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Old 08-16-2013, 08:20 AM   #1
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Using Butyl Putty Tape?

I replaced a porch light yesterday and had a heck of a time trying to use this product. The putty wanted to stick to the paper it was rolled onto. So it was very difficult to unroll a strip to cut and use. Am I missing something? Too warm? Too cool?

I'm letting it "cure" for a day or two until I trim off the excess with a plastic putty knife. Sound right?
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Put it in the microwave for about 1 minute. Should soften up.
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I replaced a porch light yesterday and had a heck of a time trying to use this product. The putty wanted to stick to the paper it was rolled onto. So it was very difficult to unroll a strip to cut and use. Am I missing something? Too warm? Too cool?

I'm letting it "cure" for a day or two until I trim off the excess with a plastic putty knife. Sound right?
Depends on manufacturer .... some is on a waxed backing and comes right off ... some not so much. Sometimes the easiest thing to do is roll out a piece with backer, tear it off the roll with backer attached, place it on surface with backer up, press firmly and THEN remove backer.
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Sounds like time to experiment. Put one piece with backer in microwave and warm it, put another in fridge and see if cooling it makes it release easier. I'm sort of leaning towards cooling.
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I'll post some pics so it is easier to visualize.

It seems to me that the putty should come up with the top layer of paper. But maybe I need to cut the roll and peel back the top paper? I dunno.
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I'll post some pics so it is easier to visualize.

It seems to me that the putty should come up with the top layer of paper. But maybe I need to cut the roll and peel back the top paper? I dunno.
Yup .... it should release with paper attached. Try putting in reefer or on ice ... looks like it's too warm. Normally it has more the consistency of modeling clay.
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Did you peel a foot or so off to see if it might pull off a little easier at that point? I've seen rolls start like that, then straighten out as you get further into them.
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I keep mine in the shop fridge, works great.
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To those who suggested chilling it first and peeling off a bit.... IT WORKED. Now I just need to wait until it cools off outside (40 degrees?) and trim off the excess from the porch light and the cable/TV jack housing.
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