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