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Old 08-27-2016, 12:46 PM   #1
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Painted the Clear Dome over Shower

yesterday afternoon I painted the clear plastic dome over the shower stall with white paint, while up there I saw some small cracks in the Dicor sealant that needed to be patched and went back today to repair that,..... while on the roof at about 12:30 or so, I was curious to see if there was any evidence up there that the white paint really did have a benefit,..... I touched the white dome and nothing, just the slightest feel of warm, I reached over and touched the black ac cover and the black vent cover,.... then I just had to go get the gun and the camera, and the pics show the difference,... so yes I'm convinced its a worthwhile mod to do,...... the bottom temp on the inside pic is the outside temp in the shade,.......... I'm even more inclined now to paint those black covers with the same white paint, but not the half white/half black paint job that someone suggested for the ac cover,.... I'll leave the Zebra paint job to someone who thinks it has merit, I don't,.....
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Old 08-27-2016, 12:56 PM   #2
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Good info.

What was the temp of the clear dome before you painted it white? I guess I wonder how much heat it held or are you trying to block the direct sunlight into the shower?
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Old 08-27-2016, 01:10 PM   #3
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Good info. What was the temp of the clear dome before you painted it white? I guess I wonder how much heat it held or are you trying to block the direct sunlight into the shower?
I don't have any "before" info, but the intent is to block the sun which brings very hot temps into the trailer thru that clear plastic dome,...... and I wouldn't have done these pics today if the temp difference had not been so great when I was up there and touched the dome/vent/ and ac cover,....... this isn't my original idea, many other people have done this and posted about its effect, ..... the pics just give me proof that there is a benefit to it,......
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Old 08-27-2016, 01:36 PM   #4
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I painted the outside of my shower skylight dome last year with white, rubberized paint... the kind you seal eve's trough leaks with. It lowered the heat gain significantly. Don't need to see out that one anyway.
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Old 08-27-2016, 05:05 PM   #5
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ME TOO;

Painted mine white, helps significantly on theat inside the MH, and still lets in some light
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Old 08-27-2016, 05:18 PM   #6
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I painted the outside of my shower skylight dome last year with white, rubberized paint... It lowered the heat gain significantly. Don't need to see out that one anyway.
DW and I have major disagreements about that skylight, and a constant battle over the Reflectix piece that I stick up inside to block the sun, it disappears all the time,... she wants the light, is cold natured and welcomes the heat it lets in,.....I want to block the heat from coming in to help the ac and "Don't need to see out that one anyway",...... two overhead lights in the bathroom is enough light for anybody,..... she doesn't know I painted over the dome, but will tomorrow when we get to the cg and she removes the Reflectix shield to hide it,....... happy trailering.........
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Old 08-28-2016, 05:14 PM   #7
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We had the same problem with heat and also sun fading from our 2 skylights. DW likes the light and being able to see out of them so I couldn't paint them. We found some solar screen that was a nice compromise and it really reduced the heat. I just taped it to the top of the inside portion of the skylights. I'm assuming most have 2 layers.. the separate inside dome, and the outside dome.
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DW and I have major disagreements about that skylight, and a constant battle over the Reflectix piece that I stick up inside to block the sun, it disappears all the time,... she wants the light, is cold natured and welcomes the heat it lets in,.....I want to block the heat from coming in to help the ac and "Don't need to see out that one anyway",...... two overhead lights in the bathroom is enough light for anybody,..... she doesn't know I painted over the dome, but will tomorrow when we get to the cg and she removes the Reflectix shield to hide it,....... happy trailering.........
Same Disagreements here fella,,, and same fight with Velcro & Reflectix,,,
Velcro would only hold what it was cool !!!

I ended the arguments by putting 5 coats of White paint on both Skylights & the New Clear Bath Vent that I had just replaced !!! The original was about 3 years old,,, it was a smoke cover,,, and was totaled screwed by the sun,,, it had even cracked !!!
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What kind of paint are you guys using?
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I've had luck using Krylon's plastic prep primer. It's made for plastic materials. It goes on clear and before it dries use Krylon plastic paint and the results are good. I always go back and add two layers of Krylon clear laquer for protection of scratching. I decided to use the dark film first before painting my skylight. I got the "Limousine dark" tint. Yes, it did make quite a difference blocking out the sun and heat. I placed it on top of the clear plastic that is on top of the trim piece on the inside.
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