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BigSkyTrailerGuy

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Removing remnants of Lap sealant from EPDM roofing?
« on: September 01, 2017, 04:19:04 PM »
What's safe to use on EPDM to loosen the old lap Sealant?  I've heard mineral spirits, but that seems to make things a bit sticky.

Also, how obsessive should I be about removing every trace of the old Lap sealant before resealing?
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Gods Country

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Re: Removing remnants of Lap sealant from EPDM roofing?
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2017, 04:28:56 PM »
You don't need to remove any of it unless its really loose or peeling up.  Just clean it real good per the instructions.
I use Dicor roof cleaner with a soft brush and rinse it well. Let dry and reseal.  Lap sealant will adhere to itself.

donn

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Re: Removing remnants of Lap sealant from EPDM roofing?
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2017, 05:00:38 PM »
If you do have bad spots, a plastic scraper is the safest wwy.  Just be careful as you canmeasily lift the roof membrain with little effort.  Clean the surface and reseal as necessary.

Gary RV_Wizard

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Re: Removing remnants of Lap sealant from EPDM roofing?
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2017, 05:38:07 PM »
If you heat a putty knife or similar flat blade, you can slice through the accumulated sealant fairly easily. Mineral spirits, applied with a dampened cloth, can be used to remove residue but its not a method for gross removal. A hair dryer or heat gun is suitable for heating a blade.

As others have stated, it is not necessary in most cases to remove all old sealant. Get rid of any loose stuff and clean away dirt and mold (bleach and water), then coat over it. 
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BigSkyTrailerGuy

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Re: Removing remnants of Lap sealant from EPDM roofing?
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2017, 06:22:48 PM »
Terrific.  I had pretty good luck in the hot sun earlier, just rolling and peeling away much of the old stuff.
Gracias, folks.

 

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