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Old 04-27-2004, 11:55 PM   #1
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white roofs?

do the newer model airstreams have a type of rubber roof coating or cool seal? i noticed a few with white roofs. is it to keep int. temps down?
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Old 04-28-2004, 12:17 AM   #2
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do the newer model airstreams have a type of rubber roof coating or cool seal? i noticed a few with white roofs. is it to keep int. temps down?
sovereign,
For some time now, Airstream has been using the "white roof"..
The metal sheet comes to the factory, from their supplier, with that white finis already coated on. Just what process they use I couldn't say.
You hit it on the head, so to speak..that's one of the benefits as it was explained during a factory tour.
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Old 04-28-2004, 08:00 AM   #3
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To me it looks like some sort of enamel (sp) type paint as I have a chip by one of the rivets up there. I heard that there were two reasons for the white painted roof.

1) Keeps the typical black streaks that RVs get to a min

2) The main reason (I believe) is to keep the coach cooler in direct heat. I thought I recall them saying something like 10 degree difference between having the white roof and not having the white roof.

One thing is for sure, it is not a rubber type material as found on some SOBs.
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Old 04-28-2004, 10:26 AM   #4
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I'm chassing a seam leak. I have serously thought about finding some sort of ruberized white coating to do the top in for both keeping it cool and sealing those seams. I think both cap joints have leaks from when the floor was rotten and alowing them to move to much. I have poped rivets on the inside from this.
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I'm chassing a seam leak. I have serously thought about finding some sort of ruberized white coating to do the top in for both keeping it cool and sealing those seams. I think both cap joints have leaks from when the floor was rotten and alowing them to move to much. I have poped rivets on the inside from this.
Wanna revive this thread!

I know people use bed-liner on the front to keep rock damage down... If I mark off the same area on top that is white on the new A/S's, and prep it for paint, then apply a white ruberized roof material, wouldn't that pretty much seal any possible leaks plus make the top look a little better, AND give me some temperature benefits at the same time? I ask because I am going to do the lower front wrap with bed-liner or white ruberized roof coating to minimize some crinkles and to catch rocks on the road... Could just do it all at the same time!

Whatcha think?
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Old 08-01-2004, 05:11 AM   #6
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White Reflects Heat!

Yes, the white is for reducing heat in the trailer(s). Living in Texas for the past 22 yrs. it is a fact I learned the 'hard-way'! My last 3, & Debbie's last 4 vehicles, have been white ONLY for that reason.
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Old 08-01-2004, 07:21 AM   #7
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I thought both about doing the roof and the belly on my ex-vintage with "bedliner" spray-on but always wondered about weight...
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Old 08-01-2004, 10:34 AM   #8
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One of the other issues to consider is whether the applied material will chalk as it ages. Having white streaks down the sides from the material chalking would not look too good.
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Old 08-01-2004, 10:38 AM   #9
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How long before the white streaks start showing up? Couldn't they be counteracted by re-doing the white material?
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I had water leaks in my '72 Argosy. I used 3 coats of kool seal on the roof and down to the mid stripe on the side. I have no more leaks and the A/C works better in the Oklahoma heat. The Argosy is painted anyway. I roled the kool seal on and wish I had sprayed it on. Looks good and no white streaks. I do get black streaks from the A/C but it washes off.
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I had water leaks in my '72 Argosy. I used 3 coats of kool seal on the roof and down to the mid stripe on the side. I have no more leaks and the A/C works better in the Oklahoma heat. The Argosy is painted anyway. I roled the kool seal on and wish I had sprayed it on. Looks good and no white streaks. I do get black streaks from the A/C but it washes off.
Yep, I'm in Texas and heat is a problem in summer here too...

How long has the Kool Seal been on the coach now?

Anyone know what kind of prep I need to do before I put this on my 70 Overlander?
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Old 08-01-2004, 06:00 PM   #12
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I am going to paint our 75 Argosy trailer this summer and after I paint it I am going to use a product called snow roof, it is supposed to be good, will let you all know how it works and also post some pic's.
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My kool seal has been on for 5 years and gets harder as time goes on.
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Old 08-01-2004, 08:22 PM   #14
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Kool Seal makes an Aluminum Roof Coating:
http://www.koolseal.com/product_data...duct_id=20-496
Hmmm... SO I guess it is aluminum colored? Anyone see a reason why this wouldn't work?
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