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Old 04-28-2012, 11:40 AM   #1
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I have a 2000 Tradewinds, model 7373 and it is time to take it out of mothballs, clean and wax the exterior, and wash the top. My question is: what kind of top do i have? Rubber, fiberglass, or something else. If there is someone who can help not only with the material on top, but after that ,what is the best product to clean and preserve it. Thanks, Rivrduk
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Old 04-28-2012, 01:14 PM   #2
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You probably have a EDPM Rubber Roof. One way to check is to remove the Shroud from one of the roof vents and look for the rubber folded into the opening, look at the attached picture.


If you have a Rubber Roof this set of products do a good job of cleaning it up.
Rubber Roof Cleaner - Protect All

Here is a link to some pictures of my roof using Protectall, cost was around $35 and a couple hours work.

https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=ae67f...2766057%212579

Post some pictures of the new Decals when you get them installed.

Good Luck

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If it's hard, it's fiberglass. If your fingernail will gently leave an impression, it's rubber.
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Old 05-04-2012, 11:04 AM   #4
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My 98 Tradewinds roof is EPDM rubber and it's now 14 years old and in need of a major re-coating. I've done a lot of research and I'm now ready to re-coat it with Liquid Rubber from EDPM Coatings. It's a "one coat" process, simple to apply and does not require any special preparation except for cleaning with soap and water. It is a bit expensive....$77.00 a gallon and my coach will require 7 gallons to do the job. It's guaranteed for 5 years but it is expected to last for 10 years. Their website is a wealth of information and application videos. Rook

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I'm with Rook.... this summers project is tires and replacing a/c shrouds/vent covers/skylight and coating the roof. "Serenata" had a new EPDM membrane installed 7 yr ago and it's time to freshen it up as it gets grey and dingy looking quickly......
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Liquid Rubber Roof

Just did our 1998 Dolphin roof. Used 1 gallon to trim in and 5 gallons to do the rest. Had a peanut butter jar full left over and put it in the freezer. Took one day to prep and a hard day in the sun but it does look good. A few bubbles but the web site said give it 2-5 week to work out. We Etherbond taped all joints before LR. We used Liquid Rubber and not Liquid Roof. Saved a little money
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I'm waiting to see how mine holds up as we found a crack in the fiber glass roof of my Tradewinds and the insurance company replaced it to the tune of $7500.It was replaced with a PVC roof material which is s'posed to be very little maintainence and NO black streaks.There is a special cleaner in a spray bottle that you can use once a year,but basically a good wash job will suffice.
I do have a bit of a problem with black streaks now,but they are the remainents of the 50 mile trip on the hook of a monster tow truck from where the tailpipe tried to lite the back end on fire to the repair shop in Grants Pass Oregon. That guy did a real job with the soot from his twin exhaust pipes.
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I'm waiting to see how mine holds up as we found a crack in the fiber glass roof of my Tradewinds and the insurance company replaced it to the tune of $7500.It was replaced with a PVC roof material which is s'posed to be very little maintainence and NO black streaks.There is a special cleaner in a spray bottle that you can use once a year,but basically a good wash job will suffice.
I do have a bit of a problem with black streaks now,but they are the remainents of the 50 mile trip on the hook of a monster tow truck from where the tailpipe tried to lite the back end on fire to the repair shop in Grants Pass Oregon. That guy did a real job with the soot from his twin exhaust pipes.
I wonder if it's BriteTek? If so it's a very good product, we have it on our '02 DSDP and have had no troubles with it. Still looks almost like new and I could clean it better and then it would look new. Still have to check the sealant, but you have to do that with a fiberglass one too.
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My 01 has a Bright Tech roof. Seamless, hard surface and no-it's not fiberglass.
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My 98 Tradewinds roof is EPDM rubber and it's now 14 years old and in need of a major re-coating. I've done a lot of research and I'm now ready to re-coat it with Liquid Rubber from EDPM Coatings. It's a "one coat" process, simple to apply and does not require any special preparation except for cleaning with soap and water. It is a bit expensive....$77.00 a gallon and my coach will require 7 gallons to do the job. It's guaranteed for 5 years but it is expected to last for 10 years. Their website is a wealth of information and application videos. Rook

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Well, I hired a professional painter to apply my Liquid Rubber to my roof. All went well......except I fear he put it on to thin.....only used 4 gallons.....I ordered 7 gallons. I told him that the recommended coverage was 42 sqft per gal. I watched him put it on the roof overhang on both sides with a brush and it looked plenty thick to me.....he had to go back and smooth the "droops" in several places. He was very thorough in his smoothing it out. I was amazed when he finished it with only 4 gallons. He said it looked GREAT on top. It has a nice smooth shinny finish. I dumped a gallon that was left in the 4 gallon can and I have 2 gallons left over...never opened. Now wondering what to do......Rook
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Most of the folks I respect, and who's advice I personally take in this area, say to treat the ROOF much like a kitchen floor.. Bucket, Water, MOP (I use a long handled "Van wash" car wash brush) and Spic & Span. Sweep off loose stuff first, (Yes, that is step one in the kitchen too) and then mop her down.

I use a garden hose and sprayer for the rinse however. (Can't do that in the kitchen )

As to what kind... Well, that I can not answer but it makes no difference cleaning.
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