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Old 05-16-2014, 08:56 PM   #1
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Painting The Roof????

Wasn't 100% where to post this so if it's in the wrong place I "pologise" in advance.

Am considering painting my roof white to reflect some heat and to protect it. It's an older weather-worn fiberglass roof in stylish '80's tan. I know it will require some service from time to time but:

Is it a definite no-no?

Should I use automotive enamel or RV roof paint?

Any special preparation to paint over fiberglass?

Anything else I should consider?

Thanks for any imput.
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Old 05-16-2014, 09:34 PM   #2
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Fiberglass RV Roof Coating | Dicor Products | Official Website

Dicor has a fiberglass coating that is supposed to be highly reflective. I've never used this.....

more here: http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/r...-roof-coat.htm
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Old 05-17-2014, 09:00 AM   #3
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I just did mine with the Dicor Fiberglass Roof Paint mentioned above. My previous white paint was chalking and made a mess down the sides when water ran off. The new paint cured that.

I was planning on using a marine deck paint when I found the Dicor and figured a product made for RV fiberglass roof was a good choice. I felt their recommended prep work was extreme, though, even though I am normally conscientious about preparing a surface for paint or stain. I scrubbed the roof thoroughly to remove dirt and chalk, applied a chemical deglosser (aka "liquid sandpaper") and then painted on two coats.
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Some of the marine deck paints contain sand or a similar material so the deck or roof in this case won't be slick.
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If that were anything like the "nonskid" paint on Navy ships it isn't very reflective. Really chews up boots too. But we don't walk on our roofs much.... ;-)
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Wasn't 100% where to post this so if it's in the wrong place I "pologise" in advance.

Am considering painting my roof white to reflect some heat and to protect it. It's an older weather-worn fiberglass roof in stylish '80's tan. I know it will require some service from time to time but:

Is it a definite no-no?

Should I use automotive enamel or RV roof paint?

Any special preparation to paint over fiberglass?

Anything else I should consider?

Thanks for any input.
THIS is what I did to my fiberglass roof to eliminate the white streaks (oxidized fiberglass) from running down the sides of my coach.

It has also helped with keeping the inside cooler as my A/C's are not running full bore all the time now.

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Here's one idea: RVing: The USA is our BIG Backyard: Coating our Fiberglass Roof on the Motorhome

BTW, my roof was done the same way, with the same elastomeric roof coating, by the same couple, at 16 years of age.
(Thanks again Steve and Karen)!
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Non-skid powder can be added to nearly any type of paint and does not need to be so much or so coarse as to reduce reflectivity by any noticeable amount or be rough on shoes (or knees). If the fiberglass roof isn't already textured for better footing, I highly recommend adding non-skid to the coating. Most any paint store will have it.
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