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Old 09-10-2017, 04:40 PM   #1
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Good Afternoon

Looking for suggestion on how to repair the caulking around and behind the outside window flanges. Or should I just retool the caulking?

Although it appears that behind some of the outside flanges most of the caulk has "drooped" or melted from behind them.

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Old 09-10-2017, 04:53 PM   #2
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Hi Shannon that looks like the butyl is just squeezing out due to heat. Just remove it with a vinyl scraper, to clean up the residual I use WD-40 and a rag. After that you can wipe with methyl hydrate and run a capping bead of proflex or sikaflex.


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Old 09-10-2017, 05:09 PM   #3
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It's normal. A non-serrated plastic knife works too.
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Yep! At our orientation Rae mentioned that it would squeeze out and we just needed to scrape it off with some sort of plastic.
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...run a capping bead of proflex or sikaflex.
Highly recommend this. Put some painters tape down standing off the window frame slightly. Peel off before the proflex is completely dry. This provides for a nice, clean application.
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You can go to harbor freight and for about $10 you can get a four piece plastic chisel set. I know the word chisel sounds harsh but they are just tough tapered plastic blades in four different widths with a good handle on them. The narrowest is 1/2 inch I think. They are very effective on proflex, butyl tape caulk and even Donna's nemesis, the dreaded, SILICONE.
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Escape used to provide little plastic scrappers with their orientation kit.
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Hi: cpaharley2008... I thought they were ice scrapers for Florida Escape owners!!! Alf
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Highly recommend this. Put some painters tape down standing off the window frame slightly. Peel off before the proflex is completely dry. This provides for a nice, clean application.
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You ought to have enough scrapers for a Necklace. Visited my brother Bruce yesterday. Cracked a couple imports, raided the garden and watched the birds get loopy on overripe pearls that had a little to much fermenting sugar in them. Listened to some jazz. Sensory extravaganza. He was pickleing jalapeños,
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Highly recommend this. Put some painters tape down standing off the window frame slightly. Peel off before the proflex is completely dry. This provides for a nice, clean application.
Thanks for that suggestion. I cleaned off all my windows which had badly cracked proflex after ten years. Reapplied on one window, made a terrible mess (I am terrible at caulking) and spent a lot of time and WD40 getting it back off. Now I know how to do it cleanly.

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.... sikaflex. ...
SILAFLEX! That sounds familiar. I think that's what Reace used, not ProFlex, to attach the new, longer awning guides to the fiberglass shell. Would that make sense?
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SILAFLEX! That sounds familiar. I think that's what Reace used, not ProFlex, to attach the new, longer awning guides to the fiberglass shell. Would that make sense?
Yes. There's a whole line of Sika products including some for RVs, but Sikaflex is generally a urethane sealant/adhesive. Sikaflex-221 is commonly available in RV supply stores. It is similar to what holds the windshield in a car - seriously strong and stays flexible. I have a tube of Sikaflex-221 with my tools, waiting for the next thing to need to be attached and sealed.

If doing a new window installation, there's no need for any butyl material - just Sikaflex-221 will hold and seal it... and won't ooze out.
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We use Sikaflex in situations where we want good waterproofness, good durability and easily washable. It also has a modest amount of flexibility, though nowhere near as much as silicone caulking. Just a short while ago I checked out a shower with a huge window in it. We sealed the window to shower waterproofing with it with Sikaflex, along with a small bead on all the joints between extrusions of the window, and the installation still looked as good as the day it was done well over 10 years ago.
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SILAFLEX! That sounds familiar. I think that's what Reace used, not ProFlex, to attach the new, longer awning guides to the fiberglass shell. Would that make sense?
Sikaflex! One would think I could spell it correctly since it was right there in the post I was quoting! One would think...
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