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Proper Way To Repair Caulk?

#16 User is offline   CamperAndy 

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Posted 07 March 2007 - 06:37 AM

View PostMgonzo2u, on Mar 7 2007, 03:27 AM, said:

View Postcountrygirl, on Mar 5 2007, 04:38 AM, said:

How do you get the old caulk off? What brand of caulk do you use on the sides around the lights and windows?


How do you get the caulk off is the first and foremost question needing a good answer. Then of course, what brand do you use to replace the old is a must have.

Anyone?

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The roof is easy, Hot soapy water with a soft brush to clean and Dicor self leveling caulk as the sealant. If it is really thick or been patched a couple of time use a plastic scraper to remove the bulk but do not attempt to get it down all the way to the rubber roof.

The side lights are a different matter. Silicone caulk was used and it is a bugger to remove or even clean up. For these locations I prefer to use a 100% latex Caulk but it will require regular attention. If you just want to patch a thin spot on the existing caulk you can clean it again with hot soapy water and then use a thin spread of 100% clear silicone caulk.

The Windows and doors are sealed with Butyl tape and should not be caulked. If they are leaking the window or door should be removed and the old Butyl removed and a fresh seam laid down and the door or window re installed.
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Posted 07 March 2007 - 11:15 AM

Thank you sir for your thoroughness.
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Posted 07 March 2007 - 11:37 AM

I pretty much agree with Andy, be real careful removing the Dicor on the roof. As far as around the lights I would also put some new putty tape under the light fixtures then seal with silicon. It seems like they use to do it this way years ago with minimal problems but to save a buck and time they cut back on this step. Kirk
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Posted 17 December 2007 - 04:41 PM

Got up on the OB roof Saturday to do some cracked (sealant) seam maintenance for the first time in about 3 1/3 years of owning the OB. There was work to be done but it wasn't bad, purely a pre-maintenance issue.

I thoroughly cleaned and dried the affected areas with plain water and a towel (while not removing any existing caulk). I let the nice sunny day do its thing to dry those areas even further and then I applied some Dicor Self Leveling Rubber Roof Sealant and it was a done deal.

Not fun stuff but stuff that needs to be done.

Get up there and check your seams folks. Time spent doing pre-maintenance will save you big $$$ down the road.
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Posted 18 December 2007 - 12:07 PM

what is dicor caulk is it a brand or a certain type of caulking?
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Posted 18 December 2007 - 01:29 PM

View Postbcdude, on Dec 18 2007, 12:07 PM, said:

what is dicor caulk is it a brand or a certain type of caulking?

This is what it looks like:

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I buy it at my local RV dealer.

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