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Old 08-02-2015, 01:09 PM   #1
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Painting skylight

I was reading where someone suggested painting the exterior lens of our skylight to reduce heat / light transmission. Has anyone done this? What type of paint / prep did you consider? Did it help?
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Old 08-02-2015, 01:15 PM   #2
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Yep, white PlastiDip, apply as many layers as desired and peel it off when the sun is more gentle in the fall. Won't insulate much but really reflects the sun's rays, the difference is very noticeable. LOVE IT
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FWIW I think you would be a lot better off putting a piece of reflectix in there. Paint is not reversible.
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Old 08-02-2015, 01:23 PM   #4
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Peel coat>Rust-Oleum Peel Coat - Walmart.com


Reflectix works too but it blocks out all light.
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I painted ours. Huge improvement. I left a small 1 inch band around the bottom so there is plenty of light. You could cook muffins in there before. Any rattle can paint should work fine.
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I was reading where someone suggested painting the exterior lens of our skylight to reduce heat / light transmission. Has anyone done this? What type of paint / prep did you consider? Did it help?
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A friend painted his with 2 coats of SealBest White Elastomeric roof coating:
http://www.menards.com/main/doors-wi...290-c-5822.htm
It looks good.... still lets some light through.... but keeps heat out.
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Old 08-02-2015, 02:42 PM   #7
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We used fake stained glass window paint so it could be removed if we did not like it. Also, we did it from the inside as the DW wasnt climbing the ladder on the back of the MH. Our skylight over the tub is only one layer whereas the TT had a second flat piece of clear below the dome.
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I would be very careful with solvent based products that are not specifically designed or approved for this application. These solvents can react with paint, plastic, fiberglass, Plexiglas ... and cause long term damage. PlastiDip is being used (and approved) on high end cars.
Also, I like Reflectix and we use it on south facing glass windows in our trailer but I'm not sure if it's a good idea to trap excessive heat between it and plexiglass/plastic.
Correct me if I'm wrong.
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Painting skylight

I replaced mine after a hail storm. It was smoke grey. Now it is smoke black. About $70
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I just did this today. I painted the entire skylight with white plastic coating that is removable and put the reflex inside along with some other ducting insulation and it is an incredible accomplishment. I do not care about light coming through since we have plenty of LED lights in there. I can almost burn my hand placing it on the fiberglass roof but the skylight is rather cool to the touch after I did this.
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hmmm
we took down the inside trim panels and applied a nice fabric with owls on it
then put the trim panel back in and we have a nice light softening mural, that is easy to change as removing 10 or so screws, dropping the panel and putting on a new pattern,

our shower skylight has the outer roof mounted window and a inner window that is part of the trim piece
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We made a cover for our very large triangular shower skylight ...made out of car windshield sun screen and attaches with Velcro just like the smaller covers for the ceiling vents. Plasti-dip spray would work very well ...safe for any surface I know of, easy to apply, lasts well, and easy to remove.
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If you want temporary, open the skylight lid and wrap it in aluminum foil, then close. Or stick one of those pillows in for insulation - they do a terrific job for heat or cold.

If not an opening lid type, e.g. a shower skylight, we carry a thin white foam sheet (actually foam poster board) that velcroes to the shower ceiling and reflect nicely. They also make window shade like covers you can just pull over.
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1 1/2" thick piece of rigid foam insulation, cut to fit snugly in the skylight opening.
Blocks heat/cold and light.
Easy in. Easy out.
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