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Old 02-03-2006, 11:42 AM   #29
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this stuff is only 20+ bucks a quart? If it holds up well it might be just the ticket to do the very top of my 280. I would be happy to have that area painted, its so hard to keep up.
What are your thoughts on another color...I see it comes in greys.
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Old 02-03-2006, 12:18 PM   #30
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I'm leaning towards the Interlux. It's not expensive, relatively, and with Annie's Hubby having tracked a trailer for like 15 years with no problems, we've got that experience to help decide. I know Kool Seal won't last that long. I've used it before, and the newer elastomeric stuff is better than the older product, it still doesn't last but a few years. What do you think, Seattle Gray #4205? That would keep things "silver", but I still think a white (maybe the Blu-Glow White #4259) might make the inside cooler. Tough call . How far down your roof are you planning to go, particularly in the front?
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Old 02-03-2006, 12:34 PM   #31
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Seems to me that all the weight of the engine at the rear without a tag could be a handling problem? I heard the early 345s came without tags, but owners pushed for one to handle the overhang. And they were all front-engine units, correct?
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The 345s were all pullers. Most were gassers, a chosen few were diesels and one than I know of was a Cummins puller.

The 360's came on both P30 pullers and Spartan pushers.

Acutally, I think the handling would be terrific up on an air ride, air brake pusher chassis, different than the puller but I'll bet better. The few pushers I've driven were amazing machines. It's like driving your living room down the highway - so smooth.
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I like the colored roof paint. Seems like a nice solution to peeling rooflines and less obvious than a white roof.
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Old 02-03-2006, 12:50 PM   #33
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The 345s were all pullers. Most were gassers, a chosen few were diesels and one than I know of was a Cummins puller.

The 360's came on both P30 pullers and Spartan pushers.

