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Old 10-12-2009, 09:32 AM   #1
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Treat your roof??

Does anyone do anything to "treat" your coach roof?? Like waxing, sealing, whatever??
Suggestion was made to me due to white streaking off the back of the coach.
Never thought of it.
Thanks.
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Old 10-12-2009, 12:36 PM   #2
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Believe it or not, the guy who details my coach in Indio during the winter says he sponge mops Glo-coat on the roofs of coaches! I have been having him do it to mine once a year and it seems to work fine.
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Old 10-12-2009, 01:06 PM   #3
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David,

Just a thought...we had "white streaking" off the back of our '05. When I investigated, I found it was actually fiberglass powder due to our spoiler being loose and rubbing against the fiberglass body. It had actually rubbed a hole in the body.
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Old 10-12-2009, 01:11 PM   #4
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Eventually bare gelcoat will oxidize in the sun and we will see significant amounts of glass fiber in the surface. I don't know if early models had painted roofs, but later ones don't, just bare gelcoat. A good linear polyurethane paint will last about 10 years and with proper thinning can be brush applied.
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Old 10-12-2009, 04:37 PM   #5
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WRV choose not to paint the roof, for the same reason that they didn't offer ladders for so long. I was told that they were worried about owners slipping while on the roof. I plan to paint my roof when I get the chance. Right now I just wash it.
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All,
I have wondered about this issue, and we have washed it once a year, usually during our spring maintenance session before camping season. Now that we are retired, I will still do the spring session, and wash it, but it seems to cover it with something might be a good idea.

EM-Are you going to "pull everything off" or just paint the area you can get too?

Dale - What are you thinking on using for your roof? I think I remember the navy putting down real thick paint and then throwing some washed clean sand on it so you have traction on the surface. Thoughts?
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Old 10-13-2009, 09:45 AM   #7
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Some Alpiner (can't remember who) told me he occasionally applies Protectall, which stops the streaking. (For whatever such a feeble testimonial is worth).
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Old 10-13-2009, 11:40 AM   #8
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I used protectall on my 5th wheel and it removed the water streaks from the sides. I also used the roof cleaner and treatment on my rubber roof and it reduced the streaks down to only the gutter lines and they were not as bad as before when not using it. I recommend it highly.

I have not thought to use it on the roof, but that would be a lot of polishing, to get it worked in. It would work, but only for a couple of months at best. I believe we are all looking for a longer term solution.

I use it now on the plastic parts of all my vehicles, as it cleans them well, shines them up and protects them nicely. It also makes removing the bugs easier.

I have been tempted to put it on my front windshield to shed water and make it easier for the wipers to go across, but have not tried that yet. There are other products which do that.
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Old- I've developed a very precise plan in regard to painting the roof. It will involve intense study of the available paints & thinners, types of brushes & masking methods, but probably most of all- Herculean Procrastination. Once the H.P. is fully accomplished, I'll get more detailed.
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I used Protect-All on the windshield of my MH for 4 years, works great. It deflects the dust, makes the wipers wipe smoothly and it is much easier to clean off the bugs. We now use it after we clean the windows on our house. We live close to the Ocean and if we do it every couple of years, the salt spray just rinses off with the hose and does not leave any water spots. On the windshield, get a rag really wet and put a little of the protect-all on the rag. Wipe the window down to get it really wet and then just dry and buff it off with a soft towel. Does not require much elbow grease. At my age, my grease is starting to dry up!
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EM - if you ever get tired of working out all the bugs on these coaches, you could always write comedy, as you always put a happy spin on any of your posts, and all are enjoyable to read.
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I used Protect-All on the windshield of my MH for 4 years, works great. It deflects the dust, makes the wipers wipe smoothly and it is much easier to clean off the bugs. We now use it after we clean the windows on our house. We live close to the Ocean and if we do it every couple of years, the salt spray just rinses off with the hose and does not leave any water spots. On the windshield, get a rag really wet and put a little of the protect-all on the rag. Wipe the window down to get it really wet and then just dry and buff it off with a soft towel. Does not require much elbow grease. At my age, my grease is starting to dry up!
Jim,

Really interesting use of ProtectAll! I would LOVE to make washing the bugs off the windshield easier... they seem to be made mostly of SuperGlue!

I'm wondering if Aerospace 303 Protectant (which I've already got a gallon jug of down below) would work the same way? Seems like 303 and ProtectAll are marketed for most (if not all of the same) uses. Anyone out there use Aerospace 303 using Jim's technique? Did it work?

May just have to try it out. But it'll have to wait for the rain to stop.
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I have used The Solution, a waterless washing product, to clean the front cap including the windows. It does seem to make it easier to remove the bugs. Have not used ProtectAll but see no reason it would not work in a similar fashion. You can always give it a try. Doug
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I have been cleaning my roof yearly with soft scrub and then mopping on Protect-all. Last several months. I have oak trees above my drive way and it seems the debris can actually penetrate stains in the Protect-all and then into the roof. I am tired of scrubbing and loosing gel coat protection. I am ready to paint mine with something. How about a silver roof paint to reflect heat?
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