So I'll be spending most of 2014 in Alaska and probably living in my 1989 B17G Bigfoot
most of the summer on an extended work assignment. My job will be working all hours, thus sleeping all hours, and there can be up to 22 hours of daylight during the summer. In order to get any decent sleep I need a cool, dark, and quiet environment. So while I've been spending the winter in California, I've been doing some work on the trailer and trying different things to get it ready for service in Alaska next year.
I've cut pieces of Reflectix to fit all the windows
and attached them to the inside with pieces of Velcro. This is working very well and keeps the trailer pretty dark, cool during the day, and keeps the heat in at night. But I don't want a big piece of Reflectix over the front window. I like to open that up when I wake up to get some immediate light
in the trailer and I don't want to fuss with peeling off and rolling up a big piece of Reflectix every time.
The problem is that the fiberglass rock (gravel) guard is not exactly light
tight. I will install a U-shaped rubber seal around the perimeter lip to make a better seal against the body of the trailer. But even then, a lot of light
passes through the gelcoat and fiberglass creating an annoying orange glow inside the trailer during daylight hours.
So I was thinking that a couple coats of paint
on the inside would take care of it but I was wondering if anyone has ever done this and, if so, what I should look out for. I'm wondering the following;
1. Would black paint
be the best choice? Or maybe that spray-on undercoating if it isn't too heavy?
2. Was any prep work needed on the inside of the guard? If so, how much?
3. If paint
was sprayed, how many coats to make it fully opaque?
4. Any other tips/suggestions?
Conversely, if anyone thinks this is a bad idea, please share. I've tried to "what if" it to death and can't think of any good reason this won't work other than I'll probably have to install a prop rod to hold the guard up rather than relying strictly on the struts.