The squished out butyl tape didn't trim as neatly as I'd hoped. I tried the putty knife, but finally settled on a flathead screwdriver. I'd love suggestions on how others do this!
After that I used the best option I had on hand to protect the butyl tape - which was a white latex caulk. Hmm. It's old and and seems to set up more quickly than I think it should. Best to use a clear next time (and note to self - don't be cheap - just get some new stuff) - then I can get a thicker line and not be so fussy about cleaning it up:
And, the final - sadly it is fuzzy and I've already tarped Juno back up (Lakota is sending us his high winds tonight), but hopefully you can get the gist of it cleaned up:
Then I tackled the license plate. That required a trip to the hardware store as the bolts to the plate itself were rusty and when I went to replace them found out I didn't have any short enough. Whether for good or bad I purchased a little set of nylon screws and washers specifically for license plates - they were pretty. Yes, men cringe when I squeal "oooh that's so cute" in Ace. I used to worry about such things, and always wore my boots to the store and acted like I knew what I was doing, but I'm too old now to care :-).
I already had purchased stainless replacement screws - again a #8 and this time, down to a #6 for a smaller hole. I figured out from cleaning things up, I needed the butyl tape in two places - both against the rv skin, and then between the light housing and the plate hardware:
And the final. I did not utilize the loctite here, only because I was struggling to figure out how to determine where the holes where underneath the butyl and forgot. Again, one screw tightened to a full stop. So this repair is in the same boat as the light. I'll be watching it and see how it holds up:
Feel free to comment and criticize away! How else am I gonna learn? I will say this was a pleasant way to spend a sunny morning. Not so pleasant was crawling under the RV after that to try to identify where the stink is coming from. But I'm saving that for a discussion as I have more questions!!