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Old 04-25-2010
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Alternatives to butly tape for bedding tracks

Hi All...

I know many here will tell me to use butyl tape and I agree it has its uses, but I just prefer to use something else to bed tracks. I know it was my own mustake, but the last time I bedded my traveler with it, I used too much and it got into the ball bearings of the car. Now I'm just not comfortable with it on tracks.

What I would really be more comfortable with is a sealant that cures while remaining elastic, so it is no longer sticky. I also want practically no adhesive properites or at least very little.

Before it was discontinued I might have used 3M 101, even though it was stronger than I would have liked. Now I am looking at Silkaflex 291 LOT. It has an adhesive strength os 120 psi which is more than I want but I can't seem to find a non-silicon sealant with less strength (that is, that is not an adhesive). The 291 LOT is fairly elastic, at 700% and has a good working time.

I would appreciate comments on how well it stands up to UV, how hard it really is to remove and so on.

Also, suggestions for other products would be appreciated. Ideally something that comes in a small tube. All I can find is small tubes seems to be 4000, 5000 and LifeCaulk.

Thanks very much...

Jim
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