Acutally, I think the handling would be terrific up on an air ride, air brake pusher chassis, different than the puller but I'll bet better. The few pushers I've driven were amazing machines. It's like driving your living room down the highway - so smooth.
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I'm sure you're correct about the pusher advantages. I have air ride on front and rear on my 370, and I understand it's smoother than the ones with air only in the rear. I do have to say that I really don't like the engine underneath me. It's noisy, a little smelly, and hot. I've never driven a pusher, but I can see the advantages. Working on them can't be any harder than the front jobs .
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Old 02-03-2006, 12:54 PM   #34
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I like the colored roof paint. Seems like a nice solution to peeling rooflines and less obvious than a white roof.
I hate to say it, but I think you're right . Somehow, putting a white roof on that beautiful silver coach just seems wrong . It would also be less obvious if one paints down to the top of the windshield like I need to do. That's where the peeling stops in the front. I suspect the heat issue wouldn't be much better or worse either.
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Old 02-03-2006, 01:35 PM   #35
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I'm leaning towards the Interlux. It's not expensive, relatively, and with Annie's Hubby having tracked a trailer for like 15 years with no problems, we've got that experience to help decide.
Sorry, that was Darol, not Annie's Hubby who tracked a trailer for 14 years. He was also using fibered roof coating, not Interlux. Apologize...
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Sorry to be getting in on this thread so late but I just became aware of it. I am the fellow from Minnesota who Chaplin Kent has refered to in this thread. I have a 74 Tradewind that I have mostly restored and I painted the roof white. I used Interlux Blue-Glo white. It is a marine paint ment to on aluminum .It is a very bright white. It is a one part polyurathane so you don't need to mix any hardeners in. It is brushable and very easy to bursh out. I used the roll and tip method which is described on the Interlux web site. I rolled it on with a foam roller and then brushed it lightly with the tips only of a fine brushin one direction. There are almost no brush marks. Do not over brush it or you will get brush marks. Don't be discouraged after the first coat it will look too thin.It took 2 coats to cover completely. To prep I stripped of all the clear coat, sanded with 220 then 400 then 600. I then wiped it very good with a tack cloth and brushed 2 coats on. It drys very fast so you can do 2 coats in an afternoon. I also masked around to edge as not to get paint on my new polish job. I am very happy with the appearance. I have pictures posted on the forum under Bradjun1's pictures. None are of the roof. Hope this will help . Brad
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Tim,
You should drive a pusher sometime....although it is the one thing that could seperate me from my Airstream someday.
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Sorry to be getting in on this thread so late but I just became aware of it. I am the fellow from Minnesota who Chaplin Kent has refered to in this thread. I have a 74 Tradewind that I have mostly restored and I painted the roof white. I used Interlux Blue-Glo white. It is a marine paint ment to on aluminum .It is a very bright white. It is a one part polyurathane so you don't need to mix any hardeners in. It is brushable and very easy to bursh out. I used the roll and tip method which is described on the Interlux web site. I rolled it on with a foam roller and then brushed it lightly with the tips only of a fine brushin one direction. There are almost no brush marks. Do not over brush it or you will get brush marks. Don't be discouraged after the first coat it will look too thin.It took 2 coats to cover completely. To prep I stripped of all the clear coat, sanded with 220 then 400 then 600. I then wiped it very good with a tack cloth and brushed 2 coats on. It drys very fast so you can do 2 coats in an afternoon. I also masked around to edge as not to get paint on my new polish job. I am very happy with the appearance. I have pictures posted on the forum under Bradjun1's pictures. None are of the roof. Hope this will help . Brad
Great polish job! I had to put my sunglasses on to look at the pictures
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Sorry to be getting in on this thread so late but I just became aware of it. I am the fellow from Minnesota who Chaplin Kent has refered to in this thread. I have a 74 Tradewind that I have mostly restored and I painted the roof white. I used Interlux Blue-Glo white. It is a marine paint ment to on aluminum .It is a very bright white. It is a one part polyurathane so you don't need to mix any hardeners in. It is brushable and very easy to bursh out. I used the roll and tip method which is described on the Interlux web site. I rolled it on with a foam roller and then brushed it lightly with the tips only of a fine brushin one direction. There are almost no brush marks. Do not over brush it or you will get brush marks. Don't be discouraged after the first coat it will look too thin.It took 2 coats to cover completely. To prep I stripped of all the clear coat, sanded with 220 then 400 then 600. I then wiped it very good with a tack cloth and brushed 2 coats on. It drys very fast so you can do 2 coats in an afternoon. I also masked around to edge as not to get paint on my new polish job. I am very happy with the appearance. I have pictures posted on the forum under Bradjun1's pictures. None are of the roof. Hope this will help . Brad
WOW! Now that's what I call a shine. Unfortunately, or maybe not, my 89 MoHo has a SATIN finish Plasticoat. The aluminum is not even particularly shiny even when the coating peels off and I wax it. At 37 feet, I'm beginning to get discouraged with the idea of stripping such a large area - even if it's just the roof. I also don't have an adequate building to do this in, so that makes things even more difficult. I'm starting to think I'm getting back to square one .
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I have seen Bradjun's trailer and it is more beautiful than the picture can ever show. The white roof blends perfect with the polished body and as he says you can see no brush marks. I like the idea that it can be applied with a roller and you do not have to use a sprayer. I wonder about applying it in the sunlight?
Alan, how about you trying it on Chummy during the rally in April? Maybe you can hold a seminar on roof painting.
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I have seen Bradjun's trailer and it is more beautiful than the picture can ever show. The white roof blends perfect with the polished body and as he says you can see no brush marks. I like the idea that it can be applied with a roller and you do not have to use a sprayer. I wonder about applying it in the sunlight?
Alan, how about you trying it on Chummy during the rally in April? Maybe you can hold a seminar on roof painting.
Great idea! Please let me know how it comes out. I can wait until April to hear how well (and difficult or easy) this turns out.
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I did the entire roof painting job outside. While applying the paint I made sure I was in the shade. I would recomend being inside or at least in shade if you have the resource. I did all my sanding with an electric orbital sander. Porter Cable random orbit 5" sander. Model 97355.http://portercable.cpoworkshop.com/s...orbit_sanders/.
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