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Old 11-24-2018, 10:33 AM   #1
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WHY seal new panel seams and rivets from outside?

I started replacing panels today on my Clipper. I sealed all seams and rivets with Trempro 635. What a mess! I am wondering if it's really necessary to seal the outside when the interior is gutted? I plan to seal everything from the inside with Flex seal spray.

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Old 11-24-2018, 10:41 AM   #2
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Closed/small space seams= the 'Creeping Captain' 😂👍
No mess. 😉

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Old 11-24-2018, 01:20 PM   #3
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Thank you Bob, I will try that.

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Old 11-26-2018, 09:19 AM   #4
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Sealing between the seams is the absolute best way to keep the wet out. This is called a faying surface seal. Sealing only the inside is called a fillet seal and will not keep the moisture out of the seam itself. Fillet sealing is what Airstream does during production, and you can read about hundreds of dissatisfied owners with leak problems. If you use to much sealant you will have a huge mess. There is no need to put sealent on each rivet if you just put a bead on the seam next to the rivet holes.
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Thank you Aerowood. That makes sense
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Flex seal is TV junk. Find a better product.
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Hello, very few people would list "sealing seams" as a fun thing to do, but I picked up advice years ago that considerably reduces the pain.

When cutting the top of the caulk tube open, make the cut small... you can always enlarge it a little at a time. Before you stert on the trailer, do a little practice caulking on scrap aluminum or whatever. Organize everything you might need first. Have a safe place to set the caulk gun down, and for rags, hand cleaning, tools, etc. PUT DOWN BLUE PAINTERS TAPE ON EITHER SIDE OF YOUR CAULK LINE. Caulk without panicing about every little bump or void, then go over quickly with a shaper tool or finger dipped in thinner, then carefully pull the tape before the caulk completely sets.

Store leftover caulk in the freezer for longer life.
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