This gooey stuff had been used on the jack brackets, lower siding trim, and the floor pack trim front and rear. Heat and scraping seemed to be the best way to remove it. I tried a few solvents, WD-40 worked well without removing paint.
I spent quite a bit of time trying to remove the squeeze out from the siding, but it was a losing battle. The wood-grain texture made it impossible, the heat gun was affecting the paint. Of course that didn't matter under the brackets, but the mess spread out as I tried in vain to remove it. As I looked around at the various dents and dings and goo, I made a new plan.
At least I knew the jack brackets weren't leaking, but the upper corner trim was. As it turned out, all four corners had been leaking. The trim around the liner was not leaking, this camper was built around the time FWC changed the procedure for the liner installation, apparently for the better. There was also leaks where the awning was mounted, I hadn't removed the awning to check that out yet.
So, my new plan was to replace the siding from the thin gray stripe on down. Git rid of the goo and save many hours of time it would take to clean it up, fix dents, try to repaint it.
I contacted FWC a couple of times, but didn't get an answer on siding price or availability. So, I called ATC and spoke with Jeff about the siding they use. Jeff told me yep, it'll work, there are a few differences.
1) The seam is formed slightly different, an "S"-bend as opposed to a "Pittsburg" seam
2) The height of individual sections are different.
3) Pattern is similar (Mesa-Valley), but sized differently.
4) Embossed texture is "Pebbles" vs "Cedar wood-grain"
5) No Gray Stripe available!! They don't do stripes.
I started planning a road trip . . .
Edited by wuck, 09 May 2016 - 04:03 PM.