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Old 04-09-2012, 05:04 PM   #1
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Eternabond application question

I am going to apply Eternabond Tape on my slideouts this weekend. When I first got the camper, I had noticed a few nail heads were backing up through the tape the factory had used to seal the slideout at the roof seam and wall of the slideout. I put some Proflex RV Sealant on the nail heads just in case it rained while we were using the camper (I have been putting the slideouts in when I am not there until I got the roofs taped with Eternabond). Would it be bad if I laid the Eternabond over the Proflex, or should I remove the Proflex and then lay the Eternabond? I even thought about tapping the nails back down if I removed the Proflex.

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Old 04-09-2012, 06:10 PM   #2
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Great question I look forward to hearing an answer as well.
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:59 PM   #3
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The instructions for Eternabond are pretty clear - don't apply it over anything silicone cuz it just won't stick. As long as the Proflex you have already installed isn't silicone (a Tripolymer formula according to ads on internet), then I would think you'd have no problem with putting the Eternabond over the Proflex/nails. As long as you are satisfied the Proflex isn't silicone, I would install right over what you've already done. I installed the Eternabond on my unit over all of the fairly rough Dicor that was originally laid down - & have had no problems..... Good luck!
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:14 PM   #4
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Per the instructions you should prep the area under the EB Tape with either the spray or can EB Primer. The primer is basically Acetone and you can get a quart of that at Home Depot or Lowes. It is TOXIC and will eat your hands if you use the can. The EB spray is really easy to use.
You can safely store it in the camper to use for emergency repairs and I recommend it. Also keep a small roll of EB tape in the camper, I have already permanently repaired a tree strike hole in the roof (camping trip would have been over before it started) in less than a minute with it.
EB tape can be lapped over EB tape for a long tear easily (must use the primer over the lower tape surface).

Eternabond EternaPrime Spray on Primer

buy your tape there too. Best price I found.
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Old 04-10-2012, 12:18 AM   #5
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Herk, I have already bought the tape and it should be arriving tomorrow. I will not have time to get the spray primer delivered before I was going to the lake to lay the tape on the slide outs. I planned on using lacquer thinner dabbed on a cloth to clean the surfaces before applying. Everything I have read online said this would work fine. Any thoughts?/
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:11 AM   #6
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I would not be using laquer thinner!
If you are in a rush go to the home store and buy the acetone!

Acetone does its job and is GONE in seconds. You could screw up your roof using an aggressive solvent that could melt the roofing material.
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:56 AM   #7
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Ok...Acetone it is. I will get some good PVC gloves to handle the stuff. Thanks!
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You should read this prior to using acetone or any other pertolum based cleaner on your roof.

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That is a very good article.

The acetone is not being used "as a cleaner" but as a surface prep for the EB permanent sealant.

If you are not using the spray, you put the acetone on a rag and gently wipe only the area that will be in contact with the tape. ALWAYS cap the can! A spill would be a disaster.

Highly flammable as well, so no smoking if you are a smoker.
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Herk thanks for the heads up with the Acetone. What type of cleaner would you recommend to prep the area before I lay down the acetone then the Eternabond?
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Obviously EternaClean Roof Cleaner is the answer; however I think we are beyond that.

Roof Leak Repair Products & Sealing Tape | EternaBond®

also has some tips. I see that lacquer thinner is also an approved substitute (sorry if you bought acetone on my recommendation - it was not mentioned in a different article I read).

Rubber Roof Cleaner - Protect All

is what I used the day before I did the EB tape seam sealing. I then used the EB cleaner spray the day of and the EB primer spray right before I put down the tape.

A roller (like a wall paper roller) is really required to make sure your seams get pressed down into the Dicor sealant and the EDPM roof material.

The seams are as tight as the day I put them down.
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Did you put this stuff down as soon as you got the TT new or did you wait until you started to see some cracks?

Is this something I should do on my new trailer as soon as I get it? Does it matter that the roofs they are putting on the trailer now is a vinyl/rubber combo?
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:25 PM   #13
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I put Eternabond on my roof when the camper was quite new. The seam sealant was still very sticky, and to me, that is ideal, as the Eternabond stuck to it like you wouldn't believe!
I also liked the idea of doing it while the factory sealant was fresh, as now it will not dry out and I have two good moisture barriers. The chances of getting a leak are about as close to zero as I could imagine.
I see no reason to wait!
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:32 PM   #14
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On the web site there were several types of Eternabond tape. Which type do I get?
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:50 PM   #15
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I bought a six inch wide "seam kit" and a roll of 2 inch wide tape.

The seam kit had enough for my front cap and rear seams.
The 2 inch roll had enough to do all the vents; skylight; roof antenna; pipe vents; basically everything except the air conditioner (it has its own foam seal).

I used a large off cut of the 6 inch seam tape to put under my antenna.
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Do you think that if you put this on a new TT it would void the warrenty ,or at least give them a reason to deny a claim if the sealent failed. I know they look for any reason to deny a claim seeing the tape on a new TT might throw up a red flag.
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OK, the short answer is that it would most likely void your roof "warranty."

However,

The roof warranty has NOTHING to do with leaks. That is all you.
The roof warranty is for defects in the MATERIAL of the roof.
It is provided by the manufacturer of the material; not FR.

FR has a 1 year (extend-able to 2) warranty on their workmanship installing the roof material and they certify it did not leak when they tested it at the factory. Now it is up to YOU to prove they did a bad job if your roof leaks. Once you drive it off the dealer's lot, everything that happens to the roof is "your fault for not maintaining it like the manual says and documenting it with the dealer that you did that maintenance."

I posted that manual in the FAQ just a minute ago. You are required to perform maintenance on the roof every 6 months (page 69)
That roof maintenance was 200 bucks at my so called "dealer".
It consisted of a 300 pound dude and a Dicor gun walking around squirting it in big ugly blobs all over the roof.

your call...
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I do not think it would void the warranty. Wouldn't it be considered roof maintenance? You are only trying to make sure the seams are sealed and won't have water intrusion. IT would be the same as squirting caulk all over, just the tape does a better job. If you add caulking to your seams, that does not void the warranty, so not sure how or why the tape would. I will ask my dealer though, is a worthwhile question.

Another question for you guys. I noticed that the seams on my roof that go around the perimeter are not on the top of the roof like my previous TT. It seems that FR is taking the vinyl roof and bringing it over the edge of the TT. Would this be harder to tape and not sure about the look of it and room for the tape since I have the drip rail and all. I should get my TT in 2 weeks and I will take pics for you. Maybe that will help determine what I need to do.
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I didn't Eternabond the sides of the roof for the reasons you mention.
But I would hope that the roof material is lapped OVER the sidewalls, and then caulked and sealed with the drip rail trim, in which case a leak there would be highly unlikely. But if I am relying on "hoping" the factory did the right thing, I might be fooling myself!
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Yes you would think they lapped it and the drip rail trim would hold it even more secure. I would also think that it helps that no "standing water" will ever be on it like it would if the seams were on the roof.

If anyone else has a TT with this type of roof with seams on the side, give me your experience. Knowledge needed.
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