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Posted: 08/09/12 05:23pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

They sell this silicone RV sealant at a nearby RV shop.
I talked with one of their techs and asked about silicone removal.
He said you can get silicone removal products at auto parts store - their shop didn't sell it because they buy it by the 5-gallon buckets.
Has anyone used this, or similar, silicone product on their RV?
Have you had experience with a silicone removal product?
What is your experience with it?



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Do not use silicone on the exterior of a rv. It will not bond to aluminum, fiberglass or plastic for very long. The correct sealant to use is a urethane based caulk. Try Dicor or ProFlex brand RV sealants. Lap sealant is for sidewalls, markerlights, etc. Self leveling sealant is for roof seam and fixture penetrations. Any rv supply store will carry the correct sealants. You can also Google the brands I mentioned and buy them there.
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Nope, but I am going to buy some.


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Posted: 08/09/12 06:37pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

X 2 what Steve said.


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Steve nailed it.

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I've had good luck removing silicon with naptha from Ace hardware...

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Most of the Silicone products I've tried are very easy to remove.. In fact...

If they are in a spot where I wish for them to stick, they remove themselves.

If they are in a spot where I do not want them to stick they .. Stick like glue.

I have used other products, Dicore lap sealant, Goop, Urethane sealants, and more, all work way better where I want them to stick.. alas they also work better where I don't want them to stick.


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Nothing with the name silicone is allowed within 100 feet of my RV.


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I cannot understand why people get so worked about not using silicon on an RV (not rubber roof of course).

I am talking good quality stuff.

Isn't that the stuff that holds aquariums together?

How to remove trhe quality silicon I use is the last thought on my mind.

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I use silicone occasionally on trim- using a good quality RTV silicone, with proper prep and it works fine, though most often I use it for cosmetic purposes- like around windows and doors (hint- the seal is between the frame and the body, not around the edge where I use the silicone), or for gasketing applications. I remove it with 3M brand "Silicone and adhesive remover" and plenty of paper towels.


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