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Old 10-16-2016, 07:43 PM   #1
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Icky, sticky, gooey window & ladder junk

I'm in the process now of working on the entire outside on our MH which means buffing out any deoxidation, polishing & waxing along with resealing all joints, doors, windows etc. As I looked today at the window seals and the rubbery gaskets around the rear ladder mounts, they are now icky, sticky & gooey and very tough to get off. They're soft and smear easily, leaving smudge marks on the fiberglass etc.

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Do any of you know a technique or product to use to make this removing old material easier and clean so that the surface is able to receive new sealant? On the ladder...I really don't want to remove completely and replace these gaskets. I'd just like to clean, trim around the mounts or whatever and then apply new sealant around them.

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Typically, TYPICALLY, the element used for sealing windows and as a gasket for ladder mounts is what's called "Putty tape". It normally comes as a roll with paper in between each wind in the roll. It's a malleable putty that, inside the joints, stays fairly soft and pliable and, outside the joint, as in window framing edges and perimeters, it looses the oils in it and it will eventually dry out enough to actually peel off and drop off in small chunks.

Normally, to remove it is a bit gummy but, not really all that bad. And usually it takes some paint thinner or something similar to remove the residue and left over smaller clumps.

Now, this is all presuming that what you have on your coach is what I've described. Is it possible you've got something else? Heck yeah it's possible. There's all kinds of sealants/caulks out there and, I'm certainly no expert on what manufacturers use what products. But, as stated, typically most of them used that putty tape 'cause it was/is cheap, easy to apply, no real accuracy is need and, it has the compressibility to be squeezed out to form a seal in uneven surfaces.
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Think of using a plastic serrated knife with out a lot of excess pressure to make a trim cut then scrape with a blunt piece of plastic like the blade of the plastic knife cut off. Again use reasonable pressure when cutting and scraping.
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Plastic razor blades work great.

Try https://scraperite.com/

I like the yellow blades and the Big Gripper handle.

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Plastic razor blades work great.

Try https://scraperite.com/

I like the yellow blades and the Big Gripper handle.

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WOW thanks Paul. This looks like a great solution. Never heard of these before. Going to buy some. I'll update this thread after I use them.
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above suggestions work good. i use wooden shims and they work good also with bigger hand hold//
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marjoa,
Typically, TYPICALLY, the element used for sealing windows and as a gasket for ladder mounts is what's called "Putty tape". It normally comes as a roll with paper in between each wind in the roll. It's a malleable putty that, inside the joints, stays fairly soft and pliable and, outside the joint, as in window framing edges and perimeters, it looses the oils in it and it will eventually dry out enough to actually peel off and drop off in small chunks.

Normally, to remove it is a bit gummy but, not really all that bad. And usually it takes some paint thinner or something similar to remove the residue and left over smaller clumps.

Now, this is all presuming that what you have on your coach is what I've described. Is it possible you've got something else? Heck yeah it's possible. There's all kinds of sealants/caulks out there and, I'm certainly no expert on what manufacturers use what products. But, as stated, typically most of them used that putty tape 'cause it was/is cheap, easy to apply, no real accuracy is need and, it has the compressibility to be squeezed out to form a seal in uneven surfaces.
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That "putty tape" is probably buytal tape found in auto,RV and marine parts stores. Easy to use acetone to clean off sticky stuff.

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