color, makes a nice bead out of tube but self leveled out a bit more than I wanted, adheres well to aluminum, 24 hour cure, not as tough as Parbond.
ACRYL-R - Nice aluminum color, I didn't try applicator nozzle but placed a blob on aluminum. It self leveled to a degree. Very much adheres to aluminum and will be extremely difficult to remove. After 4 days material still may not be totally cured. At this point I can still move the blob around a bit with my fingernail.
Conclusions for me:
Either Sikaflex or Tempro for through the body sealing (wiring, screw holes, etc.). Parbond for appearance around light fixtures possibly.

Any feedback will always be appreciated
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Old 12-21-2015, 11:05 AM   #2
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I've used Parbond around lights. Works well for than, maybe due to it being dispensed from a tube.

Surprised the Sikaflex 221 pulls away easily. I was planning on using that on my roof vents this spring. I guess as long as it seals well, stands up to the elements and lasts a long time, easy removal is a good thing.

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Old 12-21-2015, 11:29 AM   #3
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I used Acryl-R to seal all seams on our 29' Ambassador. It does take a while to skin over but I think this will help keep the seal in place. I also like the way a bead shrinks in width as it drys.

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Old 12-21-2015, 12:28 PM   #4
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Acryl-R is my favorite for small seams - seems to stay flexible for years - workable if your quick.
Sikaflex - This product seems more workable than Trempro. Both seem to last about the same.
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Old 12-21-2015, 06:15 PM   #5
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I like the Acryl-R for seam sealing. The "self leveling" helps the applied material wick into seams.

Jackson Center service techs were using Acryl-R when I was there for some major repairs. So I bought a can of it at their store in the waiting area.

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Old 12-21-2015, 06:40 PM   #6
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Did you clean the aluminum first? I also believe there may be a primer for Sikaflex. I would have to check on that one. The Sikaflex and the Trempro are very similar in chemical makeup.

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Old 12-21-2015, 07:46 PM   #7
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If you cleaned the aluminum surface prior to application (which is a MUST) and used any type of cleaning agent that contains any type of alcohol, then you have compromised the bonding properties of the SikaFlex.

I've been using it non-stop for 15 years and have NEVER been able to pull it from any aluminum surface when properly prepped. It doesn't even scrape well when cured.
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After reading lots of posts about the various products, decided to purchase a selection and test for myself. Project is replacing a couple of clearance lights on my 09 25 FB International.
Here's what I bought:
Sikaflex-221, Parbond, Trempro 635, ACRYL-R in 12 oz can with applicator, Aluminum Pigmented Gutterseal by Ply Gem Industries. Goal was to look at appearance, adhesion, dry time and overall toughness. I applied samples to a piece of aluminum on Dec 17. It is now Dec 21. Material is in a climate controlled area with average temp of 65 F. ......

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Did you make your tests on aluminum or clear coated aluminum?
You will get completely different results on Clear coats, I.e. Vulkem 116 sticks like thunder to raw aluminum , but can be peeled of after drying from clear coated surfaces.
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Old 12-22-2015, 05:14 PM   #9
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If you cleaned the aluminum surface prior to application (which is a MUST) and used any type of cleaning agent that contains any type of alcohol, then you have compromised the bonding properties of the SikaFlex.

I've been using it non-stop for 15 years and have NEVER been able to pull it from any aluminum surface when properly prepped. It doesn't even scrape well when cured.
What do you use to clean the aluminum.
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What do you use to clean the aluminum.
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Carburetor cleaner or mineral spirits. I prefer the carb cleaner.
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Old 12-23-2015, 12:02 PM   #11
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Many responses appreciated.

Thanks a bunch everyone. This is what I was after in originally post. I've learned a lot already.
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Old 12-23-2015, 04:47 PM   #12
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After reading lots of posts about the various products, decided to purchase a selection and test for myself. Project is replacing a couple of clearance lights on my 09 25 FB International.
Here's what I bought:
Sikaflex-221, Parbond, Trempro 635, ACRYL-R in 12 oz can with applicator, Aluminum Pigmented Gutterseal by Ply Gem Industries. Goal was to look at appearance, adhesion, dry time and overall toughness. I applied samples to a piece of aluminum on Dec 17. It is now Dec 21. Material is in a climate controlled area with average temp of 65 F.
Results:
Sikaflex-221 - Nice gray look, pulled cleanly away from aluminum without much effort (not sure if this is good), 24 hours was well cured, toughest product.
Trempro 635 - Nice gray and slightly shinier than Sikaflex, more difficult to pull away from aluminum and left residue, 24 well cured, slightly less tough than Sikaflex.
Parbond - Better aluminum look and easier to apply a tiny bead, clean removal from aluminum, 24 hrs well cured, tough.
Aluminum Gutter Seal - Nice aluminum color, makes a nice bead out of tube but self leveled out a bit more than I wanted, adheres well to aluminum, 24 hour cure, not as tough as Parbond.
ACRYL-R - Nice aluminum color, I didn't try applicator nozzle but placed a blob on aluminum. It self leveled to a degree. Very much adheres to aluminum and will be extremely difficult to remove. After 4 days material still may not be totally cured. At this point I can still move the blob around a bit with my fingernail.
Conclusions for me:
Either Sikaflex or Tempro for through the body sealing (wiring, screw holes, etc.). Parbond for appearance around light fixtures possibly.

Any feedback will always be appreciated
Very helpful info, thanks!

Is there any difference between the ACRYL-R that you used and the ACRYL-R sealant caulk in a tube? (Amazon.com: RV Motorhome Joint Sealant Acryl-R Caulk, 10.3 oz, Aluminum: Home Improvement) I don't know whether I could get a consistent application with a brush.
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Old 12-24-2015, 09:38 PM   #13
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Sealant

Try vulkem polyurethane caulk and see lf you like it .You don't want a sealant that pulls away from the surface with out major effort. Would not work in areas where it needs to flow in.
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how about brake cleaner the Non-Chlorinated type. Is this the same as carb cleaner. when using mineral spirits you just wipe down the area you are working on an let dry pretty much??

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Carburetor cleaner or mineral spirits. I prefer the carb cleaner.
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Should work. Just be sure you don't use alcohol around polyurethane sealants.


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