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treii28

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Posted: 08/09/18 01:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Late last year a seal by the antenna in a 1992 18' Scout Nomad allowed some water to come in on the front right corner of the trailer. The plywood in the wall feels like it might have absorbed some water and dried out. I noticed it due to a small amount of the wallpaper peeling right up in the corner. The board still feels intact but tapping on it it seems to 'feel' less dense in the portion where the water came down. The board itself still seems quite intact, however.

What I'm wondering if there is anything to treat a water effected piece of plywood such as that to add more strength to it and seal it up in the event of future problems with the antenna seal. Perhaps something that would absorb into the wood? (I'm assuming the reason it feels less dense is that it is now a bit more porous)

Any suggestions are appreciated. I want to try avoid replacing that section as I have no idea how involved that might be!

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Your basic options are to (a) live with it how it is now (and keep an eye on things, making sure it's sealed against further water intrusion) or (b) take it apart and replace whatever water damaged material is there. There isn't any treatment you can apply to strengthen it, at least not without taking everything apart.

Based on what you've written I would probably go for option (a) personally as it doesn't sound like a large area of damage, nor a serious structural problem at this stage. I will, however, say that quite often water damage proves to be somewhat more extensive than it at first appears.





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You might be thinking of "Get Rot". Have a look at the damage, and at the product and see whether you think it could help.

There are lots of videos showing the use of products like "Get Rot" available.


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Check out the West System (well known in the marine product world), they may have something. This is just general knowledge on my part and I haven't done what you want to do.


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Check out " Abatron Liquid Wood " Very ssslllooowwww setting liquid epoxy that soaks in while curing. Actually approved for structural repair. Just follow directions to the letter even if it seems strange, something like mix for at least 1 minute and then let stand for 10 before using. believe me it needs the 10 mins.

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Posted: 08/10/18 02:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

End grain plywood has an affinity for moisture.

Drying it out is imperative, before trying anything.

Let it drink some denatured alcohol, which will absorb the moisture when it evaporates. Lather rinse repeat.

Penetrating epoxies are very thin, and will wick deeply into end grain plywood.

Whether it is deep enough to reinforce that which you suspect is no longer as robust as it was before it got soaked, is another matter.

I really like System 3 clear coat resin for its ability to penetrate wood deeply. it is a very slow epoxy and has a lot of time to creep deep into the wood grain

SYS3 has other specific wood rot fix products too, which I have no experience with.

Heating the wood before adding the epoxy, will allow it to draw more epoxy in deeper when it cools and contracts.

Do not try to seal any wood that is not thoroughly dried out, and anything which dries fast is going to be creating its own heat, which will purge the moisture right through the epoxy/ or other resin and likely leave a path for moisture to try and get in again.

That heat and the denatured alcohol can allow one to mix and apply epoxy much sooner, than if they were just to wait for it to dry out on its own.

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Although epoxies and repair products may work.....or may not....its certainly dependent on the extent of the water damage / rot and how much of the original wood is left intact to accept the product. Probably not much if any on an RV roof which is usually no more than 3/8 3 ply, and often thinner such as 8mm or 1/4". Might even be OSB.

Usually products like those mentioned are no more than band aids.

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Look at CPES from www.rotdoctor.com
This is a very thin 2 part epoxy that will be absorbed by the wood. Once cured the wood will not be able to absorb any more water.

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Posted: 08/10/18 08:08am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The problem with any of the penetrating epoxy solutions is by the time you open it up and get access to apply the epoxy...it's less effort to just cut out the bad plywood and put new in.


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