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Old 10-22-2021, 04:40 PM   #1
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Please help with blinker fluid?

Hello. the kids call it blinker fluid? I have water in one of my lenses on the front top marker lights on my new 2021 Solis class B 59PX.

The lenses have a clear sealant on these marker lights Right now but apparently it has failed.

Which sealant should I use to re-mount these lights?

I think clear would look best, but black would be fine too.

Sometimes sealants will discolor plexiglass, so I need to try to choose one that will not discolor the clear lenses. I am not saying the lenses are plexiglass, but they are plastic.

Thank you for your recommendation on the correct sealant to use here.

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Old 10-22-2021, 07:50 PM   #2
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I've experienced that, water collected in the lens then overflowed through the wiring hole into my 5er, causing wood rot.
My solution was to drill a 1/16" hole in the bottom of the lens; it worked.
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My thought on a hole would be any driving in the rain would push water into the hole... maybe not, but I would not chance it.
Remove the lens, clean the area good and use a small layer of Dicor to seal it, using a wet finger to smooth it out. Or even some white silicone (which could be harder to remove later) or a latex weather sealant.


EDIT: I just read this one on the 'net...
Cover the back of the base with a thin layer of butyl tape and mount it.
Don't "over tighten", the screws.
Go back a day later, and use a putty knife to trim the excess.

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EDIT: I just read this one on the 'net...
Cover the back of the base with a thin layer of butyl tape and mount it.
Don't "over tighten", the screws.
Go back a day later, and use a putty knife to trim the excess.
That’s my go-to sealant on boats, and if needed for something like this, I’d use it there, too. It stays flexible and ‘sticky’ essentially forever, but it will creep over time if too much is used, so it’s usually wise to be stingy with it.
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I would use butyl tape on the whole assembly and then to secure the lens a thin layer of silicone sealant.

It is a good thing you only need blinker fluid. This year there is a real shortage of halogen fluid.

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Regarding using butyl tape.


I agree that is the go-to sealant, but in the case of the OP, the leak is not from the base and sealing the base with butyl or anything else will not cure the leak. In fact, the light appears to be firmly sealed with dicor or some other sealant.


The issue is where the removable lens overlaps/meets the base. That seam is where the leak is located and where the existing sealant (looks to be silicone) has failed. My point is, there is no need or practical reason to remove the fixture base and reseal.


All that being said, removing the silicone and clear lens will be necessary. It appears the lens fits over the base like a cap. It may be possible to apply a thin strip of butyl sealant along the edge of the base and press the lens firmly down into it. If that is not possible, then a thin strip of butyl sealant along the edge to replace the old silicone should work. And don't forget the screw holes.


The outlier in this is the old silicone. It is very difficult to get anything to stick where silicone has been applied, but I have never tried butyl over silicone residue. Certainly cleaning up the lens bottom and the area around the base with solvent should be done to insure a good bond.
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(Joke) You do realize blinker fluid needs to be changed every 3,000 miles, right, or it voids the warranty on your tires?

More seriously, "blinker fluid" is a joke, meant to sound like a marketing scam. There's really no such thing. It's in the the same category as muffler bearings and their ilk.

You already have some good suggestions for sealing things up. I'll just add (unless I missed it) that any screws that hold the lens down (if they don't just snap on) should also be sealed. I use clear silicone on mine.
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Regarding using butyl tape.


I agree that is the go-to sealant, but in the case of the OP, the leak is not from the base and sealing the base with butyl or anything else will not cure the leak. In fact, the light appears to be firmly sealed with dicor or some other sealant.


The issue is where the removable lens overlaps/meets the base. That seam is where the leak is located and where the existing sealant (looks to be silicone) has failed. My point is, there is no need or practical reason to remove the fixture base and reseal.


All that being said, removing the silicone and clear lens will be necessary. It appears the lens fits over the base like a cap. It may be possible to apply a thin strip of butyl sealant along the edge of the base and press the lens firmly down into it. If that is not possible, then a thin strip of butyl sealant along the edge to replace the old silicone should work. And don't forget the screw holes.


The outlier in this is the old silicone. It is very difficult to get anything to stick where silicone has been applied, but I have never tried butyl over silicone residue. Certainly cleaning up the lens bottom and the area around the base with solvent should be done to insure a good bond.
These clearance lights are known leak sources over time. Rather than wait for a leak, I would get ahead of the games and rebed these lights in butyl tape.

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I always thought those lights have a weep hole.. either in the base.. or where the base meets the clear plastic lenses.. and they look mounted backwards to me..
It was a long time ago.. we used them on 80s Chevy trucks.. so I am wondering if they plugged up the weep holes with sealant.. and mounted backwards..
When you take apart.. inspect closely and look for tiny gap between base and lenses..
And if they have the weep holes oriented to the front.. so blinker fluids will drain out.. not turned to rear.. no matter how well you seal.. if the weep holes are not open for venting.. they will fog or fill up..
Good luck and let us know what you did and maybe better members then me will help you
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