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Old 01-06-2014, 04:33 PM   #1
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Hi all,
My wife and I just bought a 1975 Boler that is in pretty good shape. It currently has what I believe to be the standard 1/4" Insulite insulation. Maybe it has a vinyl coating...?
Anyway; the seams.
there is no seam tape or anything covering them. From what I can tell most people are just caulking the seams. Is this correct?
Is the Insulite paintable and if so, is there a particular primer that is being used (1-2-3)?
Is it worth replacing the insulation if it's in decent condition?
Is it warm enough?
Any advice on this is more than welcome!

Thanks,
Brent
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Old 01-06-2014, 06:19 PM   #2
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to the Forum Brent.

There's a lot of information on this subject.
I know a lot of helpful people will fill you in on it.
I wouldn't venture to dismantle anything until you hear from them.
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OMG, don't remove the ensolite. It's expensive and time consuming to replace. Yes, you can paint it (Zinser?) and the seams can be filled with paintable caulk. If you take a damp paper towel and tap the caulk while wet, it will texture pretty close to the same as the ensolite and nearly disappear when the whole thing is painted. HOWEVER, if the ensolite is in good shape (other than the seams), clean it up and go camping!

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Old 01-07-2014, 12:41 PM   #4
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Thanks! We won't remove it. Caulk and primer it is.
Zinsser 1-2-3 is your recommendation?
Any special paint, or do you think that once it's primered, it's good to go?

My next question: condensation.
I've been reading some other threads about it, but do you have any input?

Thanks for your help,
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Donna D. -
Thanks! We won't remove it. Caulk and primer it is.
Zinsser 1-2-3 is your recommendation?
Any special paint, or do you think that once it's primered, it's good to go?

My next question: condensation.
I've been reading some other threads about it, but do you have any input?

Thanks for your help,
Brent
Never sleep in it without the roof vent open about 1/2" or more. especially when it is cold outside. Some of the heat inside will vent out the top, taking the condensation with it.
A person can produce a pint to a quart of water vapor overnight simply by breathing.
Zinsser "Permawhite" is a mildew proof paint which works without primer and can be tinted to pastel.
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One can purchase seam tape but if you caulk using a damp sponge to "dab" the caulk does appear to provide a textured surface that really does blend in well with the ensolite.

Ensolite is enough insulation to deal with temp differential condensation (sweating like a cold glass on a hot day) but you do have to open a vent or window a little to deal with moisture from exhaling and things like wet towels, cooking steam or doing dishes.
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