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Old 10-20-2013, 06:14 PM   #1
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I just bought a 65 globetrotter and it has a fiberglass skin on the roof ,and my question is how do I remove it. any help out there
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Old 10-20-2013, 07:51 PM   #2
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Are you sure it's fiberglass and not a painted coating (typically used to reflect heat)? Can you post a picture and close up?

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Old 10-20-2013, 08:13 PM   #3
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not sure but that is what the seller said, but they also said it was for heat
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Old 10-21-2013, 09:12 AM   #4
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not sure but that is what the seller said, but they also said it was for heat
OK the material on the roof looks like it was put on with a mastic (tar) substance and some kind of material, plus it looks like it was painted white. I will try to post some pics when I figure out how to any help will be greatly apprieciated

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The method of getting it off is dependent on what material they used. If it was tar solvent roof repair cement, you will need to find a solvent to redissolve it. Test by putting some charcoal lighter fluid on it. If it gets soft and sticky, you will need to do that to the entire roof. If it does not dissolve, you have a thermal set material. I am not sure how you would attack that. It might be more economical to leave sleeping dogs lie, as long as it does not leak.
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thanks dwightdi I'll try the charcoal fluid, but my plan is to polish the top, but if thats not possible I will remove the old and repaint. At this time it just looks bad and we would like it to look much better. I've got pictures but not sure how to post them.

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thanks dwightdi I'll try the charcoal fluid, but my plan is to polish the top, but if thats not possible I will remove the old and repaint. At this time it just looks bad and we would like it to look much better. I've got pictures but not sure how to post them.

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If you really want a shinny roof, it depends on what you think your time is worth. Many people in the south paint their airstream roofs white because of the heat load. A shinny Airstream is 10 degrees hotter inside at 90F than one with a white roof. I painted my 77 roof. New ones come with white roofs. If you insist on shinny, you maybe better off selling this one and buying another one, which will be easier to get on the road.
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