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Old 07-31-2011, 09:13 PM   #1
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Eternabond remove

Today in SoCal we had a thunder storm and some rain. Not normal. Went out and checked our 37G Adventurer. Discovered a small leak between the skylight and the side wall. The seams on the roof are covered in 4in Eternabond. I'm going to need to remover about 2ft of 4in tape.
Has anyone done this? How did you do it? My first thought is a heat gun, but the stuff is so stickey I'm not at all sure this will work.
All you folks that post here are really great and have learned a bunch. This is our first MH. Years ago we had a TT and really enjoyed camping in it. This is the first time we have to face leaks through (or around) Eternabond.
Want to make the repairs soon. Going back east in a month or so, don't need to have possible leaky roof to worry about.
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Keep in mind that the place you see the leak on the inside is NOT necessarily anywhere near where the water originally came in at on the roof.

Water can run for many feet before showing itself in the interior.
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Old 07-31-2011, 11:02 PM   #3
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If Eternabond is applied according to the specific instructions it is nearly impossible to remove. Before jumping in and perhaps creating a bigger problem, locate an RV service center that uses a SealTech leak detection system. When our RV was new I discovered a water leak inside the RR corner. The dealer used the SealTech machine and found the leak source 14' from the RR corner. Continuing to test and inspect for more leaks, the technician found 3 more tiny leaks, as yet undiscovered.
I now have that system used on our RV every other year, and consider it money well-spent.
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Old 07-31-2011, 11:59 PM   #4
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I'll agree with both posts. We had a leak that appear on our previous RV and appear around the driver's seat area. After having the Sealtech test run (twice) we discovered the leak was actually on the passenger's side! So, I agree and suggests you first have the Sealtech done to determine the exact point of the leak before you tear off Eternabond. Also, you may find you have more than one leak. Best to get get the diagnosics done first and then you'll know you've got all the bases covered when your done. By the way, it'll run ABOUT $100 the best I can remember. I'll have to say that I'm not happy to hear of a roof leak in a Winnebago!
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Thank you very much. That is what I was looking for. Thank you guys for pointing out the fact that water can weep long a distance. In my case however the side seam looks perfect with no lifting or evidence at all where it could possibly allow seepage. However, it was applied over and around the Tub skylight and I can see some places where the tape is not down tight. That is exactly the where the small wet spot is located on the inside.
My only thought now is, do I have to remove the Skylight or will it be OK to use Diacor and not try to recover the edges and hold down bolts like the way is was done before.?
Thanks again for the help.
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First, eternabond can be removed. It isn't easy but it can be done. I removed a small piece of 4" using a hair dryer.

I recently also had a leak around the bath skylight. Mine was leaking under the original dicor seal at a corner. Since my rig is nearly 10 yrs old, I elected to get a new skylight outer shell. I removed the old outer shell, cleaned the area well, put a bead of dicor under the new shell, and used new 2' eternabond tape on the outside. There were no screws thru the old skylight but metal brackets at two corners and aluminum strips along two longer edges of the shell. With properly applied eternabond, I am thinking I will have no more leaks.
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Removal of Caulking

If you are going to use Eternabond for the FIRST TIme on a EDPM roof.. what do you use to remove the old sealant/caulking material..? Does the heat from a heat gun bubble the rubber roof? Seems like any chemicals would also harm it.

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If you are going to use Eternabond for the FIRST TIme on a EDPM roof.. what do you use to remove the old sealant/caulking material..? Does the heat from a heat gun bubble the rubber roof? Seems like any chemicals would also harm it.
Bill, WELCOME BACK! Been missing ya!

I'm sure someone will share what they know about your situation with the Eternabond. I know that chemicals have bubbled the EPDM roof on my trailer.

Please come back and vist more often .....

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Thanks for that, I was looking for that too.
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FYI, on another forum I learned that Eternabond will not stay adhered to silicon per a direct call to Eternabond. The silicon eats away the eternabond seal slowly. This was not found on any labeling of Eternabond, just through a call to the company from a user who could not get the leak he had to stop. The surface must be totally cleaned of any prior sealant before application.

I had applied Eternabond to the roof of my MH to cover a crack until we could get it fixed. To remove it, the tech used heat and a solvent. Process was repeated multiple times before it came off. To this day I can still see where it was after new fiberglass was applied to the repair the crack.
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I removed Eternabond from a TPO roof seam (butted against fiberglass cap) with heat (a hair dryer) and mineral spirits. Wasn't all that hard - took me about 35 minutes to remove a 15" strip and clean off the residue.

If you use mineral spirits to help loosen the solvent, use it sparingly on EPDM roofs to avoid loosening the EPDM adhesive.
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Will this help? Eternabond, how to remove and replace video from the Eternabond video library. Obviously my first post about removing Eternabond was wrong. My bad.
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