Sealant for enameled steel Lustron roof?

Peter Rogers
9/23/2003
For our all-porcelain-enameled steel Lustron house (c. 1950), I'm interested in doing some sort of comprehensive waterproofing treatment on the modular "tile" roof panels and ridge line. The glazing has deteriorated in spots, and we have sealed pin-holes every couple of years, but we are looking for a more "permanent" solution, perhaps some kind of clear sealant?
Todd Miller
Classic Products, Inc.
9/24/2003
Right off hand, I think that a high quality silicone or urethane sealant might be best. However, even though I have always been intrigued by Lustron homes, I am not very familiar with the exact way in which the panels go together. As you are probably aware, there are many websites out there about Lustron homes. I would suggest contacting some "experts" in Lustron homes and making inquiries with them. One site I found, which links off in many directions ultimately, is http://members.tripod.com/Strandlund/index.html Also, you may consider contacting the Porcelain Enamel Institute --- www.porcelainenamel.com
Guest User
3/24/2004
We have 2 luston homes and a single car garage, all the roofs need repair work done, the paint is coming off in large pieces. the roofs were all water washed and repainted in the last three years, but they are not holding up at all and we want to repair them before any major damage occurs. Please what can we do?
Todd Miller
Classic Products, Inc.
3/24/2004
I really don't know. This type of product is not used any more but it certainly did prove to be durable for many many years. Please look at my above post in which I mentioned that there are many websites out there dealing with Lustron maintenance. Surely one of them will be able to answer your questions. Sorry I cannot be of more help.
Guest User
7/28/2004
There is a product called Rust Bullet that has kept my roof rust in check for a year. Like automotive rust converters, it bonds with rust into a durable polymer. Unlike the latter, it comes in paint cans. As normally you would apply two coats, preferably on the inside, it's probably smart to disassemble roof sections and do the dirty work in the garage. Where holes exist, paint over a patch of plastic screening. Then touch up the outside with fiberglass filler before re-enameling.
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