Too cold for Sikaflex?

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  1. treeman

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    Hoping for a window of mild weather to get my solar panel Sikaflex bonded onto the roof. At present there appears no 24 hour period where the local forecast is saying over 5 degrees with any certainty.
    Any ideas on how important the 5' plus requirement is or how to get around it? (I don't have access to anywhere undercover big enough to do it in.)
     
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    Hi you could try warming both area and panel with a hot air gun - I do it that way if it wet/damp dry off with rag or paper towel the hot air gun or big blow torch :Smile:
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    cheep pop up tent with ground sheet cut out on top of van and hot air heater good luck :thumb:
     
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    You may find that day temperatures could exceed the forecasted ones as all weather forecasts qoute shade temperatures.
     
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    too cold

    It is too cold. You also need to ensure that your not bonding on to frost/ice. Try and leave it a few days as the temp is due to rise.
     
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    Use a product that is not so temperature sensitive
     
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    Dont forget to use the Sikaflex primer.

    If you cant get hold of any i would as a minimum clean both surfaces with solvent cleaner :thumb:

    I fitted mine when temperatures were lower than recommender. I think as long as you fit above +3 degrees and not in frosty conditions you will be ok.

    Protect from frost overnight with an old quilt or curtains.

    Good Luck.....Ralph
     
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    Well, I never knew that ... thanks for the info!:Cool:
     
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    Thanks for all the tips so far....

    Sikflex already purchased and ready to go and unfortunately finances restrict buying another product.
    The idea to cover the area is possible as I'm guessing the best bond will take 24 hours.
    Checked forecast temp today and was 7' max but never got over 2' even in the sun so there seems little to rely on.
    I may dig out an old gazebo thing out of our garage, cover top of van, warm and clean area and once done, cover with the old trusty blanket to keep any frost of - then test it.

    All this to try and get some energy if I ever get to a ski resort! Might just put another litre of petrol in the genny!
     
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    Personally I wouldn't risk it till the weather warms up. The possible downside is that the adhesive doesn't adhere properly then when you're trundling down the motorway at 60mph the panel comes off! You lose an expensive solar panel, risk damage to your motorhome and potentially cause a major road incident. Is it really worth that risk?

    D.
     
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    Oh and don't forget to let your insurance know about the new panel.:Wink:





    I'll get me coat ..........
     
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    Never thought about that, never seen or heard anybody ask the question.

    Where do you draw the line with what you tell them - I've put a ladder on the back, a cycle carrier and a roof rack, another LB, an Erbespacher heater and snow tyres - do I need to inform them of this sort of thing?
     
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    Anything you add that increases the value over what you stated it was worth when you first insured it
     
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    It was said somewhat tongue in cheek with regard to this thread here
     
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    My MH is 26 years old and only paid £1,650 for it so filling the tank with diesel adds 5% to it's value instantly. Where do you draw the line - I changed all the lights to SMD/LED's so that probably put it up by 3% or so on it - hard one to judge what to say but I take your point.
     
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    I see your angle now - just read that thread - a complex issue.

    As my van is 26 years old I cannot be sure if certain parts are from the original conversion or have been added since - so not sure how an insurance company would know either.
     
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