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Old 07-18-2015, 07:46 PM   #1
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Going to do my first recaulking of my 2014 Palomino and want to get it right so where do I use self-leveling and non-leveling lap sealant?
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Old 07-18-2015, 07:54 PM   #2
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Wipe down the old caulk with mineral spirits, be careful to not get any on the rubber roof. This will clean the old caulk so the new adheres better. Self leveling for flat areas (mostly of what you need) non-self leveling of you need to come down the sides. Don't skimp with the caulk, ugly and overkill is the sign of a well kept roof.
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Thanks I just washed the roof real good and letting it dry then I'm going to caulk everything
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Old 07-25-2015, 11:57 AM   #6
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Ruger77.....
Washing the roof (with the correct products) is always a good start and using the correct protection product for the roof will prolong the life of the roof as well.

" lgray " ... is correct about " Don't skimp with the caulk"


- For what it is worth -
However, a very experienced RV teck advised me when it comes to caulking the best prep to clean prior re-caulking would be to use white gas (camping gas).
If used on the roof areas: ONLY ON The Caulking if use on the roof. Do Not Get it on the Rubber Roof .
It evaporates quickly, effectively cleans the back dirt and preps the old caulk for recoating.

>This means any volatile oils or liquids must be used with caution on the rubber roof areas. <

..IMO... Where as 'mineral spirits' is a more oily nature it leave a slight film and may interfere with adhesion.
Again, the same RV Teck advised me against using mineral spirits for prepping caulking on the sides of the RV for that very reason.

Personally I have found that a damped rag with white gas is more controllable to use for prepping or re-caulking than mineral spirits that may spread onto the rubber roof.
[The fear is that any volatile liquids that come into contact with the rubber roof may inter fear with the roof membrane itself or the cement holding it down]

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What you need to do is get rid of the lap sealant, self leveling caulking, acetone, then apply a 4" fiber backed seam tape that accepts a coating, apply 2 coats then never inspect your seams ever again.
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What you need to do is get rid of the lap sealant, self leveling caulking, acetone, then apply a 4" fiber backed seam tape that accepts a coating, apply 2 coats then never inspect your seams ever again.
What are your recommendations for make/Mfg. of tape and new sealant to on top of tape?
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What are your recommendations for make/Mfg. of tape and new sealant to on top of tape?
The tape is Tape-Kote and the coating is Safe-T-Plex made by Brentwood Polymer Coatings.
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What you need to do is get rid of the lap sealant, self leveling caulking, acetone, then apply a 4" fiber backed seam tape that accepts a coating, apply 2 coats then never inspect your seams ever again.
Apply 2 coats just over the tape?
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Apply 2 coats just over the tape?
Yes apply 2 coats of coating with a brush.
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I have had good luck with EternaBond Tape on 2 of my trailers. Clean with acetone and apply it directly over any existing caulking and you should be set for many years of any leaks. https://www.eternabond.com/
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I've used Eternabond on our last 5r and in a few places on the one we have now. No complants using the eternabond. Cost more than caulk but well worth it. I always carry a quart of acetone and a roll of 4" Eternabond tape, you just never know. Helped a fellow camper a couple of years ago with a 4' X 4" piece of the stuff.
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I have had good luck with EternaBond Tape on 2 of my trailers. Clean with acetone and apply it directly over any existing caulking and you should be set for many years of any leaks. https://www.eternabond.com/
Just wondering if I can use Acetone to clean old caulking before applying the self leveling one or, is it only if you use EternaBond Tape.
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Just wondering if I can use Acetone to clean old caulking before applying the self leveling one or, is it only if you use EternaBond Tape.
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Oh yes, acetone will do the job prepping for the caulk as well as eternabond.
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Oh yes, acetone will do the job prepping for the caulk as well as eternabond.
So what do you use to clean the rubber roof next to the caulking before putting the eternabond on it?
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So what do you use to clean the rubber roof next to the caulking before putting the eternabond on it?
I used acetone
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