Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > MH-General Discussions & Problems
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-14-2011, 08:59 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 7
Caulking Windows Seals

I'm not sure of the correct terminology related to my question. The rubber seals on the exterior of the windows seem fine, however there is a black substance/seal that extends a quarter of an inch onto the fiberglass body that is drying out and curling. Should I trim off this curling excess with a razor blade along the windows edge, clean, let dry, and reseal. If so, what product should I use to re-seal? A good silicone sealant?
__________________

__________________
2dreamers is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 07-14-2011, 09:58 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 1,500
It may be the butyl tape that is used to seal the window during installation. Take a look at http://daverootrvglassrepair.com
__________________

__________________
MaverickBBD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2011, 11:46 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Tempe, AZ
Posts: 1,833
Quote:
Originally Posted by MaverickBBD View Post
It may be the butyl tape that is used to seal the window during installation. Take a look at http://daverootrvglassrepair.com
That site did not impress me. Besides being too wide for small monitors (poor web design) and having spelling errors (not very professional), I have a problem with them suggesting using silicone sealant (and even including it in their kits). Once silicone has been applied somewhere, it is almost impossible to completely remove and, unless completely removed, nothing will ever stick again where it has been. Paint and fiberglass are permeable and silicone will penetrate below the surface so the only way to get it all is to remove the surface of the material. While silicone has a long life, it will eventually fail then good luck resealing where it was. There are other sealants better suited for the job, such as the acrylics or polysulfides.
__________________
LadyFitz... is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2011, 12:40 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Palisade CO
Posts: 3,564
Most/many manufacturers use butyl tape. That is what I would reseal with. It is necessary to remove the windows though. There are some screws on the inside frames that have to be removed to get the windows out but it doesn't appear to be too tough to do.

The tape may still be doing a good job of sealing. I used a thin bladed sharp plastic putty knife to clean up the excess tape on mine. The plastic putty knife was easier to control than a metal knife or razor blade and didn't damage the fiber glass
__________________
Clay WA5NMR - Ex Snowbird - 1 year, Ex Full timer for 11 years - 2004 Winnebago Sightseer 35N Workhorse chassis. Honda Accord toad.
Clay L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2011, 04:13 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 3,336
Be careful when you remove the windows. Be sure to make a cut with a razor knife around the entire window frame before removing it. We just had ours done and some of the sealing tape stuck to the graphics. When they pulled the window away from the body it made about a 2" x 1/2" tear in the graphic. Now they're replacing the graphic.
__________________
Hikerdogs
2013 Adventurer 32H
Hikerdogs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2011, 07:43 AM   #6
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2dreamers View Post
I'm not sure of the correct terminology related to my question. The rubber seals on the exterior of the windows seem fine, however there is a black substance/seal that extends a quarter of an inch onto the fiberglass body that is drying out and curling. Should I trim off this curling excess with a razor blade along the windows edge, clean, let dry, and reseal. If so, what product should I use to re-seal? A good silicone sealant?
Thanks for everyone's advice. It was in fact butyl tape that was curling up. The windows weren't leaking, but we were afraid the curling material would start collecting water. So we've carefully removed the excess material and caulked the windows using Proflex RV Flex Seal. Hopefully this will help prevent a problem down the road.
__________________

__________________
2dreamers is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:35 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.