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Old 06-14-2017, 08:46 AM   #1
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Re-Painting Skylights ???

Last year I brushed 5 coats of Rustoleum Ultra White paint on our Skylights over 5 days,,, it did a Great job of cutting down the Heat !!! This winter much of the paint blew off !!! I am wanting to repaint and am thinking I must prime first,,, my question is what have you guys that have painted yours use as a pre-cleaner before priming ??? The last thing I want to do is damage the plastic
I was thinking rubbing alcohol ???
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Old 06-14-2017, 09:00 AM   #2
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On my sky light in the bathroom,I removed the inner panel of the sky light. I then installed a solar film on that.Toned down the brightness and greatly reduced the heat build up.Been on there a year and still going strong.Did the same on our other 5er and it was still good when we traded after two years. Saying this,I would try to remove what old paint is on there and completely prime and repaint.Depending on the paint you used, I don't think rubbing alcohol will remove it. I would ask a paint store for something.
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Old 06-14-2017, 09:04 AM   #3
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The best thing to use to paint the skylights is a dedicated plastic paint. Rustoleum makes one as well as Krylon. I personally like the Rustoleum better, but either will work. Clean it well with paint thinner or mineral spirits.

The trick to getting it to last is to apply it in thin coats allowing it to dry between coats.

Also, if you're looking for the maximum light blocking, spray it first with 2 or 3 coats of white and then spray over it with 2 or 3 coats of black, and finish it off with a couple of coats of white if you want the top coat to be white. Or you could just leave it black.
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Old 06-14-2017, 09:21 AM   #4
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Thanks Guys !!!
I was thinking that Paint Thinner might damage the Plastic ???
Not sure the wind would allow me to spray paint ???
I did last year before I replaced the little bath vent,,, sprayed it with Krylon Fusion !!!
It held up very well !!!
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Removed inner panel of skylight (shower location). Wiped both surfaces with rubbing alcohol and painted underside of dome and top side of inner panel with Rustoleum white frosted paint. Looks pretty good seems to have cut the heat. Rustoleum said it was appropriate for the plastic . No outside exposure on the paint on either of the surfaces. Finished job appears translucent white.
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Maybe there is a reason for this question to be no, but why not paint the skylight on the inside, not the outside, with a plastic specific spray paint. Then it will never be out in the elements.
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Old 06-14-2017, 09:53 AM   #7
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Painting the inside might be a very good Idea !!!
But for me @ this point I need to re-paint the outside !!!
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I cleaned mine with rubbing alcohol and painted it with plasti-dip in a spray can. Been on there for 2 years with no issues. But mine is stored under a shed roof when not in use. I'm sure that helps keep the UV rays from deteriorating it.
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Old 06-15-2017, 06:24 AM   #9
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Mine was fine until winter,,, then it blew off in big pieces,,, it was thick and pliable !!!
Should have done a better job of prep !!! I think I will try Rubbing Alcohol & Primer !!!
I would spray them with Krylon Fusion,,, but the wind is always blowing !!!
Thanks all !!!
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When painting plastic, use an adhesion promoter. It will stick much better, and not flake off.
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When painting plastic, use an adhesion promoter. It will stick much better, and not flake off.
Is an Adhesion Promoter different than a Primer ???
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It is a form of primer, helps it stick better.
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It is a form of primer, helps it stick better.
Thanks Kenny !!!
I Googled it,,, sounds like a good product to use !!!
Rust Oleum has one that is clear !!!
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Painting the inside might be a very good Idea !!!
But for me @ this point I need to re-paint the outside !!!
Etching primer is the answer your looking for.
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I got a sun shade for an auto windshield, cut it to the dimensions of the sky light opening and attached small strips of velcro to the window frame and made-to-order sun shade. Keeps the sun/heat out; take it off when you want.
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Old 06-19-2017, 05:27 AM   #16
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I got a sun shade for an auto windshield, cut it to the dimensions of the sky light opening and attached small strips of velcro to the window frame and made-to-order sun shade. Keeps the sun/heat out; take it off when you want.
I tried that a few years back,,, every time it got hot in the MH they would fall down !!! Even tried gluing the velcro to the skylight frame !!! With the outside painted,,, the covers now stay up !!!


I plan to look for some spray primer next time I get out,,, & hopefully get some help from one of my Grandsons !!!
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The velcro does not work on mine using the silver insulation. When it get hot it would fall down. I had an old foam mattress pad. I cut to fit. Placed to strings across opening. Placed the foam pad above the strings. Holding good so far.
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The velcro does not work on mine using the silver insulation. When it get hot it would fall down. I had an old foam mattress pad. I cut to fit. Placed to strings across opening. Placed the foam pad above the strings. Holding good so far.
Had the same problem with the velcro,,, even tried gluing the velcro up !!!
I got some adhesive primer the other day,,, ZINNZER BOND !!!
hoping for dry weather tomorrow !!!
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We have been looking for options for this as well. The white blinds that cover the skylight may as well not be there.

Anyone seen other types of blinds? That may be an option as well.
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We have been looking for options for this as well. The white blinds that cover the skylight may as well not be there.

Anyone seen other types of blinds? That may be an option as well.
We took or cloth shade down,,, straighten it up the best we could,,, sprayed the H out of it with spray starch,,, like some lady said here back some time ago,,, and then put a pic of Foil Insulation above it,,,
Looks some what better than the sagging Pic 0 Crap it was !!!
That shade needs some support in the center !!!
Of course a painted Sky light also helps !!!
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