Did your VWD primer come in the original Sika container (looks like it is metal and is date stamped)? Or was it re-packaged? I had seen someone mention that the re-packaging might be part of the problem with it being dried up or gelled. Since you have received some from VWD I wanted to double check with you in case that was wrong.Van windows direct sells it for $15 and ships fast if you can’t find a local solution.
It was repackaged So I’m guessing that is the problem.Did your VWD primer come in the original Sika container (looks like it is metal and is date stamped)? Or was it re-packaged? I had seen someone mention that the re-packaging might be part of the problem with it being dried up or gelled. Since you have received some from VWD I wanted to double check with you in case that was wrong.
Photo is of Sika 207 primer in original container (this is a small one; it also comes in larger similar containers):
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Had I known about this I would have ordered it before getting my windows and have it on hand.Thanks for that, Brandon. I didn't want to misspeak since I had not ordered it myself. I've seen this happen repeatedly (youtube, now here) and I would guess most people would be willing to pay more for the "real" Sika 207 because who wants to have this sort of frantic problem halfway into the job?
One couple had made all their window cutouts (six windows), then halfway through found their VWD primer dried up (one container had been slightly gelled but they thought okay; the next one was unusable). They had to try to cover the window holes with plastic while they waited for some 207 they ordered online to arrive. After they got the new stuff they then worried about whether the first container had even done the job properly on the first windows (once they saw the different texture of the new 207).
I mean, now I know so I would just order some separately. But still.
Kudos to @Noah Jensen for reaching out and saving the day
The jelling issues was one one bottle opened 3 weeks ago and one sealed bottle from VWD that I opened to use yesterday and it was bad.They repackage / white label the primer. I have opened several new bottles and there were no red flags. I don’t have any reason to believe that they will be less effective.
The jelling issue was on resuse. So maybe their plastic bottles don’t seal air tight.
I have no complaints about the AMA windows. Just think they should use a better bottling method. The bottle I got was opened 2 years ago and sealed back up and the stuff looked better than the first bottle I got from VWD and that bottle was only 1 month old.In my case I had ordered the window months before I got the van last summer. The van kept getting delayed. Never opened the bottle until I used it. It was gelled but I made it work.
Emailed the company and they replied, “Oh yes, those bottles have a shelf life of only a couple of months.”
Well they could have said something. They must have a big vat of the stuff and make a bunch of little bottles. Works for them I guess. Other than that I have no complaints and love the window. It’s water tight so far and no leaks. It’s been 8 months.