Subject: Teardrop Trailer Rot
Date: Fri, 04 Aug 2006
Just came across your site while doing a search.
I have a home built Teardrop trailer that is towed behind my motorcycle.
The problem. When I removed the tarp that it has been under for the last year I have found that the outer side of the roof skin has developed quite an number of cracks in the varethane that was applied to finish it and it appears to have started to rot/grow mold.
I am wondering if you have any products that can help out with fixing this problem. Short of removing the complete outer skin and replacing it. Besides the metal frame the complete trailer is made of wood covered with marine varnish. Any suggestions will be of help.
Our CPES (Clear Penetrating Epoxy Sealer) is the product that will solve your problem. You need to take the teardrop down to bare wood, sand smooth, and then treat it thoroughly (including seams) with our CPES. The CPES is toxic to all fungi/bacteria and will harden any soft wood. I would recommend two coats, allowing a couple of days (or longer) between coats, and then re-build the top surface with AT LEAST three coats of a marine-grade varnish, meaning a varnish that is rated for UV protection.
CPES is clear and will tone the wood in the same way that the varathane did. Coverage will be about 200 sq ft per gallon on the first coat, and about 250 sq ft per gallon on the second coat. You can apply the first coat of varnish as soon as the second coat of the CPES is dry to the touch.
Feel free to come back if you have additional questions. If you wish to order you can do so via phone or our secure on-line order form. We have warehouses on both coasts so shipping time is three days or less to almost any point in the US.