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Old 10-30-2014, 07:40 AM   #1
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Treating rubber seals

Was applying some slide seal treatment spray yesterday and got to thinking that this must be easier (and less messy) some other way.
The stuff my DW bought last season is a foamy spray and there is no way that my aim is good enough to not manage to get it everywhere. Last fall I did the outside seal, used a pole with a piece of cloth rag on the end. I'd spray some on the cloth and quickly slather the stuff onto the seal. Not sure if I got a good coating on it all or not. Did the inside yesterday and just trying to spray the end of the pole I had a few miss sprays that required some quick swabbing of the muck off of walls and furniture. Again, wonder if I got a good coating where it was intended.
What do you use and how often?
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Old 10-30-2014, 08:50 AM   #2
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I use 303 Aerospace Protectant, once in the spring and fall.

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Cosmic Debris (boy, that has to have a tale behind it). I use the same method you use. Because I have slide awnings it makes it a little challenging to get protectant on all the seal. So I treat 3-4 times during the season. Perhaps I am missing something but I have never treated the interior of the rubber. The exterior rubber receives the most abuse with sun & elements so that's all I have ever treated.
I treat with Thetford slide out rubber protectant.
Since my rubber seals sometimes don't fold all the way out when the slide comes out, I use a yard stick (edges sanded to a nice round) and slide that between the rubber and the slide. Works pretty well.
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I had a spider web crack in my fiberglass. The dealer said it was from a screw that was over tightened. I never noticed it, but when it was in for warranty work, the technician noticed the crack. They called me and told me about it. They sent it out for repair. When I picked it up, I could not locate the repair at all.
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Cosmic Debris (boy, that has to have a tale behind it). .
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I use 303 Aerospace Protectant, once in the spring and fall.

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Are you able to just spray it on accurately? I'd be more likely to keep after the seals if the application wasn't like painting the ceiling with a long stick and spray on paint.
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Dealer told me to apply Vaseline by hand, need a ladder to reach top above slide out but otherwise a very non messy way.
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Dealer told me to apply Vaseline by hand, need a ladder to reach top above slide out but otherwise a very non messy way.
That's petroleum base (Vaseline=petroleum jelly) not a good idea on rubber. It can also collect dirt.
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That's petroleum base (Vaseline=petroleum jelly) not a good idea on rubber. It can also collect dirt.
There is an insert in our manuals regarding the slide seals and that was one of the products not to use. The list is long too!
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My dealer told me that baby powder was the only thing I should ever use. Anyone know if this is true?
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