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Old 09-17-2020, 06:43 PM   #1
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Default Roadtrek 210 Roof Project (thanks InterBlog!)

Less than two years ago I decided to tackle the paint and clear coat (peeling) issues on the top of my white '08 Roadtrek 210P {'07 chassis). I prepped and painted a couple small areas with small spray cans, and removed loose clear coat and scuffed/lightly sanded the roof, followed by a couple coats of two part clear coat. It turned out great but unfortunately only lasted about 16 months - the TX sun is brutal! Fortunately the tuition was relatively cheap. Given the rig is 12 years old with 130K miles, I don't want to spend big bucks on a total repaint, but I've got a lot invested in upgrades, it runs great, and we plan to keep it for several more years, so I spent more time this summer researching alternative solutions for my sun baked roof. I had just about settled on a product called Durabak, which is bed liner product available in many colors as both a smooth or textured finish. But then I ran across InterBlog's roof refinishing project on her Airstream Interstate using a product called Bus Kote, made and sold by Hy-Tech in Melbourne, FL. Further investigation revealed that many class A motorhome owners have used this product and appear to be very happy with its durability and heat reflection characteristics. It's easy to apply (e.g., brush, roller, or spray) and advertises that its "ceramic barrier reflects up to 90% of the heat back to the source". So after prepping my roof with an orbiter sander (using 80 grit discs), I used a 4 inch roller with a 3/8" nap to apply one coat of Bond-It (the primer), and three coats of Bus Kote. I waited 24 hours between each coat and fortunately the weather cooperated so I was able to complete the job in less than a week. Note that I didn't have access to a facility so the RV would be covered at night so I covered the roof with plastic each night to prevent any adverse effects from overnight dew. The only thing I have left to do is allow the Bus Kote to cure for 30 days, and then apply two coats of Flexi-Clear, another Hy-Tech product. The Bond-It is the consistency of skim milk, while the Bus Kote has the consistency of a banana pudding. It rolls on easy but there is a texture to it, and it is a brighter white than my RV but as I applied it, one really doesn't notice it from ground level (which is why I did not apply all the way down to the windshield). Many thanks to InterBlog for documenting your project and sharing the information online - it introduced me to the Hy-Tech products and helped me get the job done right the first time! So far I'm happy with the Bus Kote, so now I'm onto the next project which is to come up with a solution for the paint/peeling issues between the windshield and the Bus Kote (any suggestions welcome!).
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Pictures of the finished (less Flexi-Clear) product.
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impressive- I'm coming by for a quote!


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Old 09-17-2020, 08:14 PM   #4
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pm rowiebowie - I think he might be very interested in this process.

Thank you InterBlog!
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Can the Buscoat be tinted? My peeling van roof van is silver.
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Can the Buscoat be tinted? My peeling van roof van is silver.
Thanks - I was going to PM you but you saved me the email. From the Hy-Tech Solutions website - "All our ready mixed paints come to you in a bright white, tintable base only. You can have the paints tinted locally to the color of your choosing in pastel and mid range colors. Our paints will accept all universal tints and this way you can see the exact color you are getting and make any necessary adjustments.". Also, InterBlog applied the white Bus Kote to her silver Sprinter (https://interstateblog.blogspot.com/...oating-to.html). Note that there is a different primer for metal surfaces - InterBlog used Aqua Prime #15.

So far I'm happy with the product, product support not so much. The paint was shipped quickly and well packed so it arrived promptly, but I've called them several times with some minor questions and have always been routed to an answer machine. A week a go I left call back info and have not received a call. Earlier this week I sent an email with those questions and have not received a response. Little do they know that my son lives about two miles from their operation, so the next time I'm in Melbourne I'll pay them a visit!

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My van roof is too rounded to use white without it obviously showing.
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