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Old 02-18-2015, 04:38 PM   #11
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Based on the attached photos, simply adding caulk would have required a lot of caulk to fill the void created by the warping. Also, because the gap had been there so long, the space had filled with fir needles, leaves and general dirt that made just applying more caulk problematic because it was unlikely to hold. One picture is of the gap on the trailer and the other is removed on a level showing how large the gap was. The plastic had deformed in such a way that you could not press it down to get it any where near flat again. I'm just suggesting that even adding additional caulk may not solve the problem long term if the lights continue to warp as ours did.
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Old 02-18-2015, 04:56 PM   #12
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Might it be a good place for Butyl Tape?, or is that old school?
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Old 02-18-2015, 05:11 PM   #13
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Might it be a good place for Butyl Tape?, or is that old school?
Hi Bob

Butyl tape is a great product but due to the amount of distortion here it would not be suitable for this application. Sikaflex by Sika Products or Mulcoflex 9000 by Mulco Products was what I used for these type of problems when I worked as a glazier. I will be watching this problem closely to see how it is fixed, also wondering if all of the lights installed on other trailers are starting to warp.

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Old 02-18-2015, 05:12 PM   #14
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Charlie in the past you mentioned you used the rubber gutters . Do you install to the metal frame or did you put on body ? Pat


I attached them to the fiberglass over the windows to capture that possible joint, have to wait until warm weather though to put a little down dip to follow the frame contour.
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Based on the attached photos, simply adding caulk would have required a lot of caulk to fill the void created by the warping. Also, because the gap had been there so long, the space had filled with fir needles, leaves and general dirt that made just applying more caulk problematic because it was unlikely to hold. One picture is of the gap on the trailer and the other is removed on a level showing how large the gap was. The plastic had deformed in such a way that you could not press it down to get it any where near flat again. I'm just suggesting that even adding additional caulk may not solve the problem long term if the lights continue to warp as ours did.
It appears that you never had any original factory sealant installed. Each light (both large,small marker and the exterior lights) have a small strip or sealant along the top, yours doesn't appear to have had any?
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Old 02-18-2015, 05:41 PM   #16
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It appears that you never had any original factory sealant installed. Each light (both large,small marker and the exterior lights) have a small strip or sealant along the top, yours doesn't appear to have had any?
You can see the sealant in the picture of the light on the trailer. It is the off colored line above the edge of the light. Yes, there was sealant, BUT it could not stand up to the force of the light warping and the light just pulled away on both the top and the bottom. If you click and zoom in you will see it on both the trailer body and the top of the light.
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Charlie in the past you mentioned you used the rubber gutters . Do you install to the metal frame or did you put on body ? Pat


I attached them to the fiberglass over the windows to capture that possible joint, have to wait until warm weather though to put a little down dip to follow the frame contour.
Thanks Charlie . California here 65-80's right now . Mostly wanted to do the front window -the cover collects dirt and water and of course those nasty dirt streaks all the time . Pat
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Thanks Charlie . California here 65-80's right now . .... Pat
Careful, Pat. We have to be very gentle, mentioning our weather to those who have real weather!
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OK Don Shhhhhh! Pat
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Hi Bob

Butyl tape is a great product but due to the amount of distortion here it would not be suitable for this application. Sikaflex by Sika Products or Mulcoflex 9000 by Mulco Products was what I used for these type of problems when I worked as a glazier. I will be watching this problem closely to see how it is fixed, also wondering if all of the lights installed on other trailers are starting to warp.

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Thanks Doug, good info.
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