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What sealant (replacing external power socket) 2 weeks 3 days ago #440207

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Hi All,

I managed to leave the external power socket cover flap open on my Bailey Pageant S5- and somewhere on the M5 the wind took it off, beaking the hinges at the housing.

I've sourced a new entire housing and door, and am happy fitting it- but I'm wondering if I need to use a specific sealant type (as oppose to just using silicone, which would be my default)?

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Jules.
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What sealant (replacing external power socket) 2 weeks 3 days ago #440210

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W4 Mastic sealing strip is available in various lengths on Ebay. I found a helpful YouTube video (actually replacing a water inlet) that might be worth a viewing using the W4 tape - Look up 'Replacing a Truma Water Inlet'. Incidentally did you purchase the more recent replacement inlet with sliding cover that saves the 'blowing in the wind' effect if the flap type is not fully closed before travel!
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What sealant (replacing external power socket) 2 weeks 3 days ago #440211

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Thanks I'll have a look at that stuff. The video is informative. I particularly liked the "Haynes manual" style of glossing over what I suspect looks like the tricky part- removing the old mastic. The vid started off with shed loads of really sticky looking mastic left on the van once he'd cut out the part, then a quick cut to "remove old mastic" that already had 90% of it removed and he gave it a bit of a rub with a sponge that appeared to do nothing to the remaining mastic! Is soapy water the best thing for getting it off or is a solvent useful?

This is the part Bailey recommended, I'm happy to go along with that in the absence of alternative advice.

www.bailey-parts.co.uk/product/1150020
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What sealant (replacing external power socket) 2 weeks 3 days ago #440213

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You remove all the old mastic left on the 'van using a plastic scraper, white spirit and a cloth. You then wipe over with meths to remove any residue from the white spirit.

You are then ready to fit the new one!
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What sealant (replacing external power socket) 2 weeks 3 days ago #440215

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Cool, I expected there was more to it than the chap videoed!

Might reseal the fridge vent cover whilst I'm at it, it's been getting a bit loose and I've bought 5M of the stuff.
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What sealant (replacing external power socket) 2 weeks 3 days ago #440220

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That's exactly what I did! Bought 5m and ended up doing toilet door, battery box etc. Worth knowing it's done :-)
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What sealant (replacing external power socket) 2 weeks 3 days ago #440240

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After taking off the awning rails recently and resealing with this sealant, I had tubes left which I used to do the outside locker doors, toilet door and all truma housings. Great stuff and cheaper than the sikaflex 512. Be careful not to mark outside of the area which is to be resealed when removing the old tape / sealant :angry: gives a nice finish to the job once the excess has been removed.

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What sealant (replacing external power socket) 2 weeks 22 hours ago #440302

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biley_adam wrote:
You remove all the old mastic [using] white spirit and a cloth. You then wipe over with meths to remove any residue from the white spirit.
Does white spirit leave a residue? I have used it for cleaning for years and it had never occured to me that it did not wipe/evaporate completely away. This afternoon I was using it to clean up a photographic flashgun I got from ebay (must have been a sticky label on it once) and I was particularly looking at the smooth black plastic under a bright light to check it was completely clean and saw nothing remaining, but I'm prepared to be wrong.
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What sealant (replacing external power socket) 2 weeks 11 hours ago #440318

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Where I'm looking for a clean surface to stick something to I always us meths or isopropanol after using white spirit or sticky stuff remover.
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What sealant (replacing external power socket) 2 weeks 10 hours ago #440324

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I have just had to reseal one of my rails, I used W4 mastic to reseat the rail on then used Sikaflex 512 to seal round the rail giving a cleaner smoother finish and hopefully stop the dirty edges that only using mastic ends up with.
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