Post by hoosierpoet on Aug 22, 2013 15:03:15 GMT -8
Spent the day re-installing my J-channel. I think I did everything right, but I'm not sure how to trim the butyl tape so it looks halfway decent. The stuff is springy, sticky - it just won't cooperate! I gave up and quit for the night, didn't see any sense killing myself tonight when it just won't smoothe out. Time to call in the experts! Is there a solvent or something I can use to smooth the exposed edges? This is the gray stuff from Vintage Trailer Supply.
I use a dull screwdriver. It's actually an electrician's knife, worn over the years. I use it like a knife, and make two or three cuts. The putty eventually gives up. Paint Thinner is the clean up of choice.
I say bah to butyl tape, lol. Give me good ol' putty every time.
Well, it's actually the hybrid butyl/putty stuff. Still WAY too sticky - not fun at all to work with. (Of course everything else about rebuilding a vintage trailer IS fun, otherwise I wouldn't have said that...)
Post by hoosierpoet on Aug 26, 2013 17:31:19 GMT -8
Well, I combined all the advice, used a sharp utility knife on a (comparatively) cool morning, and gee - it worked! The seams I'd already messed up were much harder to deal with, though. Just goes to show, if you're not sure what you're doing, ask questions FIRST. It's always easier than un-doing a mistake...