Truck bed liner sprayed on roof?

Discussion in 'Roof/Floor Repair & Maintenance' started by DansAndDogs, Apr 3, 2009.

  1. DansAndDogs

    DansAndDogs New Member

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    I have the great fortune of possessing one of the cracky/saggy Coleman ABS roofs. I'm not willing to spend the $3000 it would take to replace the roof, so I'm looking for a cheaper fix. I should also add that trying to fix the cracks with the ABS goo recipe would be nearly impossible as they appear now quicker than I can keep up with, plus, I now have some sagging causing the sides to bulge over the slide-out. I was wondering if anyone has ever had Line-X or similar truck bed liner applied to their roof. Here is why I'm thinking about it. 1. Cost- about $1000 (expensive,but cheaper than 3K) 2. Guarantee- the Line-X guy will guarantee it against cracking. He says that it will flex and won't crack. He also thinks that it may stop any further cracking of the ABS under it. 3. Looks- I think it will make a better looking fix than, say a rubber membrane glued to the top.
    Any thoughts would be appreciated. I really love the layout of the camper and I have too much in it to just get rid of it.
    Thanks.

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    Retired Alex New Member

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    Have you considered the weight of the spray on material? The added weight will put more strain on the lift system and may also cause further sagging and spreading of the roof itself.

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    Yeah, should have added this in: the weight of the spray on would be about 50 lbs. I figure spread evenly over the whole roof, it shouldn't be a problem.

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  4. MarcSharon

    MarcSharon For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord

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    Well I am thinking this is a good Idea I mean an ac unit weighs that much, so I don't see weight being an issue, I may spray mine after fixing the side boards, instead of aluminum would make it water tight

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    I was thinking that maybe instead of taking my a/c off, I may just have it sprayed all the way up to the seal. May be a pain if I ever had to remove the a/c after that, but I would think it would make a tight seal?

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    You can buy a do-it-yourself bedliner kit. $1000 is insane! If you use a black coating the roof issues may accelerate. I would suggest SnowRoof or some other coating.
    If you spend $1000 and it continues to crack until it is un-usable, do you really believe that your "guy" will be able to do anything about it?
    $3000 is a whole lot o' money! However, it will be permanent and add to the resale value if you ever part ways with it.

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    You should be able to get a Bed Liner Kit from An Automotive Paint store and do it Yourself. They come in White also. SOme of these kits can be rolled on. They are a Two Part Urethane so they cure out and are very durable. Google White Bed Liner Kits and you can see some different brands. The biggest concern I would have with a bed liner on a ABS roof would be adhesion. It would need to be sanded and scuffed well.

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    Something else to consider might be an Elastomeric Roof coating. I just put it on my Starcraft roof and it basically looks like spray bed liner (the texture) after rolling it on. It's cheap and easy to apply and weighs hardly anything. One coat used about 1/3 of a gallon, so you could easily do your roof with a gallon and it will cost you a whopping $15. Apply a fresh coat every few years when it starts to get worn and it should stay leak free and looking nice. Just a thought.

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    I am not sure how the bed liner would add any structural strength to the roof. Since you already have cracks and the bulge in the side, the structural integrity of the roof has been compromised. I would think that the roof is already flexing too much and allowing the cracks to form and a flexible coating would not help . If it were me, I would first look for a way to reinforce the roof and then try to seal it. Is there a way you could fasten and glue 3/32" or 1/8" aluminum flat or angle stock to the roof frame from inside? You would need to remove the ceiling first and then attach them to the sides of any frame members (not the underside). I would then consider a membrane style roof materail overlayed on the existing roof.
     
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    Bedliner is a good option...First, fix the cracks using MEK goo and fiberglass cloth, even if you have to lay on large sections of cloth in ugly looking patches. The bedliner will cover it, anyway After the roof is structurally sound, put on the bed liner. I doubt if it would add even 50 lbs. You can do it yourself with about 2 gallons. I'd guess it would add at most 25lbs. I agree...$1k is insane. You can do it yourself for under 200 bucks using a roll on liner. Grizzly Grip comes in colors including white.
    http://www.grizzlygrip.com/colors.asp

    I have not used Grizzly Grip, but I have used Herculiner which also comes in white:

    http://www.herculiner.com/

    My Jeep has a fiberglass top that is gelcoated like a boat. It got tons of stress fractures in the gel coat. I rolled on Herculiner. It went on smooth and looks sprayed. After 5 years, it still looks great.

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    Edited by - xxxapache on April 05 2009 22:44:21

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  11. Raycfe

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    1,000 is a lot of money. A car dealer pays them about 300 to do pickup bed, The spray in liner would only work on a good roof. It would make a bad roof worse. The sagging and bowing are the problems. Strong side boards and some interior ceiling ribs may help. Just my 2 cents

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  12. DansAndDogs

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    Thanks for all the suggestions, how would I go about trying to reinforce the roof? It already has the cross member that they added in later years.

    2000 Coleman Utah
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    I did a little checking with the folks at Grizzly Coat....

    This product looks very promising as a roof coating. If prepped correctly it bonds well to Aluminum and fiberglass surfaces. and best of all normal thickness will only add around 20 lbs of weight on average. IT is UV stable with the additive and flexible so it should (if prepped correctly) last a long time between paintings.

    Cost to do a 12 foot roof in there product is around $200 shipped to the west coast. If your closer you can save a bit in freight.

    Contacted some of there references and so far the ones that have responded have all been positive. The boat folks really like the stuff and none have had any issues pealing or chipping.

    May be worth looking in too....

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