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Old 05-25-2015, 08:21 PM   #1
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does mineral spirits damage gel coat fiberglass?

I did just a bit of caulking above a small window, and got some excess well above the seam. It doesn't look too bad but i'd like to remove the excess if I can. I was wondering about dabbing some mineral spirits on a rag and wiping it off. Will this damage the gel coat fiberglass or discolor it? I have the ivory colored fiberglass.
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Old 05-25-2015, 08:24 PM   #2
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no mineral spirits shouldn't hurt the gel coat ... you might put a little wax on the area afterwards as they might remove any wax you have on it
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Old 05-25-2015, 10:01 PM   #3
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I have paint thinner on hand. Is that the same as mineral spirits?
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Quote from Wikipedia
"A paint thinner is a solvent used to thin oil-based paints or clean up after their use. Commercially, solvents labeled "Paint Thinner" are usually mineral spirits having a flash point at about 40 C (104 F), the same as some popular brands of charcoal starter."
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What kind of caulk did you use?
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Old 05-26-2015, 06:51 PM   #6
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It's clear rv pro flex. It's just a small window up high and very hard to notice. Tend to get overly fussy; if i can make it look better great, if not oh well it'll be ok
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Yeah ,paint thinner is the same as mineral spirits. Maybe a little diluted depending on the brand. It wont bother gel-coat. Just wipe it off
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When I got my rig a couple of months ago a bunch of the caulking was a real mess, especially around the three marker lights in the back. Mineral spirits fixed it up with the greatest of ease. Hurray for you for using the right caulking.
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