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Old 10-19-2011, 12:31 AM   #1
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I am replacing deteriorated wood on parts of an exterior window frame. Sealing against moisture is critical of course. I was planning to use 100% silicone sealant for everything. Is there anything better?

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OSI Quad.

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Agreed with the Quad. Vulkem is another choice. You want a polyurethane based caulk, not silicone.
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A comment from experience with polyurethane caulk/glue:

Wear gloves!

This stuff doesn't wash off with soap and water--- nor any other liquid I've tried. It will wear off as the skin wears off. Your hands will be like new in
10 -15 days.
Forewarned is forearmed.

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I am replacing deteriorated wood on parts of an exterior window frame. Sealing against moisture is critical of course. I was planning to use 100% silicone sealant for everything. Is there anything better?

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What are you sealing? If you're replacing wood, you want to prime all sides before you install it. After it's installed, paint it with a high quality paint. The caulk you use should also be paintable.
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This stuff doesn't wash off with soap and water--- nor any other liquid I've tried.
Cleans up nicely with mineral spirits.

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It will wear off as the skin wears off. Your hands will be like new in 10 -15 days.
Only 2 or 3 days if you keep picking at it.
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If only I could get it off of my shirt and pants...
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Yeah!
If you don't hit it with Mineral Spirits - Right Away! - too late!
(Quad - Polyurethane, based - etc.)
Don't get it in your hair!
Clothes? - forget it!
(Part of your clothes, will be waterproof)

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Cleans up nicely with mineral spirits
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If you do it immediately. If it sets up at all, or if you get you hands wet with water, it's a whole new ball game.

I did some "googling" and found this set of posts. It is related to PL Premium, which is what I was using, but I think it applies to most polyurethane products.

http://billfitzmaurice.info/forum/vi...bd83dda055ac5e

Note: The latex gloves doesn't seem to be a popular solution.
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Polyurethane ("PL") works very well!
However; sticks to almost, everything!
(Sure does stick to me!)

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I always try to have a thinner soaked rag at my side when using the stuff.

If I have a lot of caulking to do at the end of the day I end up smelling like diesel fuel. Nice trade off for clean hands.

A painters clothes are covered in paint mine are covered in poly gack. What are you going to do? When you buy the stuff by the case thereís no way youíre not going to ware some of it.

Never could tool the stuff worth a $hit with gloves on. Canít roll nails fast enough with gloves either.
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Yeah! "kwiK"!
Carried MS Spirits - Lacquer Thinner - in my truck -
Never had enough time to use them!
(I'm 3 - 4 - 5 stories? - ain't getting down!)

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("tooling" it with gloves - probably not!)

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