Sealing the outside lights - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-17-2021, 10:11 AM   #1
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Sealing the outside lights

I'm not ready to paint my trailer and am not sure yet if I will. But I changed all the "marker lights" and brake lights for new LED lights. I'd like to seal them. I had used the "guaranteed for 50 years" DAP sealer on my Boler. I don't know if I should use that since I might have to remove it in a year or two IF I decide to paint.

What do you think?

I was considering "Zip N Peel": it'd be easy to remove if I choose not to paint. But I'm not sure.

Thank you for helping me think this through!
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Old 06-17-2021, 10:28 AM   #2
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If you are trying to seal the fixture to the trailer, try Butyl tape. Very easy to remove if you remove the fixtures to paint.
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Old 06-17-2021, 11:26 AM   #3
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If you are trying to seal the fixture to the trailer, try Butyl tape. Very easy to remove if you remove the fixtures to paint.
You mean just put butyl tape and screws, no sealer around the fixtures?
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Old 06-17-2021, 11:27 AM   #4
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Yes. The butyl tape, if done properly, should be sufficient. You want it to squeeze out beyond the fixture. I recommend tightening down some with even force, wait a few days and tighten some more. Repeat until you can no longer tighten. Also, if your trailer is outdoors, the sun will help the tape to flow.
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Old 06-17-2021, 11:48 AM   #5
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Yes. The butyl tape, if done properly, should be sufficient. You want it to squeeze out beyond the fixture. I recommend tightening down some with even force, wait a few days and tighten some more. Repeat until you can no longer tighten. Also, if your trailer is outdoors, the sun will help the tape to flow.
Thanks Alex. I'll think about that. I'll look at the back of my lights to see their shape/design.

(I'm trying not to look at the picture under your name: it strongly affects your credibility...!)
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Old 06-17-2021, 03:41 PM   #6
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just one addition, on a single wall trailer like my Trillium, there was nothing to screw into (other than thin fiberglass). So I put a piece of plywood on the inside to give me something sturdy to screw into.

And I put butyl tape behind the fixtures.
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