caulking of belly band - Fiberglass RV

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Old 06-20-2016, 09:50 AM   #1
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caulking of belly band

My Boler's belly band has white caulking at the edges and I noticed that it was starting to get cracks in it. Do I remove all the old caulking before applying the new stuff? Last time I neatly caulked anything was our new tub... and maybe a window here and there... and that was probably 10 years ago!! I remember wetting an old spoon to smooth the caulking but that's all I can recall!

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Old 06-21-2016, 10:43 PM   #2
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You should always remove the old first. The new won't adhere to the old very well. Also by getting the old off and out, it gives new key and tooth for the new to grab on to. If you have some on the gelcote you can use a small piece of mica to remove it without scratching the finish. Then use denatured alcohol to clean it before applying the new.

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Old 06-22-2016, 05:36 AM   #3
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We always recommending removing any old caulk or butyl before applying new. Nothing worse that a blobbed ugly mess going forward.

Do NOT use silicone on the exterior of your all-molded-towable.

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Old 06-22-2016, 08:46 AM   #4
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I bought DAP 230. I'm hoping that is the correct stuff!!
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