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Old 06-11-2016, 11:31 AM   #15
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Ok, nobody thought it was worth a try so I'll just cover it with elastomeric roof coating.
Not sure what your aversion to painting the roof is. If this is a '71, its not like you're going to hurt the value. A good elastomeric paint not only keeps the roof cooler but also helps to seal up the rivets and joints.

I've never done vinyl in a large area, but as J. Morgan stipulates, its probably a big PIA job with not a lot of value added over the paint and probably wont last as long or work as well. I used a product called ceramiflex that is no longer available, but there are other products that would probably work as well. It was documented here: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f478...lex-98479.html Good luck with whatever way you decide to go.
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Old 06-11-2016, 11:36 AM   #16
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[QUOTE=CaCraig;1804861]um, that's the point of this thread. I don't want to paint the roof and I'm looking for an alternative.



"Whatever Airstream is using now is some type of vinyl adhered to the aluminum sheet. I touched it a few weeks ago at the factory, but the get it that way from the supplier. If there was no benefit, Airstream wouldn't do it."


DEFINITELY NOT!!

I'm on the roof of an Airstream almost every day and I can state definitively that they are using a factory pre-coated aluminum. The white surface is an Alcoa applied factory coating that is more like a paint and NOT VINYL. It might even by a type of anodizing.


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Old 06-11-2016, 03:20 PM   #17
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There are threads on these forums about coatings on Airstream roofs past factory. I am thinking seriously about using something called BUSKOTE on my '67 to ease the work load on my 50 year old Armstrong a/c.
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Old 06-11-2016, 11:35 PM   #18
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The blue vinyl I got to re-stripe the trim has adhesive on one side and no protective coating to remove once it's down.

I should have said the factory coating looks like vinyl. It must be paint or something similar because the last I heard there is no white anodizing.
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Old 06-12-2016, 12:20 AM   #19
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White vinyl decal for the roof to cut down on heat?

If it is what I am used to seeing on freight trailers, it is an amazingly thin layer of paint.

If is fairly durable, it wont peel, but it will become thiner yet, and in time become translucent.

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One post suggested Epoxy White. Epoxy tends to chalk and like house paint it will dribble stains. If I were going to re-coat my White roof (Factory Original '96) I would be using 2 part Urethane like they use on boat topsides, aircraft and Semi-trailer bodies. I painted my boat topsides with it and the paint was tougher than any paint or other coating I have ever used. It is also highly sun resistant. Still on the boat 35 years later
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One post suggested Epoxy White. Epoxy tends to chalk and like house paint it will dribble stains. If I were going to re-coat my White roof (Factory Original '96) I would be using 2 part Urethane like they use on boat topsides, aircraft and Semi-trailer bodies. I painted my boat topsides with it and the paint was tougher than any paint or other coating I have ever used. It is also highly sun resistant. Still on the boat 35 years later
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That is the exact reason why I don't want to paint the roof.

There was a beautiful Airstream on the Phoenix Craigslist, except it had a white roof that extended much further down the sides that I think it should have. I don't want to do something so drastic that it would prevent the next person from potentially buying it because I know I'll be moving on to another in the future.
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White vinyl decal for the roof to cut down on heat?

I should have said Imron 3500 HG instead of epoxy.

It is a urethane, but I sometimes somewhat mistakenly call it an epoxy.

Properly applied, it is tough as nails and will last a long, long, time without chalking...

http://www.axaltacs.com/content/dam/...G-Plus-Eng.pdf


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