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Old 11-29-2022, 10:32 PM   #1
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Slideout seals and talcum powder

I've read/been told that talcum powder is the ticket, but it can be pretty messy so I tried some Dry Lube in a can and it worked great !

(just purchased a 2006 Mandalay Presidio and working the "bugs" out)

Really important to clean the seals & sliding surfaces first !
If you use a long Phillips screwdriver (standing on ladder) you can wedge screwdriver under seal and spray liberally on the inside of seal.

Any extra lube (turns white like talcum powder) can be wiped up with a rag.
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I will try some and see what happens. I have used their garage door lube with good results. Wouldn't want to cause my seals to get cancer.
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The talcum is used to prevent the seals from sticking to the framing and thus, ripping.

In actual practice many folks have learned that soap and water works just fine, coincidentally the same advice that many seal manufacturers give, and will let your slide out wipers and seals work for many years.

If you MUST use something make sure it has no petroleum product, else you'll eat the seals.

My rig is a 2008 and soap and water has been just fine. I'll admit that I recently ordered 100' of seal to replace the outer seal on all four slides since I did (finally) find two that had worn and ripped. The wipers and inner slide seals are still fine...

As a newbie I was often tempted to get any number of the speciality chemical products hyped at Camping World - but now I only use CW for toilet paper if the local Walmart has none.
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FYI - the B'laster Dry Lube is petroleum based.

I just use 303 on all plastic & rubber.

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The talcum is used to prevent the seals from sticking to the framing and thus, ripping.

In actual practice many folks have learned that soap and water works just fine, coincidentally the same advice that many seal manufacturers give, and will let your slide out wipers and seals work for many years.

If you MUST use something make sure it has no petroleum product, else you'll eat the seals.

My rig is a 2008 and soap and water has been just fine. I'll admit that I recently ordered 100' of seal to replace the outer seal on all four slides since I did (finally) find two that had worn and ripped. The wipers and inner slide seals are still fine...

As a newbie I was often tempted to get any number of the speciality chemical products hyped at Camping World - but now I only use CW for toilet paper if the local Walmart has none.
"Soap and water"???
Forgive me for not seeing the value here but, if I'm not mistaken, that will work for maybe a few minutes but, what happens when the water dries? You'll have a bit of soapy residue left. And even that will dry out in not too long of time. I mean, if you're happy with that solution, then keep on truck'n.

I have used Talcum powder on my front door seal which alleviated the maddening squeaking as we drove down the road. I think I tried it on the galley slide seal and it may have worked, for a while but it too dissipated. Not much lasts over any real length of time and therefore has to be repeated. As far as TP is concerned, we've been using Costco stuff for decades and all has been well. ALL toilet paper breaks down, some sooner, some later.
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"Soap and water"???
Forgive me for not seeing the value here but, if I'm not mistaken, that will work for maybe a few minutes but, what happens when the water dries? You'll have a bit of soapy residue left. And even that will dry out in not too long of time. I mean, if you're happy with that solution, then keep on truck'n.

I have used Talcum powder on my front door seal which alleviated the maddening squeaking as we drove down the road. I think I tried it on the galley slide seal and it may have worked, for a while but it too dissipated. Not much lasts over any real length of time and therefore has to be repeated. As far as TP is concerned, we've been using Costco stuff for decades and all has been well. ALL toilet paper breaks down, some sooner, some later.
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The seals don't require a lubricant. And, if rinsed should have no soap residue or else they are not clean.
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Talcum powder is still sold, but lawsuits abound because of the asbestos in it. Asbestos causes cancer of the lungs and apparently in women's reproductive organs. It is still available for an epoxy filler.
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I don't understand all the home remedies.
Just buy some slide seal conditioner & use it a few times a year. I also wax the slide so seals have a smooth surface to slide on.
It's not rocket science.
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FYI - the B'laster Dry Lube is petroleum based.

I just use 303 on all plastic & rubber.

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Dang, petroleum based is not good... time to switch to 303 which I use for the rubber on my speargun & Hawaiian slings.

Thanks for the warning.

Time to clean those seals again
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I don't understand all the home remedies.
Just buy some slide seal conditioner & use it a few times a year. I also wax the slide so seals have a smooth surface to slide on.
It's not rocket science.
Yes, great comment... I am planning on having my rig professionally waxed in Puerto Paenasco (great work, incredible price) and will get my slides waxed as well as my rig !

Mucho Mejor Senior !
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303 was designed as a protectant. It inhibits UV rays and is ideal for rubber and plastic. It is not meant to be sprayed on and left on. Wipe down with a cloth to remove excess.
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I have been using talcum powder in a sock to wipe the seals down since we got it new in 2006 on my 5th wheel

Guess what...seals are still pliable and work just like they did in Nov of 2006
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