hatchback storage box silicone ?

hatchback storage box silicone ?

Postby webcat [OP] » February 9th 2011, 3:30am

I made a hatchback storage box thats accessible from the outside of the vehicle , its made of wood so i weatherproofed it and i'm planning on painting the box flat black and paint the louvers red before i install , my problem is i dont know what would be the best silicone to use between the wood and the vans metal door to keep the rain out?
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Re: hatchback storage box silicone ?

Postby Mr_Bowtie » February 9th 2011, 3:49am

Very interesting! You got a lot of cool ideas! :clap:
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Re: hatchback storage box silicone ?

Postby WoodButcher » February 9th 2011, 3:58am

I like using EPDM lap sealant for this kind of thing. I'd be interested in seeing more pics on this hatch, weathersripping of the door in particular.
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Re: hatchback storage box silicone ?

Postby webcat [OP] » February 9th 2011, 4:12am

WoodButcher wrote:I like using EPDM lap sealant for this kind of thing. I'd be interested in seeing more pics on this hatch, weathersripping of the door in particular.

I woud just use the rubber weather stripping that went around the hole for the window but its kinda thick and since i'm using (2) 1/4" pieces of plywood it would stick out to far so i was going to put a bead of silicone around the window hole instead.
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Re: hatchback storage box silicone ?

Postby WoodButcher » February 9th 2011, 4:47am

Never found a silicone I liked, the only thing I'll guarantee it sticks to is itself,, I've also read that it causes / promotes rust. If I was needing a clear there is a product called Geocel I've used, also a roofers product that adheres to everything I've tried. It is made for metal roofs.

http://www.geocelusa.com/php/oic/produc ... gory_id=30
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Re: hatchback storage box silicone ?

Postby webcat [OP] » February 9th 2011, 4:57am

Thats all i have for pictures right now .
It says its excellent adhesion to many building materials , thats what i'm looking for.
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Re: hatchback storage box silicone ?

Postby WoodButcher » February 9th 2011, 5:14am

No problem, I have seen it at home depot or lowes, can't recall which.
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Re: hatchback storage box silicone ?

Postby alexalexanders » February 10th 2011, 1:56am

Thats a pretty sweet idea!
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Re: hatchback storage box silicone ?

Postby webcat [OP] » February 12th 2011, 2:18am

WoodButcher wrote:No problem, I have seen it at home depot or lowes, can't recall which.

Do they keep it in the roofing department or paint department?
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Re: hatchback storage box silicone ?

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Re: hatchback storage box silicone ?

Postby WoodButcher » February 12th 2011, 3:00am

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WoodButcher wrote:No problem, I have seen it at home depot or lowes, can't recall which.

Do they keep it in the roofing department or paint department?

Not sure, sorry, I did happen to see it in a local hardware store today.
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Re: hatchback storage box silicone ?

Postby rev_les » February 12th 2011, 11:22am

Use non-acetic silicone, it doesn't cause rust ( no acid ) a local auto body supply should have it, if not, Crest supply, or CR Laurance should have it. Worst case, I'm road tripping to W Des Moines next month, I could bring you a tube of it. :mrgreen: ( My mother in law's moving here, I gotta help her out) !
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Re: hatchback storage box silicone ?

Postby webcat [OP] » February 13th 2011, 11:20am

The box goes on the inside of the van , the 1/4" piece of plywood with the square cut into it goes where the window use to be on the outside of the van and will have screws mounting it to the box .
The piece at the very top is another piece of 1/4" plywood but is solid instead of having a square cut into it and its there so the hinges at the top have something to mount to and also to give the louver rigidity because there made of very thin plastic.
when there closed it should be a very solid piece to protect it from wind and rain.
Also going to try and put struts on it to hold the door open but not sure how thats going to work out.
Should look pretty sweet after i get the louvers painted dark metalic toreador red
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Re: hatchback storage box silicone ?

Postby icebrrg3rd » February 14th 2011, 8:57pm

If the door is light, you might not want to put struts on it, as they might "push" too hard and deform the material. Maybe just a prop rod, that would be fairly easy to construct. Or maybe a table drop leaf hinge support. Those would auto lock open, but still be easy to close.
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Re: hatchback storage box silicone ?

Postby webcat [OP] » February 15th 2011, 1:24am

i'm gonna haveto work on the gap at the top , probally put bigger tubular seal on it
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Re: hatchback storage box silicone ?

Postby B-rad » February 19th 2011, 4:43am

Thats cool.. I been thinking about doing something like that with my side rear quorter widnows... They are just covered on the inside anyway and woud be awesome to have access on the outside like that on the sides! nice idea :banana:
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Postby AstroCan » February 19th 2011, 5:24am

So what are you going to use that box for?
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Postby webcat [OP] » February 22nd 2011, 6:32am

AstroCan wrote:So what are you going to use that box for?

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