Adhesive removal

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  1. gazzeroo

    gazzeroo Funster

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    Can anyone offer advise, my Rimor motorhome, purchased recently, has a small amount of adhesive/sealer oozing from the joints round the roof and side trims. I`m not sure what the substance is, although I assume some sort of Sikaflex. The stuff is still soft so I can probably gently scrape most of it off, but what solvent can I use to final clean. The sides are aluminium and the roof GRP. Look forward to your answers
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    It will probably be non-setting mastic such as Carafax Caraseal IDL 99, just a bit of excess squeezed out when the seals were made.

    You can remove it using white spirit but it won't do any harm to leave it. If you do decide to remove it make sure you don't breach the seal.
     
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    Sticky stuff remover sold in most hardware stores
     
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    Found WD40 is sometimes good for that
     
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    IMHO I would leave it as the seal is made across the joint and by cutting it back you risk damaging the seal that's why the factory doesn't cut it off and it will probably ouze out again later on anyway.
     
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    As Graham says it will be a non setting mastic, if you want to scrape some away cut a plastic bottle cap in half (vertical cut as if on the bottle still) and use that as it will take away the excess and leave a nice round profile in the corner, then just clean up with white spirit as Graham says, finish off with Autoglym Super Resin polish.

    Be prepared for it to come back again though.

    Martin
     
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    Thanks for all that, I would leave it, but it has gone black and spoils the look and I`m a fussy bugger. MF comes up trumps yet again, thanks
    Gary
     
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    Just removed the remnants of a windscreen sticky label and some adhesive gunk from various areas of the motorhome.
    I strongly recommend CT1's Multisolve - came off no bother in very short order. Apparently, it's also great for removing trodden-in chewing gum, dried road tar or roofing tar. Not widely available as yet and about a tenner for a 50ml spray can, but boy does it do the job. Check out CT1's website:
    http://www.ct1ltd.com
    Their CT1 sealant and adhesive is also a must-have item. Definitely scope out their products on the website. You'll be glad you did.
    (No, I'm not an employee and I don't get a commission!)
    David
     
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    Thanks for that David, I'll definitely give it a look
     
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    If you use some solvent that eats into the mastic you could be shooting yourself in the foot.
     
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    The mastic I was trying to remove actually came off quite well with white spirit, used sparingly, the van looks a lot better now, although I was surprised how thin the paint is!
     
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    Hilldweller is quite right. CT1's Multisolve will weaken and liquefy sealants (e.g. as used in kitchens and bathrooms) making them easy to remove. Sorry, I should have spotted the use you wanted to make; glad the white spirit worked out.
     
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