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Old 02-08-2018, 11:53 AM   #1
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How do I reaffix a small area of eternabond tape?

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I just bought a Newmar Class A where during the inspection the inspector noted a small area on the fiberglass roof at the front cap where the edge of the eternabond is loose (see attached pic).
What product should I use to reaffix the tape?
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Bill
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Old 02-08-2018, 12:06 PM   #2
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You can't reattach the tape. Once it has pulled up. usually due to improperly laying it down over dirt/moisture, the adhesive is shot.
One of 2 ways...
Clean area under the pulled up area and use some Dicor to "glue" it down. Do NOT use any type of silicone caulk or adhesive with a silicone base.
Or...
Cut the bad portion of tape out, clean the area, and use some new Eternabond overlapping the cut ends several inches.
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I'd use Grumpy's second method.
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I'd use Grumpy's second method.
That would, of course, be the best way, and what I would do.
Would use the Dicor for a quick fix on the road.
To the OP...would suggest you check all the areas where the Eternabond was applied. Possible there are more areas that need attention.
If you find areas of the tape that need to be removed, use a heat gun to warm the tape. It will pull off without too much trouble. Adhesive that remains can usually be removed using heat gun and a plastic scraper. After, clean real good with mineral spirits, after which I swipe the area down with acetone. Then reapply new Eternabond.
ANY dirt or moisture left on the surface will cause the tape to not adhere.
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Thanks guys. I will remove the small section of eternabond and replace it with a new piece allowing for a few inches of overlap on each side.
As suggested, I checked the remainder of the roof, and found the eternabond is securely fastened except for this one little area where the edge is slightly lifted.
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I'd use Grumpy's second method.
i would too i keep the tape with me all the time
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I've still a little bit of my fiberglass roof to scrape and tape with eterna bond - 8 ft out of about 90 ft (will finish it this weekend).
I have been running a bead of dicor lap sealant (special caulk) along the edge of the tape "roof inside" (toward where your AC units are on the roof) and then before it starts to gel, I use a putty knife to drag it angled from tape edge to roof. I am sealing the edge in case of ponding water. I also caulk along all overlap edges.
BTW, it is extremely hard to lift the tape once bonded, so something was loose on the surface when the tape was laid down. Most of the time if you try to pull up rolled in tape, it'll destroy the tape and leave an adhesive mess. I ran into this last weekend - I had run the tape a few inches past where I actually was done scraping the day before (end of the day, I was whooped, etc) Anyway, I cut a line using a razor knife across the tape the next day so I could peel back the excess to the cut and holy moly it was an effort. I've heard heat helps to remove it, but with out it - good luck.
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