Sealing the roof????

Discussion in 'Roof/Floor Repair & Maintenance' started by Canadiancray, May 22, 2008.

  1. Canadiancray

    Canadiancray New Member

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    I was thinking about different ways to seal my roof last night & one of the things I was considering was Spray on Truck be Liner. You can get it in many different colors including white.

    Has anyone ever done this? Would it be too heavy?

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  2. This idea pops up every so often. I don't know if anyone has ever actually done it, though. I'd be concerned about the weight.


    Joe

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  3. Yellowkayak

    Yellowkayak Popups.....when sleeping on the ground gets to you

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    You can have them spray it one much thinner than they do in a pickup....it would seal that top so well...I'd get white to reflect the heat so you can stay cooler in the summer months. Should cost you a bit less than a pickup I would think.

    JJ

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  4. 78Venture

    78Venture New Member

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    I sealed my roof last spring after installing a roof vent and it has held up quite well. First, I caulked any seams that needed it and then rolled on a couple of coats of that white rubberized RV roof sealer(thin coats). Once that dried all was well sealed but the rubberized paint holds the dirt so next rolled on 2 coats of white semi gloss Varathane,Colours In Plastic.This gave it a nice hard shell that is easy to clean.
     
  5. christate1970

    christate1970 New Member

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    You can buy the bed liner kits at Auto Paint Stores. Its not the very same stuff that the spray bed liner companys use but its very close. Make sure if you buy a kit its the type that takes a hardener. Some kits are single component and are not as durable. You should be able to roll it on but spraying thru an undercoat gun works best. I wish I had used this type of coating on my PU.

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    1980 Coleman

    Edited by - christate1970 on May 22 2008 09:31:12
     
  6. Canadiancray

    Canadiancray New Member

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    Good to know. I will contact a local place & see what the cost would be.

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    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle"> 2004 Kia Sedona
     
  7. Hot Cocoa

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    Use Eterna Bond Tape. We sealed ours last year and we have never had a leak.<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Big Smile">

    Christine<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_kisses.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Kisses">

    2004 Fleetwood Santa Fe CP(Roof not leaking yet!)
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  8. stuartpike

    stuartpike New Member

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    Our Santa Fe leaked over the Winter. I just popped it up today and was disappointed to see mildew on some of the drapes and signs of water between the outer roof and ceiling. In a hard rain today, it leaked some more.
    It is a model with the screwed down black roof tracks. Do you think it would be a good idea to take off the roof tracks and then put Eterna Bond Tape down? Is that what you did, CHristine?
     
  9. Hot Cocoa

    Hot Cocoa New Member

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    No stuartpike, we never used our roof rack so we just sealed them up. I think what your suggesting to do would work just fine.<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_approve.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Approve">

    Christine<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_kisses.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Kisses">

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    TV 2006 Nissan Xterra
     
  10. stuartpike

    stuartpike New Member

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    Thanks for the response, Christine. I think I'll try removing the tracks, cleaning the roof well and putting down the eterna bond, if I can find some. Then I'll just leave the tracks off. I hope that'll do the trick, though I'm not sure what the long-term effects will be with the moisture that is already in the roof.

    It should work for our next big trip though - we're heading off to coastal Maine and then on up to Gaspe and Quebec City.

    CHeers ..... Stuart.
     
  11. mostlyok

    mostlyok We're Mostly OK!

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    We used Eternabond on our old Starcraft, finally took care of that tricky center seam. That, ProRV Caulk and a few coats of Kool Seal. Worked great. Eternabond is a bit pricey but worth it.
    I was ready to do the center seam on the Fleetwood but it didn't have one.

    Heidi & Paul '04 Fleetwood Niagara
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  12. momma03

    momma03 Ontario

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    The eternabond is avalable at Home Hardware in Ontario. I bought a package with a strip in it for about $15. I have ordered in more, it has 150cm (inches ??)in the box but even if I need a few more packages it is still cheaper than what the RV store wanted for a kit. It is the RV eternabond and the 'regular' stuff is only $12 a package. We have the best Home Hardware people here, they will order in anything I need!

