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Old 09-17-2017, 11:07 PM   #1
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Roof Protection! Is there such a Thing??

Hi everybody. Did a search on roof maintenance/protection and all I seem to get is how to seal/caulk a roof, roll on some new rubber coating or lay down some new rubber. Now this is all great when you get to that point but I'm thinking way before that. How about just trying to protect it better? I find the rubber roofs seem to absorb dirt or crud very easily which seems to contribute to rubber and seals eventually breaking down it's protection barrier. We all know they need some kind of cleaning regularly, so wouldn't it be nice to apply something to the rubber, like wax or a polymer protector to bead the water and grime easier? We wax or polish our rv's and cars so why not the roof? White rubber roofs are terrible to keep clean! There isn't enough discussion about what to do to prevent these extremely dirty roofs from happening. Would everybody like to know? I know I would. I welcome your suggestions please. Thanks for listening.
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303 aerospace protectant is one of the best things to put on the roof.
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Old 09-18-2017, 05:17 AM   #3
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This is great as we just cleaned our rubber roof this weekend. It wasn't too bad but it was dirty and had some black spots. We cleaned it with Protect All cleaner which did a pretty good job. Now we have to treat it with the protector from Protect All or If there is a better, longer lasting protector I would rather use it.. This is our first TT and are trying to figure all this stuff out as we go.. Thanks in advance for your knowledge and experience....
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303 aerospace protectant is one of the best things to put on the roof.

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I don't think there is anything proactive you need to do beyond basic care, i.e. occasional cleaning and maintain the seams. In my opinion EPDM rubber doesn't need 303 or benefit from it. It's gonna chalk regardless, seams are going to need occasional caulk touch-up regardless, and the the roof fabric is gonna last 15-25 years unless exposed to acid rain or industrial chemicals. 303 ain't gonna stop any of those things!

If the roof is fiberglass, TPO, or metal, 303 is irrelevant.
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303 aerospace protectant is one of the best things to put on the roof.
tinstar 1114. Where do you purchase this product?
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Camping World, the internet or any good RV supply store. I buy it by the gallon.
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I don't think there is anything proactive you need to do beyond basic care, i.e. occasional cleaning and maintain the seams. In my opinion EPDM rubber doesn't need 303 or benefit from it. It's gonna chalk regardless, seams are going to need occasional caulk touch-up regardless, and the the roof fabric is gonna last 15-25 years unless exposed to acid rain or industrial chemicals. 303 ain't gonna stop any of those things!

If the roof is fiberglass, TPO, or metal, 303 is irrelevant.
Say Gary, you say all rubber roofs will chalk? So no protectant will minimize the chalking? Actually, I'm more interested in reducing the ability of the grime to absorb into the rubber. It's a bugger to remove, if you can, and it looks terrible. What I find the worst is that as it absorbs the grime it naturally leeches down the sides of the trailer thus staining it. Cleaning all over again lol! It's a vicious circle!
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Camping World, the inteenet or any good RV supply store. I buy it by the gallon.
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First I bought was Camping World. Now I would buy from Amazon.
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As said earlier, I used Protect All Cleaner to clean the rubber roof but am wondering if there is another Cleaner or process that works better. Just asking for my next cleaning session....
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I don't think there is anything proactive you need to do beyond basic care, i.e. occasional cleaning and maintain the seams. In my opinion EPDM rubber doesn't need 303 or benefit from it. It's gonna chalk regardless, seams are going to need occasional caulk touch-up regardless, and the the roof fabric is gonna last 15-25 years unless exposed to acid rain or industrial chemicals. 303 ain't gonna stop any of those things!

If the roof is fiberglass, TPO, or metal, 303 is irrelevant.

Gary, you should let Gold Eagle Mfg. know that 303 is irrelevant as they indicate it is an aid to UV protection. (which of course isn't a discussion point for metal)
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Just finished cleaning and winterizing unit this weekend, used Murphy Oil Soap, never had a cleaner shinier unit.

Works great
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