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Old 02-06-2016, 03:42 PM   #1
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Removing sealant from roof-top plumbing vent

One of the round roof-top plumbing vents on my Essex is crumbling and I'll have to replace it. It's not just the round top, it's the whole device that's falling apart. To replace it I'll have to remove the sealant around the base. Anyone done that, and how did you do it? I have a fiberglass roof. Thanks.
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joelyn, I have a multi purpose tool that has a blade on it that vibrates and removes the putty quit well.

got mine at Sears.
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I just used a putty knife till I could clear off the screws. Take out the screws , and peel the old one off. New one was same size, reseal with dicor self leveling sealant.
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I just used a putty knife till I could clear off the screws. Take out the screws , and peel the old one off. New one was same size, reseal with dicor self leveling sealant.

This. It's quite simple actually.
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Old 02-07-2016, 03:48 AM   #5
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U-Tube video on how to replace the vent.
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Wow, thanks to all for the advice. Shaman52 I especially appreciate the video. Now I know precisely how to do it.
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Old 02-07-2016, 10:16 AM   #7
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Use a heat gun to soften the old sealant. A fiberglass roof makes the job a bit easier since you don't have to worry about creating a hole with a metal scraper but still go easy. Nothing stronger the mineral sprits to clean. Something like acetone could soften fiberglass and paint.
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RV Geeks has many how to videos. One especially on the roof vent change. Go to youtube its great
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Old 02-07-2016, 02:02 PM   #9
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I put a thin layer of dicor all over the new vent cap to protect it from the sun. Looks like crap, but that plastic looks pretty cheap and the dicor seems to be pretty tuff stuff. They do may galvanized roof vents, may do that the next time it's needed.
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