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Old 09-18-2022, 12:45 PM   #1
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Fiberglass Roofing Protection

What are you guys using to protect the roof surface?
Not going to use any kind of coating or paint on product cause that’s what they are just “ paint”. Once applied your locked in to using it always.
We are using a healthy coat of 303, but it isn’t holding up the way we had hoped.
Your recommendations ____________?

What amazing to me are the claims that some manufacturers use like…”Lifetime”,”Guaranteed for Life”, yeah…who’s life?
People fall for this stuff every day…
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What are you guys using to protect the roof surface?
Not going to use any kind of coating or paint on product cause that’s what they are just “ paint”. Once applied your locked in to using it always.
We are using a healthy coat of 303, but it isn’t holding up the way we had hoped.
Your recommendations ____________?

What amazing to me are the claims that some manufacturers use like…”Lifetime”,”Guaranteed for Life”, yeah…who’s life?
People fall for this stuff every day…
Sorry, but roofs require constant maintenance. Mine had not been very well cared for and was pretty chalky. Three days with the polisher and a good coat of rainex spray wax. Now its a 3-6 month deal. Wash and wax.
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It's like owning anything else made from fiberglass. It needs to be waxed. Get a buffer and a bottle of liquid NuFinish. Sit on your butt and work front to back. Pretend you're polishing a new Corvette. The wax will be good for about six months to a year depending on where you live and weather.
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I use wax as well. I have the advantage of storing indoors though and I expect to get at least a year out of my wax. My rig is in the weather only about 30-50 days per year.
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Wax on wax off…… got it.
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Old 09-18-2022, 08:38 PM   #6
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Not for me, I spent ~12 years washing and treating my roof and it was a never ending battle. My roof was an unpainted/finished fiberglass roof that would oxidize and leave the white streaks down the side of the coach.

Last year, after reading many posts on people using the Rustoleum Topside paint I thought it was worth a try. I cleaned the roof using a low pressure washer with the round rotary head. It did a great job. I then followed the directions on the application of the paint. Took 2 quarts, ~$28/quart, it was cheaper last year>>>surprise surprise!!

It's been about 18 months and the roof still looks good. Don't know how long it will last but better then anything else I tried.
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I'm with jacwjames, but I used Dicor's fiberglass roof coat (paint) and it held up fine for the two years I kept the coach after the application. Only thing I had to do was wash it cause mine was stored outside.
Sorry, but regular waxing of the roof is more than I'm willing to do. Waxing the sides is work enough!
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What are you guys using to protect the roof surface?
Not going to use any kind of coating or paint on product cause that’s what they are just “ paint”. Once applied your locked in to using it always.
We are using a healthy coat of 303, but it isn’t holding up the way we had hoped.
Your recommendations ____________?

What amazing to me are the claims that some manufacturers use like…”Lifetime”,”Guaranteed for Life”, yeah…who’s life?
People fall for this stuff every day…
Well Sir,
Nothing in this world that's of value is easy upkeep. You want NICE, then you're gonna to do some work at it to keep it NICE. I wouldn't paint a fiberglass roof on an RV is you paid me to. Our coach is an '04 Itasca Horizon 36GD with the CAT C-7 330HP and we've owned it now for over 10 years. The coach had been under some form of a cover for the few years prior to us purchasing it so, the roof was not *real* bad when we took possession of it.

But, I still had to do quite a bit of work to get it to the point I was happy with it. That work involved a days washing with a good dish soap, some cleanser and a good brush. I let it dry for a day and went to work on it with a DeWalt Professional Sander/Polisher (not those cheap-o vibrating random orbital junk things) and used 3M Polishing compound on that entire roof. Then, out came the Kit Car Wax. The whole process took the better part of 3 days because I took lots of breaks. I was in no hurry but, I wanted it done.

You'll see in the photos how it came out. Without a doubt, it was in tip top shape. Because that coach is stowed in an RV garage, it has prolonged its nice condition for years. That operation was several years ago and it's now due for it again. Once every 8-10 or so years ain't too bad for some vigorous maintenance in my book. Turn some 50's and 60's music on in the garage and take my time in preserving a nice roof/coach.
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I used Rust-Oleum white deck paint several years ago because I didn't want to be waxing the roof. Well, that got me down the road a few years but that white paint began to oxidize and make white streaks as the oxidized paint washed off. I'm now in the process of cleaning and coating the white roof with an automotive 2K clear. It will out perform any single paint solution for many years to come. I'm rolling it on just like I did the deck paint. I'm expecting a much longer life span and still, no waxing. The experiment continues.
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Fiberglass Roofing Protection

I would use Poli-glow, stuff’s amazing, mine looks like new and its been 8 months since i put it on, dirt doesn’t even stick to it near as much and zero chalking. And its parked under a Flat roof with sun on all sides.
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Old 09-20-2022, 04:41 PM   #11
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I used Dicor's fiberglass roof coating and it held up fine for the two years I kept the coach after the application. Only thing I had to do was wash it cause mine was stored outside.
Sorry, but regular waxing of the roof is more than I'm willing to do. Waxing the sides is work enough!
The OP really needs to re-assess his view and not paint all roof products with a broad brush.

Totally agree with Gary only I followed this YT fella on how he applied Dicor Fiberglass Coating. I used 2gal. and 3 coats on my 35' fiberglass roof. Prep is the most important thing to do first but not hard. It's not a paint, it's a coating. I did that 6yrs. ago and my roof still looks like new. There is NO WAY I'm going wax my roof every 6 months. All I do now is wash it once a year and check my gutter sealant.

If the OP is interested, here's the YT video I followed to redo my roof. Once of the best decisions I've made to reduce my maintenance work load.

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Mine doesn't shine as much as FIREUP's pictures, but just as clean. The only thing I do is use car wash soap and a few oz bleach in a 5G pail of water. I use an old RV wash brush with a 5' handle to wash the fiberglass roof, then allow to air dry.

Total time spent, about 45 minutes each MH wash.(slowing down in old age)
The only time I had a problem was when wind blew over my extension ladder. My BIL was home 1/4 mile away so I yelled until he heard me and set my ladder back up. I wasn't about to climb down the RV ladder at 78 yrs old.
Now I'm 80 and tie the ladder to the main awning support.
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[QUOTE=Ray,IN;6314107]Mine doesn't shine as much as FIREUP's pictures, but just as clean. The only thing I do is use car wash soap and a few oz bleach in a 5G pail of water. I use an old RV wash brush with a 5' handle to wash the fiberglass roof, then allow to air dry.

Total time spent, about 45 minutes each MH wash.(slowing down in old age)
The only time I had a problem was when wind blew over my extension ladder. My BIL was home 1/4 mile away so I yelled until he heard me and set my ladder back up. I wasn't about to climb down the RV ladder at 78 yrs old.
Now I'm 80 and tie the ladder to the main awning support.[/QUOTE]

You're 80 and still climbing ladders???? My kind-a guy!!!!!!!
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Mine doesn't shine as much as FIREUP's pictures, but just as clean. The only thing I do is use car wash soap and a few oz bleach in a 5G pail of water. I use an old RV wash brush with a 5' handle to wash the fiberglass roof, then allow to air dry.

Total time spent, about 45 minutes each MH wash.(slowing down in old age)
The only time I had a problem was when wind blew over my extension ladder. My BIL was home 1/4 mile away so I yelled until he heard me and set my ladder back up. I wasn't about to climb down the RV ladder at 78 yrs old.
Now I'm 80 and tie the ladder to the main awning support.[/QUOTE]

You're 80 and still climbing ladders???? My kind-a guy!!!!!!!
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