Originally Posted by trooper233
We are planning on a trip south soon, but before we go we would like to paint the roof on our 1997 Gulf Cruiser, it has never been painted before. Can anyone advise me as to what type paint to use?
Von & Dallas
I too am assuming your roof is rubber. Mostly because, fiberglass roofs don't need or, should not need anything like that for their entire life. Aluminum is the same, lifetime stuff. But, the Rubber ones, can use some "assistance" in keeping on with the years. I did it on our previous coach, a '99 Fleetwood Bounder, 34V. It had the rubber roof. It was in sad shape in terms of being white and reflective of heat and some of the other elements. In fact, since it had lost so much of the White coating, it was getting hotter and hotter inside the coach, even on mild days.
So, I did a bit of research. And while Home Depot and Lowes sells a white rubberized roof coating, I simply chose to go with a product that Camping World and other RV supplies outlets sell. It's called the "Dicor System". It's composed of two parts. The first part is a Primer/Surfacer/prep and the second part is the coating.
Now, first off, it's not cheap. I think it cost me about $200.00 for enough to do the job with a tiny bit left over. But, when you consider the cost of new replacement roof, that's seriously cheaper. That is your roof's in good enough shape to accept the coating.
Second, it's a laborious job. In that, it was a 95 degree day, and, we started the process at about 08:00 in the morning and finished about 4:00 in the afternoon. The first thing to do is, wash it with a good brush and soap and water. Then, they recommend the application of the primer/prep with a "Hudson" (garden) sprayer. You let it sit for a short while and then, you "PRESSURE WASH IT OFF". Yes, I said "Pressure". I figured they got their reasons for wanting it pressure washed so, I did it.
Now, once it's all dry which, on 95 degree day, is about 20 minutes to a half hour. Then, on goes the first coat. It's about twice as thick as paint. Once that coat is on, you let it setup and dry. Again, during hotter weather, about an hour and a half, plus or minus. Then, the second coat goes on. DONE!
You see, in the instructions, they want you to do it all in the same day, if possible. The reason, is because they don't want any contamination between processes like dust, debris etc. That job was done about 5 years ago and it's still looks flawless. It's been in snow, ultra heat, rain, sitting out side in So Cal without any cover, of any type, and it's still great. So, do I recommend it, yep. But, be prepared for some work, all in ONE DAY. Good luck. Below is a pic of the coach, right after we (my son and I) did it.