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Old 11-14-2005, 12:09 PM
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Seam Sealer Substitutes??

Hello All,

I am going to say first of all, I am not a body guy. With that out of the way, my question is as follows. Are there any reasonably priced substitutes for the pricey seam sealers on the market?

My class and I are putting a radiator support on a 93 Toyota pick up. We have welded it back in to the inner fenders and now I was wondering if we could use a premium silicon based caulk, like you would on a house. Is that an option and would there be any harm in doing so?

The way I see it a couple of tubes of clear silicon, no problem, I mean its not like anyone is ever going to see it.

Any info on this would be great, and some suggestions also.

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Old 11-14-2005, 12:49 PM
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I guess I missed the point. If no one is going to see it what are you using the body putty on. You can use seam sealer or even house caulk but are you going to try and paint it. Some additional information would be helpdul.
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Silicone based caulks can cause lots of paint problems.
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Old 11-14-2005, 01:41 PM
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IMO-Clean your weld areas (these are a structural part of the car) and then apply a good quality bare metal primer, follow that up with 3M Ultrapro MSP seamsealer then paint. You don't want these areas to start rusting even if they can't be seen once assembled. This seamsealer is far more economical than the two component varieties but very user friendly and very high quality.
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Old 11-14-2005, 01:50 PM
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You are right.
I meant seam sealer around the welded panels. Yes, seam sealer is what I want to know about. The silicon for your windows etc say that their paintable.
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1k seam sealer like bob said shouldn't be all that much more then a silicone caulk and paint will stick to it if needed. Dynatron is pretty cheap, like maybe around 5 bucks for a tube of it.
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