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  13. dannyoung

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    He..he..he.. My trailer is right now, at this moment, sitting in the garage at Rhino Linings in Woodstock Ontario. The whole project has gotten so delayed, but now it's back on track and I can't wait. I'm actually having them spray the entire trailer, not just the new roof I built. As for the weight issue that someone mentioned, I think that it will add from 130-150 lbs overall to the trailer, which is pretty insignficant. Pictures and comments to follow.

    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp"> 1977 StarCraft Starmaster 6
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  14. 150 lbs. isn't so bad. My concern is if you already have A/C and 1" support poles, you're probably pushing the weight limit on your roof already.

    Please post some pictures when you get it back. I'd love to see how it turned out.


    Joe

    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp">'96 Rockwood Signature Series 1280
    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle">'07 Ford Explorer
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  15. dannyoung

    dannyoung New Member

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    I redesigned and built a completely new roof with three more inches of head room (I'm 6'4"...I felt a little cramped under the stock roof). There's not going to be an AC on this roof, but I replaced the cables with stronger ones regardless. That 150 lbs I estimated was for the entire trailer, the roof will only be carrying about 65-80 lbs of that...I was looking forward to getting the trailer back tomorrow am, but because of the rain and humidity today they pushed it to tomorrow...pictures of the whole project, start to finish, to follow.

    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp"> 1977 StarCraft Starmaster 6
    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle"> 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport
     
  16. dannyoung

    dannyoung New Member

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    Arrgh...now I have to wait until Tuesday. I was hoping to have the long weekend to put the cabinetry and electrical in. Things always take twice as long when you need them done in half the time...

    If anyone's interested, page 4 and 5 of my photos show some pics of the new roof (obviously without the Rhino Coat).

    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp"> 1977 StarCraft Starmaster 6
    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle"> 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport
     
  17. Norfolk

    Norfolk Just let me fix this one last thing.....

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    Eternabond is worth its weight!

    A couple weeks ago I sealed all the roof seams with Eternabond. Last night we had a really severe thunderstorm here and when I checked the ceiling this morning, it was COMPLETELY dry!

    (Please note, this was an uncompensated endorsement!)

    '64 Jack of all trades
    '97 Grand Cherokee
    '89 Coleman Laramie

    If it can't be fixed with bondo or duct tape, it can't be fixed!
     
  18. momma03

    momma03 Ontario

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    I have done the roof seam with the eternabond tape and was still cconsidering doing the rest of the roof seams. They are going to need attention of some sort soon. I think that I have made up my mind to do all of it with the tape. That will a good project for the fall when my youngest goes to school and I feel a little lost! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Smile">

    CR'72,MR'75,SR'95,LR'01,RR'04
    1988 Rockwood 1760 (N2U 07 17 '08)
     
  19. shukonda

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    I know this is an old post, but I was wondering if you could tell me the steps as far as which one to put down first, eternabond on all seams, including the center, then Kool Seal? Should the center seam be stripped, then eternabond, and then the strip put back, or keep the strip on and put the sternabond over top of it and then the Kool Seal. I really want to use the eternabond and Kool Seal as hopefully a fix for my leaking roof. Thanks.
     
  20. 01YZF6

    01YZF6 Dothan, AL

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    if you click on my lil camera icon under my name, i ust did this rebuild and have lots of pics to help with the process...


    remove center channel, clean off as much crap as possible over the seam, clean with mild soap and warm water ( use a sponge or scour pad and ring it out !)
    then apply eternabond, reinstall center seam, then seal center seam if you choose to with 3m5200 or proflex rv sealant. celan roof really well with soap and water, rinse well, clean again with TSP, rinse well, roll out Kool Seal !
     

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