December 22, 2009

DAP Seal 'N Peel Removable Weatherstrip Caulk - Review

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To say our house is 'drafty' is a bit of an understatement. To say that there's actually turbulence at head level is more like it. In the summer it's easy to get all misty-eyed over the ancient windows filled with their wiggly, wavy old panes of glass. In the winter though, those windows are nothing less than the enemy. The other night, we were walking around taking temperature readings with the digital laser thermometer and one of our windowsills read a balmy 38 degrees (keep in mind, this is on the inside of the house). Think about that for a second. It's insane. We actually can't think about it for any longer than a second or we get heart palpitations.

dap_peel_seal_pull.jpgSo enter DAP, a company nice enough to send us a tube of their new Seal N Peel removable weatherstrip caulk. The principal of the product is simple; caulk it in along open joints in windows, doors, wherever there's a draft, and come spring, just peel it off. It's a nice fine line that DAP is walking here, a caulk that's sticky enough to stick but at the same time, unsticky enough to be easily pulled off months later.

We had a big red flag go up when we saw that the tube was labeled, "vanilla scent." The only reason a product like this would have an vanilla scent would be if it needed to mask a horrific chemical smell, leading to one of two outcomes: 1) in order to hide the odor, the vanilla is intensely powerful or 2) the vanilla doesn't work and the nasty chemical smell is unavoidable. Before opening the tube, we checked the reviews over at Amazon and saw that a few people were complaining about the fumes.

dap_peel_seal_bead.jpgSo we cut the tube and went to work, expecting to be lightheaded within minutes. We're not sure if we were anticipating the worse, but it's really not that bad. Is it a smell we want made into an aftershave? Probably not. But were we running for the door in a HazMat suit? Not at all.

From what we experienced the product works great. We did a couple windows and completely stopped the drafts. The snout of the tube is extra long so getting into odd spots was easy. We also dropped a few beads on a piece of pine to test how easy the Seal 'N Peel is to remove. It comes up like a charm. The packaging does say, though, that after a year, it gets more difficult to remove.

Seal 'N Peel goes for about $6 a tube. It's a small price to pay for stopping the wind through the dining room.

At Amazon.com

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Recent Comments

interesting product, I just got done bout a week or so ago getting the entire house shrinkwrapped with frostking and ducktape shrink film window kits. Makes a huge difference. If I knew about this stuff I would have used it on some odd windows.


Posted by: Kevin at December 23, 2009 3:26 AM

I've been using moretite caulking cord to do the same thing - but I'll have to give this a try. The moretite can get a little tedious to smoosh into tight places and is a bit more difficult to remove than this sounds.

Though, no vanilla scent or noxious fumes with caulking cord.. deal breaker? possibly. i love me some fumes.


Posted by: Paul at December 22, 2009 8:17 AM
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