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Old 03-02-2010, 02:11 PM   #1
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Confused on exterior paint?

Hello All, I just purchased a 1974 18ft Kit companion travel trailer my husband and myself want to paint it and I have read so many different articles on what type of paint to use. Most say acrylic latex house paint but can automotive paint be used. We really could use some advice.
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Old 03-02-2010, 02:47 PM   #2
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I would suggest using an acrylic urethane. "PPGs Consept" comes to mind, if memory serves me right, it is formulated to go over exhisting paint with minimal prepwork. It is used extensivly by production paintshops.
Go to a local supplier of automotive finishes and ask their advice. Any of the better shops would be more than happy to advise you.
Good DIY project.
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Go to a local supplier of automotive finishes and ask their advice. Any of the better shops would be more than happy to advise you.
Good DIY project.
This is definitely what I would do.

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Ok thanks yall
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I'd go with auto paint too... Auto paint has some "Gloss" to it, In the old days it was Enamel or lacquer, not it's mostly acrylics. but it's a much harder finish than latex, which is after all rubber, and what's more when properly applied and rubbed out it is a very very very smooth paint (you can't rub out latex far as I know)

What does "Smooth" mean to you.. Why MILES PER GALLON of course cause the slicker the paint job, less "Drag" from the air you are driving through.

I've seen a car pick up 20% MPG from a wax job

I know.. I applied the wax myself.. Simonize, the old fashion kind.
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Welcome Dara64! You have found a very friendly group.

In fact I am saving your post as I have a 1985 18' TT that I will be painting as well.

Post pictures whenever you get a chance! We love those here

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Thought I would add some more now that I have completed my honeydew list for the day.
There are some places that rent spray booths out by the day that makes it much more plesant to do the job. I rented one to do sons car, cost was $75 for 24hrs. allowing for drying time in a dust free environment.
If you do not have access to spray equipment some shops can fill aerosol cans for you. These are not the cans you get from the hardware store they have a decent nozzle and are refillable.
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