May 28, 2014

The Trailer Roof

Colorado weather hasn't been very cooperative; there has been rain and wind nearly every day for a week.  I'm not complaining, after the two fire seasons we've had I hope this moisture continues.  Steve and I prepped the trailer to apply the first coat of Snow Roof's Mobile Coat.  As you will recall we applied the same company's Elastoseal to seal the seams using their polyester tape.

The gray Elastoseal has done a great job so far, I have not noticed leaks in the tack room where they used to be.  The tack room door is the main problem for water leakage since the door seal isn't working.  That's a really easy fix and we'll get that done very soon.

Steve and I placed painters tape where we wanted the roof coating to end and to prevent drips on the rest of the trailer.  Hmm, kind of looks cool with a blue racing stripe though doesn't it?

For the Mobile Roof coating you are supposed to pour out about a gallon per 100 square feet for each coat.  We did several coats over several days and used most of the 5 gallon bucket I ordered.  The coating is then spread out using a roller of 3/4 nap.  The roller had issues rolling so I wonder why they suggested such a thick roller.  We used a brush to get the coating into the side edge seam and then rolled it out to smooth any brush strokes.  After the first coating we could still see the gray underneath.  After the second coat though the roof was all white.

After 5 gallons of this stuff I was expecting to see a smoother surface on the roof.  I was hoping the "cast-like" seam tape would disappear.  Even though you can still see the tape line it doesn't really stand out that much though.  The reflective matte white finish looks good.  The seam tape and sealant does it's job; that's the most important thing.  Steve applied several coats by himself since he's home this week and could run out in the mornings that we weren't expecting rain.  I love him!  What a good horse husband he is!

The top is looking great!  I'm pleased with the results and the coating is supposed to reduce the heat in the trailer as well by reflecting 85% of the suns rays!  It's a well ventilated trailer that will stay white when we are finished so that should all come into play with keeping the temperatures reasonable inside.

Next steps:  

Finish up the outside rust treatment
Bondo screw holes etc.
Sand lightly


lytha said...

my first trailer was a rusted out junker from the 70s - had a hole in the wall, a top rear door latch busted so i had to bungee it closed over the horse's butt each trip, and the front window broke out so the wind blew straight back, blowing the manes of the horses, and i would laugh, making the tears flow from their eyes (i had a screen so no debris could fly in, but it sure was windy back there). i loved that trailer though - the floor was safe, the tack area was huge (i had a chair in there for lunchtime), there was no divider between the tack area and horse area so i could hang out with them on trips, the front window allowed me to watch the horses as i drove. but it was completely rusted, so awful. the other day i dreamed i was hauling it again and it was falling apart on the journey.

i do not miss steel trailers, but i'm totally inspired by your renovation of yours.

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

That looks great. I just wanted to let you know that my NibbleNets came in today and I took pictures of the horses trying to figure them out. So, at some point here I'll write about post about them and give you a link.

Christie Maszki said...

Sweet! I'm sure it won't take them long to learn and I know you will love them!

Anonymous said...

where did you buy your product at I can find it any where?