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Old 03-15-2004, 06:00 PM   #21
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One of those "How do you do it" questions. How do you all keep a tube of vulkem "fresh", when you have just used a little bit of it?How do you seal it? I really appreciate all the help you guys are always so willing to give. Thanks!

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Old 03-15-2004, 06:03 PM   #22
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I wrap it in saran tightly after plugging the tip and toss it in the back of the refer. It will keep for months. Just remember to let it warm up before you try to use it
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Old 03-15-2004, 06:25 PM   #23
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The instructions I received with my fantastic fan said to use silicone - which I did. Then I read on this forum that silicone should not be used on aluminum.
At the Florida Airstream Rally I talked with a representative of fantastic fan about the differences of opinion and asked what they use when installing the vents in airstreams. I was told that they use a different product (I can't remember the name but one of the words in in was "leveling") They offered to sell me a tube but also assured me that while the silicone may not last as long as what they use that it would last for a long time, and they would not recommend reinstalling the vent. The good thing about silicone is that you can scrape it off. I haven't found anything yet that will remove vulkem.

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Old 03-15-2004, 06:40 PM   #24
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On the contrary, fully cured silicone is virtually impossible to remove from aluminum. It has the curious property of adhering tenaciously, and yet not sealing out water. Even when you think you have it all off, there is often the thinnest of films left behind.

The caulk referred to as "self leveling" was likely Flow Seal, by Dyco. Boy does it flow. I had it flow through the mandrel of standard (not Olympic) rivets, and out the bottom!

Vulkem can be removed, but it is tedius. You remove all you can mechanically (scraper, beveled edge craft sticks, whatever), and then use mineral spirits to soften and remove the rest.

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Old 03-15-2004, 06:55 PM   #25
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I heat a brass scraper with an alcohol lamp and the hot scraper removes vulkem like soft butter. Mineral spirits clean up.
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Old 03-15-2004, 09:17 PM   #26
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Originally posted by Dabler
For what it's worth, I spotted the following on another website.

We use and sell Vulkem 616/631 sealant, only. We have it available in both gray and black. We do not recommend any other sealant for the exterior shell other than Parr Bond, or Sikoflex.
SOURCE: Airstream Service and Parts Department
And here's a link for more information:
Duane Abler

It may be well to note that either the above info is incorrect or that Airstream Inc has changed their advice since Duane posted in 2002. The Vulkem that is recommended and sold by the Airstream Factory Store is now Vulkem 636. It is actually now labeled as Trempro Vulkem 636 made by Tremco.

I have used Vulkem 116 (it is the most readily available and the least expensive 2.95 per tube in Houston) It is thick and coarse and grainy. This is to replicate the texture and look of mortar. The product is used alot by the masonry repair industry. Good as a wide gap filler especially on roof around vents etc.
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