How to Prepare Your RV for a Liquid Roof Application

Protecting your RV with a liquid roof is a great way to ensure that your investment is durable for years, or even decades, to come. Applying liquid roof is a very easy process that any DIY-er can do. All you need is a paint roller and a couple of days of nice weather to let the application cure.

However, before you can begin rolling on the liquid roof, it’s a good idea to prepare your RV. There are several steps to take before you begin the process, and these steps can ensure that you get the best possible application when the time comes. If you’re in the market for a long-lasting, durable RV roof coating, take the time to go through these steps first.

Inspect Your Roof

Before you can apply a liquid roof coating, you need to inspect the roof. You are looking for any holes, separation at the seams around skylights or vents, or loose caulk around the perimeter of the roof. These issues must be fixed before the liquid coating can be applied. You’ll need to remove loose caulk and re-caulk any areas that need it, and seal any gaps or holes in the roof material.

Next, inspect for rust on the roof, as well as on any screws or fasteners. Scrub this away with a wire brush as much as you can so it doesn’t cause the roof coating to go on roughly. Be sure to wash away any dirt as well, and get rid of any debris. If there is mold or mildew on your roof, you’ll want to clean that off before you apply the liquid roof application.

Consider a Primer

In most cases, a primer is not necessary for a liquid roof coating. In fact, it’s one of the many benefits of this product – you can apply it directly onto your roof without any other layers needed. However, if you aren’t the original owner of the RV, you may not know what types of coatings have been put on the roof already. These could cause your product to not adhere properly, so it’s a good idea to consider a primer if you bought a used RV. Primer is a bonding agent that ensures that all your hard work with the liquid roof pays off.

You must give the primer time to dry 100% before you apply the liquid roof. In fact, the roof must be dry in general for this step. If you’ve power washed mildew, for example, your roof will need time to dry.

Mix the Material and Get to Work

Finally, all that is left is to mix your liquid roof coating and get started. All liquid roof materials have instructions on mixing. Be sure you don’t mix too much in one bucket so that it’s too heavy to carry up to the roof. Follow the instructions on your product carefully and you’ll be ready to get your RV into great shape.