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Old 05-26-2018, 08:38 AM   #1
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Age showing. Around windows and doors: How to fix this?

Our Mini is 5 years old this month. Her age is showing around windows and door. The caulk has been slowly spreading out and is now in need of repair. My first thought would be to clean it up and use silicone caulk to seal it. However I have read several times on this forum that silicone and campers don't mix. That might just be on the roof and when matching up to Eternabond and Dicor. What I see there looks like Dicor just old and dried up.

I have used Silicone caulk on many projects over the years and like working with it. Dicor is harder to get a good looking bead and takes forever to cure. I want to wash and wax as soon as I can.

What to do?
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They have Dicor for different areas to use on an RV. Nothing for a house is acceptable! Sorry!
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Old 05-26-2018, 09:05 AM   #3
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You'll be cursing life if you use Silicone.

Don't.

Pro-flex is what I would recommend.
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They have Dicor for different areas to use on an RV. Nothing for a house is acceptable! Sorry!
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You'll be cursing life if you use Silicone.
Don't.
Pro-flex is what I would recommend.
That's what I figured. Thanks all. Now if it would just stop raining!
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Old 05-26-2018, 12:19 PM   #5
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I got a tube of caulk from the RV dealer(forget the name...just ask)and what i do is ..i use painters tape and tape on both sides of where you placing the caulk about 1/8 in... i put the caulk on and spread it with my finger.... and pull the tape off an it gives you a professional look.....probably it would be good to practice on something b4 you tackle the coach.....good luck
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I got a tube of caulk from the RV dealer(forget the name...just ask)and what i do is ..i use painters tape and tape on both sides of where you placing the caulk about 1/8 in... i put the caulk on and spread it with my finger.... and pull the tape off an it gives you a professional look.....probably it would be good to practice on something b4 you tackle the coach.....good luck
Excellent advice. Some of the newer caulks are starting to spread and clean up much easier. Keeping it in bounds helps.

Also, new caulk over old never looks good. I would use a product like Goo Gone to dissolve the old caulk. It makes for a much nicer new look. Just have to make sure the neighbor isn't doing a rain dance. You need enough time to dissolve the caulk, clean the area, then re-caulk.
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x2 on sunnyinfla's recommendation to use tape. It really makes a good finish.

Just be sure to follow the procedure sunnyinfla recommends: Clean; apply tape; caulk; smooth caulk with finger; remove tape immediately while caulk is freshly applied.
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use a plastic putty knife and remove all possible old caulk. Clean with paint thinner or some kind of light solvent. Then tape and use a wet finger to spread.
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A wet finger really helps your finger slide do not use too much pressure and DO NOT use your mouth to wet your finger I DID BAD EXPERANCE
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Old 05-26-2018, 02:44 PM   #10
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One thing I did with my 10 year old FW was to buy in bulk and replace all the rubber parts (seals) around the windows. These get hard and discolored over time. It sure made the unit look better along with a new seal for each window. If you are not sure of the type of seal to use some of the online suppliers can send you samples of the different types so you can match it to the type you have on you unit.


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