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The Application Procedure of Silicone Weatherproof Sealant

The Application Procedure of Silicone Weatherproof Sealant

In the recent Baiyun online article, Baiyun Chemical Expert Group introduced how to properly select silicone weather-proofing sealant. I believe that you have a certain understanding of the correct selection of silicone weather-proofing sealant, and you will choose “good sealant” according to the actual situation. However, if a silicone weather-proofing sealant with excellent performance is selected, the construction process cannot be guaranteed, and it may not perform as it should. Therefore, the selection of “good sealant” also requires “useful” sealant, and the construction process is also very important. This issue of Baiyun Online will introduce the construction process of weather resistant sealant.
I. Preparation and requirements before construction
The silicone weatherproof sealant should be used in an environment with a temperature of 4 to 40 ° C and a relative humidity of 40% to 80%. It cannot be applied during rain or snow. When the temperature and humidity are outside the above range, it is necessary to do a small area sealant test before construction to confirm whether it can be constructed. At the same time, the following preparations should be made before construction: adhesion and compatibility tests should be carried out on the materials in contact with the silicone weather-proofing sealant; confirm whether the selected silicone weather-proofing sealant meets the seam design requirements and whether it is within the warranty period.

 

Construction process

1.Cleaning substrate

Solvent recommendation: ethyl alcohol, acetone, isopropanol, dimethyl benzene. Method: "two-cloth" cleaning method  consists of a solvent wipe followd by a dry cloth wipe to lift and remove the solvent and contaminants suspended in the sovent. Next step should be done in 60 minutes or it will be cleaned again.

2.Priming

 It is confirmed based on the adhesion test result whether or not the primer is required. If necessary, apply the primer solution as required, apply a thin and uniform primer solution on the surface of the substrate to be bonded, and apply the sealant within 5 minutes after the primer is applied to ensure the best bonding effect.

3.Sealant joint preparation

Generally: the foam wall of the curtain wall is filled with closed cells. The diameter of the foam rod should be slightly larger than the width of the sealant joint (20%~25%), so that it can be fixed in the sealant joint to ensure the depth of the sealant joint. When filling the foam rod, avoid damage to it, so as not to deflate it, resulting in air bubbles in the sealant.
A protective tape is attached to the panels on both sides of the sealant to prevent the sealant from contaminating the panel surface during trimming.

 

 

Finished sealant joint picture

 

4. Filling Sealant

 Component silicone weather-proofing sealant can be extruded directly from plastic or sausage-type packaging using manual or pneumatic sealant gun.

 

 

 

Filling Picture

 

5. Tooling

You should tool after finishing filling. Scrape and level off the sealant with a cutter. Tooling forces the sealant against the spacer and the joint surfaces. Then remove the protective tape attached to the lower plate

6. Conservation
In the early stage of sealant curing, the sealant joint should be prevented from being greatly deformed by external factors, so as to avoid unevenness or even cracking of the surface of the sealant joint.
The above is the construction process of our recommended silicone weatherproofing sealant. The Baiyun Chemical Expert Group once again emphasizes the selection of the products. After selecting the good products, we must pay attention to the construction process! No matter how good the sealant is, there is a problem with the construction process and it can't get its proper performance! In the next issue of Baiyun Online, we will introduce the quality control of the construction process of weatherproof sealant, so stay tuned!