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Old 09-27-2012, 05:00 PM   #1
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Butyl tape question

I purchased this stuff from an RV dealer today and when I got home I started second guessing myself. Did I buy the right stuff for my windows? Here is a picture and the bill says "Butyl Putty Tape".

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Can anyone confirm that this is the right product?

Thanks again for all your help folks.
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Old 09-27-2012, 05:09 PM   #2
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Looks and sounds like the right stuff to me!
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Old 09-27-2012, 05:14 PM   #3
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Thanks Carol. May be the first thing I've done right.
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Nope the first thing you did right was buy a fiberglass trailer! :-))
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Grab the end and stretch. If it stretches out into a thin filament, it has butyl content. If it pulls apart or breaks, it doesn't. The distinction between butyl tape and putty tape is blurred a bit by calling everything "putty." The good stuff should be called butyl tape and the other monkey poop tape.

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Jack, just curious but whats the monkey poop tape actually suppose to be used for?
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I hate to be Johnny Raincloud here but.....
This looks just like standard Putty Tape to me and NOT Butyl Tape?

Putty tape is what is commonly used in manufacturing as it is cheaper (which seems to be all that matters to the manufacturers?)but it will dry out long before Butyl has even thought about doing so.

Butyl is actually Butyl Rubber in a very sticky ultimately obnoxious sort of form.
It can only be removed well by contact with itself and once applied is impossible to get off any other way.

I will bet the tape you got has none of those properties?
I have also only seen it in Black and White and I have seen the putty tape in grey or beige and again that is what it looks like you got.

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Grab the end and stretch. If it stretches out into a thin filament, it has butyl content. If it pulls apart or breaks, it doesn't. The distinction between butyl tape and putty tape is blurred a bit by calling everything "putty." The good stuff should be called butyl tape and the other monkey poop tape.

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Exactly right. I even asked for it by name and was given the the wrong stuff.
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Ok guys your suggests re pulling it to see the thin filaments to determine if it really is butyl as the label states is a good one but can one honestly say by just looking at a photo op put up if it is or isnt?

If one really can tell if its Butyl or not - would anyone like to take a stab at guessing on this rolll?
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Ok guys your suggests re pulling it to see the thin lilaments to determine if it really is butyl as the label states is a good one but can one honestly say by just looking at a photo op put up if it is or isnt?

If one really can tell if its Butyl or not - would anyone like to take a stab at guessing on this rolll?
Not Butyl for sure.
Butyl has a Shiny smooth texture and if you even look at it will stick to stuff.
That roll is clearly the older style putty.
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bummer I think I just did the same thing. I asked for it by name and was given a roll that looks just like the one in the photo. Where would you find the correct stuff if not at the rv dealer??
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I buy it at an autobody supply dealer.
It is commonly used for sealing body panels and as a windshield sealant.
I have it in several thickness both round and flat on rolls and it also comes in a tube.
You can also buy a form of it for roof sealant at almost any decent hardware store under the name "Vulkem" which I use to seal roof penetrations but I will warn you this is the nastiest most unmanageable form of sealant I have ever seen or heard of!
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