Here's how to fix up a few minor problems...
You will need:
Clean rags and a solvent (such as acetone)
Paintbrush or putty knife
Fibreglass resin - gutter sealant
Scissors or tin snips
Wire brush or abrasive paper
Fibreglass or metal patch
Pop rivets and rivet gun (for metal patches)
1. Clean area with a wire brush or abrasive paper.
Wipe area with solvent and allow to dry.
Cut a patch to cover the area plus 50mm all around if using fibreglass, 50mm longer for a metal patch.
See below for information on A.B.E Cold Laykold Tape.
2. For a fibreglass patch, apply a thin coat of mixed resin to the gutter with a paintbrush, as shown.
Be careful not to touch the resin.
For a metal patch, spread a 3mm layer of sealant with a putty knife.
3. Press patch into adhesive with a rag. Fibreglass – apply a thin coat of resin over patch, wait 24 hours, sand, and apply another coat.
Metal – rivet patch both ends; spread sealant over edges and let dry.
Super Laykold Tape is a bitumen aluminum self-adhesive waterproofing tape used to patch up gutter repairs. The peel-and-stick design is easy to use and quick to apply to a clean, sound surface that is dry and free of any grease, oils and loose materials and you will find the product at your local Builders Warehouse or Builders Express store.
This self-adhesive aluminum tape is also great for DIY projects. The metal tape can be used for various decorative projects - handy to have!
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