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Old 07-09-2011, 08:50 PM   #1
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eternabond installation

I've been reading about eternabond and there are many post on this subject. The one thing I was wondering is how it actually goes on. Better explained, I have a 95 Winnebago Brave with a fiberglass roof. The roof is tucked into an aluminum channel on the sides of the roof. Do I align this tape even with the side of this channel? The tape would then have to be pushed against the fiberglass roof and go partway up the curvature of the roof? This would be seen from the ground. Does a taped roof look ok? If I got a wrinkle in the tape it wouldn't look so hot. Do you try to put this tape on in one piece or do you cut manageable lengths and then lap the seam? It sounds like a guy could screw this up fairly easy and I don't want to do that...
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Well, that is hard to say without seeing the place you want to apply it. It does indeed take some careful planning and even more careful application or you will end up with a wrinkle. Curves can be difficult. And yes, the tape may be visible and may be not all that pretty. For that reason, sometimes traditional caulk is a better solution.

If I had a leak along a metal channel like you describe, I might choose a sealer/caulk.

The best solution is to remove the channel, clean the old bedding caulk out from underneath, then apply new and re-seat the channel.
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I used 2" WHITE eternabond tape on my seam, sounds much like yours, and its only visible really close.

I used a 50 foot roll and only pulled about 3' of backing each time. I installed about 1/4" over the top of the rail and the remainder lapped up the roof.

As you start to apply, it can be pulled back off before its rolled down and small defects can be rolled out. Instructions came with the eternabond on how to correct mistakes. Have a sharp exacto knife handy.
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Thank you Wizard. I have a 2" roll on order and will try to install as you have instructed. I just don't want to be messing with that seam more than once.
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When we had our Itasca Horizon I taped the side/roof seams. To get a neat and straight line, I suggest you mark 2 inches up on the roof from the bottom of the gutter on both ends. You can strike a chalk line or use a straight edge after marking several places along the gutter. Like Wizard said, pull only a couple of feet of the backing off as you apply the stuff. Make sure the roof and gutter is very clean and dust free as you work. Use the edge of the tape and apply it carefully along the scribbed line on the roof. It is much easier this way than trying to let the edge set at the bottom of the gutter and push the width of the tape up onto the roof. Press it in place and use a roller (I used a wallpaper edge roller) to firmly push all the tape onto the surface. I used fabric backed and it worked great, but I had to apply two coats of the UV protectant paint after I got the tape in place. That was a bigger pain than the tape application. The fabric backed does follow a compound curve surface like the corner of the MH better than the plastic surface type. Take your time and use your head, it will turn out OK.
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I installed Black Eternabond tape on my 05 Itasca Horizon 40AD last year and the tape still looks great a year later. And, no seam caulking to worry about. Here is a link to my web site with photos. I wish I had intalled Eternabond five years earlier.

Installation of Eternabond on Roof Seams
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I cleaned mine with acetone per the eternabond instructions.
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Thank you gentlemen. That should work.
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