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Old 10-11-2017, 05:32 PM   #1
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This is how fast you can develop a roof leak

Did my last inspection and some caulking at the end of August before our last trip.
Pulled it out last night for an upcoming trip and decided to wash the roof and spotted this. So in less than 6 weeks somehow the caulk bubbled and broke loose. I did pull a little away to make sure there was no water underneath. Fortunately there is a layer under neath that, but I was surprised how fast something can go south. Check those roofs!!

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An excellent RV Public Service Announcement!

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Old 10-12-2017, 01:43 AM   #3
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Thanks for the heads up. However, prep is 90% of any roof repair/maintenance and that caulk under the hole sure looks dirty. I will be coating my roof this winter and will probably spend 2/3 of my effort on prep.
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Sealant is great but as you said, constant maintenance. July 20th of next year...Eternabond!

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Thanks for the heads up. However, prep is 90% of any roof repair/maintenance and that caulk under the hole sure looks dirty. I will be coating my roof this winter and will probably spend 2/3 of my effort on prep.
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That was actually a before picture, I did clean it up prior to caulking.
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Some cleaning solutions leave a residue. Maybe some kind of "paint thinner" ??? or something others here have use. I have not cleaned a roof in years so really do not know on this.
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I wouldn't touch that roof with any harsh chemicals. Did a simple green scrub. Any caulk over old caulk gets cleaned with an alcohol wipe, sticks like mad.
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Don't know what's in it, but I went over the whole roof with Dicor roof cleaner, then Dicor roof treatment after I got home following Hurricane Harvey.



If I had to guess, it was like Dawn soap, then an ArmourAll type product. But I went with the brand name stuff for their reputation.



Happy with the results. Felt like rubber and looked healthy again.
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If you google "TPO Chemical resistance" or "EPDM Chemical resistance" you can get charts on what's safe and unsafe to use.
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