Picture this. Spring has come, the snow has melted and the warm weather is on its way. You go to your RV, and begin to get it ready for the upcoming season. . You’ve pulled off the cover, given your RV or motorhome a good scrubbing inside and out, did the usual walk around to see what damages may have occurred over the long winter; everything looks good and it’s time to check out the roof. To your surprise, there has been significant damage to the roof, and upon further inspection, it seems it’s due to the rubber coating being a couple of years past its prime. Want to avoid this tedious (and costly) situation? Follow the 13 step process below to get your RV roof looking as good as new in no time! If you notice any bubbles, hear any crunching or sunk in areas on the RV roof, please speak with a professional and ensure that the area is safe to be restored and replacement is not needed, regular maintenance and upkeep of the area will minimize chances of the need to replace the roof entirely.
- Paint roller tray.
- Agriculture-style sprayer for the cleaning solution.
- Safety glasses and gloves.
- Plastic cover for sides of RV, with accompanying tape to hold it all down.
- 2,000 psi pressure washer.
- 1 quart of Dicor EDPM cleaner and activator solution per 125 square feet.
- 1 Gallon of Dicor EDPM acrylic coating per 125 square feet.
- Clear skies and warm temperature for the next 24+ hours.
First things first you’re going to want to make sure your roof is an EPDM (rubber) style roof before we begin anything! If you’re unsure of the surface please consult your owner’s manual or check out www.dicor.com for assurance!
Now that we’ve got that all sorted out, it’s time to get things rolling! (Please be advised all sealing of fixtures is recommended to be done about two weeks before roof resurfacing.) Before you being the cleaning and coating of your RVs roof there are a few preliminary steps that you are going to want to take:
Make sure that you have completed covered the siding of your RV from roof to ground to ensure that none of the dirt runoff has a chance to stain your beautiful motorhome away from home!
With a light broom climb up and give the surface a quick sweep to ensure all debris and loose dirt is removed. Be sure not to use any external cleaners on the roof.
Double-check the forecast for your area, you’re going to need at least 24 hours of warm weather and as much sunshine as possible to ensure that the sealant sets and cures properly.
Alright! With your RV siding covered, and sunshine for as far as the eye can see you’re ready to get into the good stuff! Follow the next 12 steps carefully and you’ll have a brand new-looking RV roof to last you for years to come!
With part one complete, take a deep breath and get ready to begin the second process in repairing your RVs weathered roof!
And that’s it! You now have a roof that looks as good as new and will last you for years to come!
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