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Old 08-22-2011, 01:36 PM   #1
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Sink Drain Culk

I have a 2011 26BH and recently the culk or silicone (I'm not sure what they used) in the kitchen sinks seems to have gone soft. It's now really sticky and actually comes off onto some of the dishes.

Has anyone else had any issues like this? I think a visit to the dealer may be in order once the season is done!

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Old 08-22-2011, 03:58 PM   #2
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Yes we have had the same issues and have placed sink mats to keep it off of the dishes talked to dealer with no results yet.
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Old 08-22-2011, 05:58 PM   #3
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Is it an off white color? If so, mine is starting to ooze out too.
Has yours started to leak? Mine hasn't, but I need to start watching it I guess.
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Thanks for the replies! I guess we're not alone.

Its a grayish color, but I can't honestly say what color it was originally or if you could even see it before.
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Old 08-22-2011, 07:12 PM   #5
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I have the same problem with the sticky putty oozing out and getting all over everything. I don't know what they used, but it's not regular plumbers putty. I'm thinking about disassembling mine, cleaning out the sticky stuff and resealing the drains with real plumbers putty.
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Old 08-22-2011, 07:36 PM   #6
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We have the same problem with the sticky grey putty around the kitchen sink drain. For us, it's been that way from day one (in the spring). I pondered why they would use that material, and the only thing I can come up with, is perhaps it stands up to road vibration better than regular plumbers putty.
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Old 08-22-2011, 07:49 PM   #7
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It's is like plumbers putty, it is used extensively in the unit.
I think it is a butyl tape
I "peeled" the excess off of my sink drains, dry finger the rub it off. Keep working at it eventually it will look decent.
The stuff turns black, due to dirt sticking to it. It is used on the outside where the side walls meet the front and back ends.
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Old 08-22-2011, 08:04 PM   #8
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Take the drain apart, clean off all of the butyl stuff, clean the surface with alcohol and put it back together using real plumber's putty. It's less than $2 at Home Depot and cheaper than a drive back to the dealer. They'll just redo it with the same cheap stuff. While you're at it, redo the bathroom sink and the shower drain if you can get to it. I doubt there is anything but bare wood under the shower.
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Old 08-22-2011, 08:38 PM   #9
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We have the same grey putty oozing out on ours. I noticed it more after using hot water. I'm guessing it's excess putty they used during assembly. It is sticky and does get all over the dishes if you let them touch it.

I planned to scrape away the excess with something that wont damage the sink. I do not plan to take apart the drain to get rid of it, unless the wife puts enough "pressure" on me to do it. I don't think it's a major issue, just an annoyance....

Rest assured you are not alone and I don't think it's worth your time going to the dealer unless you just wanted it documented... But I don't think it will cause you future troubles.

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Old 08-23-2011, 03:11 AM   #10
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I noticed the same with mine and thought , would they really use butyl tape. I scraped mine off and tightened the collar under the sink and it hasn't been a problem.
Has anyone bought or used the new drain attachment that replaces the p trap under your sink? It frees up space under the sink so you can get at the pots stored in the back behind all the plumbing. They advertise in Trailer Life and thought it would be a great mod. Also have any of you finished the cutlery drawers under the sink. I found it odd they were left unfinished. Just don't know if I want to stain them cherry and varnish them or paint them white. Leaning towards the white.
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