THis is what is on my 64 Astroflye. Does anyone know what it it????We would like to remove it and replace it. It is on the original roof. We just lifted the roof and replaced birch ceiling panels. I don't want to take any chances of it leaking again.
Post by universalexports on Aug 19, 2013 17:00:38 GMT -8
looks like the dreaded Silver Seal, this stuff is a patch for a leaky roof, NOT A REPAIR.
hard to remove, you can either use chemicals and a scraper or maybe a heat gun and a scraper either way it is a PITA.
here is the Ehow answer. Silver Coating
Silver coating is a type of specialized paint applied to the roof. This coating exists mostly on older rooftops. In new construction it has been replaced by options such as elastomeric coatings and other plastic-based alternatives. But silver coatings still are an adaptable protectant and can be used on asphalt, concrete, and plastic roofing materials. They often are made with aluminum particles that give them reflective capabilities, which is why they sometimes are referred to as "liquid metal."
Silver coating has two primary jobs. The first is reflection: the surface of the paint is so glossy that much of the sunlight that hits the roof is reflected away, keeping it cool. This helps keep the building cool and reduces air-conditioning bills, especially in hotter climates. Second, the silver coating can be used to fill in small cracks and extend the lifespan of roof membranes, which are protective coverings made from plastic.
This is another classic example of how you DO NOT NEED all that coating. The paint is coming loose of the aluminum, but that is another matter. The expanses of aluminum cannot leak. It MAY at some point in the seams, but leakage is far more likely along the edges, under the J-channel at the wall joints. This is cured with new putty tape installation.
The only "replacing it" you have to do is to strip and repaint the roof with a good enamel or automotive finish...to match the rest of the trailer.
If you want to keep the original roof, scrape everything loose. Peel where you can. Sand what's left to feather the edges. Then, you can paint with either silver paint or the color of your choice. The slather marks are always going to show, but the roof shouldn't leak. It bothers me to do the above, but sometimes new aluminum isn't in the budget...
Big piece of plywood spanning width of roof. (For laying down, you'll be up there a while) Sun block lotion. Hot sunny day, wide brim hat, bottle water, heat gun, putty knife, tinted bi focal safety/sun glasses LOL, VERY light touch to keep scratching down to a min. Plan on painting. Or New roof skin.
I've had to do both ways at one time or another. Neither is easy. It all depends on budget. It always does. Most times I have more time than money LOL
Good Luck and be careful, safety first!
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If you crowned the top vent framing you will want to place a 2x4 on the very edge of each side to support the plywood you are laying on. Lay them flat and let them hang over the edge of the trailer about a half inch no more. You can screw the plywood into those and not worry about it crashing down onto the roof.
Don't forget scotch bright pads. The big ones. Those can help a lot when you start getting near fresh metal. Final clean up so to speak.
God grant me the strength to restore the trailers I can, The courage to strip the parts off the ones I can't, And the wisdom to know the difference...