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Posted: 09/09/19 12:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Another vote for edge trim. This is intended for use on metal or fiberglass edges. Very tough stuff. Won't come off until you remove it. No heat issue, no adhesive residue, looks professional.

This is the product I've used on my projects:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KG9BAY0/

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Thank you, all of you!

I did look at Edge trim first, but because the removed roof was a dual-layer, I would need a total of about 80 feet, which gets awfully expensive.

If I use tape, I would use a 2-inch wide tape and tape over both edges with one piece of tape, sealing in the space between them. This would be a good thing for me because I have allergies, and it's difficult to clean in that space, which Narrows down to nothing. On the other hand there is a condensation issue.

Digging through my tool junk (which I probably should have done in the first place) I do have a large roll of foil tape. I could try it. It wouldn't cost money :-). But as someone pointed out, it would not breathe. It also wouldn't look that great....

I might still be looking for the perfect solution


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Posted: 09/09/19 03:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just a thought, maybe use your foil tape & poke a hole in it every so often for breathability. It would certainly reduce the amount of dust that travels in & out going from a large gap to a few small holes.

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+1 for the foil tape. It is duct tape in reality. They use it on HVAC systems, so you can get it at Homedept probably. I used some to tape around my hot water chimney at home. Not sure if that was right but it is holding up well.

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I have some foil duct tape that says it's good to 250F.


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Naio,

Eternabond has one issue. The "edges" are sticky and dirt collects on the edges. Yes, you could caulk the edges.

I'm a fan of closed cell foam. It has a good R value which should cut down on condensation.

I wish you had included a picture--I really can't get my brain around what you are trying to fix.


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pianotuna wrote:

I wish you had included a picture--I really can't get my brain around what you are trying to fix.


Yeah, it's really hard to describe. I'm not at the van right now, but I did a little web search and here is a pretty good picture.

You can see how the roof he is cutting has two layers. Those two layers are both exposed on the inside of my van. They come together at the van gutter, so the space between the two layers diminishes down to nothing and a lot of crud gets in there. Pollen and stuff.

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Fill with white polyurethane sealant
Then cap/cover with with plastic trim molding

Something like this 'U' shaped rubber trim

https://www.amazon.com/White-small-0-375-height-0-093/dp/B01DCJBJZU


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Since you will only be doing this once, I'd suggest the best quality materials you can find.

This is not a time to use "as good as".

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I really appreciate CapnCampn pointing out that I can just perforate non breathable tape, so I don't need to worry about the breathability issue.

I don't think I want to fill the space with anything. This is the same area of the van that landyacht was talking about one time on his van, where the two layers of the roof come together with the wall and the whole business is sort of pleated together with the gutter.

He said it's a major origination point for rust, on vans with raised roofs, because the caulking around the edge of the new roof tends to fill the gutter and water doesn't flow properly.

I tried to shape my caulking well, so that water would still flow, but it's possibly not ok-but-not-great. Anyway, water gets between the many layers of metal and doesn't have a path to evaporate.

That's why I'm thinking about covering the whole area with breathable fabric when I have time. Or maybe even wrap it with wood! But now I just need something so that I can travel and not shake the summer's accumulation of allergens into the air.

When I get to the point of doing the permanent covering, I could poke a whole ton of holes in the tape, or cut it away.

Whatever happened to landy, anyway? He was such a nice guy.

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