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Old 05-24-2012, 01:29 PM   #1
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Removing and replacing old caulking

The coach is a 2003 Tradewinds LTC. My problem is where moldings and corners were caulked, the caulking is coming loose and in places bubbling up and turning black. The black is probably from dust in the air.Does any one have a secret method of removing old caulk and what is a good replacement for this application? I have tried heat and mineral spirits but I don't want to hurt the paint. Would appreciate any sugestions you might have.Thanks
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Old 05-25-2012, 07:08 PM   #2
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Ace Hardware has something like a 5-in-1 painter's tool in plastic. As far as I know, manually removing the caulk is the preferred method.

To remove the residue that's left, you can try a product like Goo-Gone or Citra-Solv, I've read some people have had luck with them, but I've never used either in this type of application. If you do opt for a solvent, test an area first to ensure it won't damage your finish.
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Old caulking

Thanks for the info.Will look for that tool. At my age I am not wanting to get into anything too labor intensive. I've been full timing for 13 years and have had 2 national RV's which have been good coaches. I have found that all motor homes are the same when it comes to factory quality control. After the first owner corrects their shoddy work the coaches become livable machines. I have met hundreds of motor home owners of all the popular brands and they have had the same experiences.
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Thanks for the info. I found the screws you mentioned and the bathroom has also 2 screws through 2 brackets that will release that self. Now I have to figure out how to remove the valances in the living room. I want to change the type of shades.
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...Will look for that tool. At my age I am not wanting to get into anything too labor intensive...
It's labor intensive I'm afraid. I have arthritis in my thumbs and even when I was in my 30's, just re-caulking roof vents was a major pain. I suppose you can do a few feet at a time...

Thanks for the perspective on the different manufacturers of coaches. I've got a lot of hours into research trying to decide if there are manufacturers to avoid or not.
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We've had great success with a product called Loosey Goosey, made by Rubachem. Did not seem to harm either painted aluminum or fiberglass caps on our HR Vacationer. Hard to find, but saw some on ebay today ( rubachem loosey goosey | eBay). We bought it at a local RV place (no longer in business) that over-bought and was selling it for $1 a can. Pull off what caulk you can, then the remainder will come off pretty easily with the Loosey-Goosey and a plastic putty knife. A can goes a long way.
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I use a wood chisel and a product called acrysol can scrap and re seal a corner molding in about 40 min give or take depending on how horrible the last person was to apply
It. To reseal I recommend " proflex" it is made for RV and has a great life span and is easy to apply and make look better then factory good luck on Job
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