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Old 09-23-2013, 09:06 AM   #1
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Question How to paint my RV

I just bought my brothers RV ( deceased :-). ). Minnie Winnie 1992 27 ft.
It is mechanically great and inside is great but minnie Winnie Needs a paint job. It has cracked strips all around and has that faded beige color. Not liking it. I would like to paint it white. I am an artist so I can manage strips or graphics but What kind of paint?? Help ?! Any who has successfully accomplished this~ your suggestions of type of paint and application would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 09-23-2013, 09:18 AM   #2
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Is this an aluminum camper shell mounted on a van chassis? Is the entire roof/sides aluminum? Or is it fiberglass?

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Old 09-23-2013, 01:28 PM   #3
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Hi Victoriarae and Welcome to the forum!

I'm guessing you probably don't want to spend $5K-10K having it professionally painted and it sounds like you want to handle it yourself.

I might suggest you Google "roll and tip painting". It involves using durable marine enamel paint and I've seen some pictures of amazing results on cars, boats and RVs.

Best of luck and let us know what you decide and then pics of the process.
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Old 09-23-2013, 06:48 PM   #4
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If its fiberglass, DuPont Nason paint and clear coat worked really good for me. Lots of info on the internet on techniques
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Old 09-23-2013, 06:57 PM   #5
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For an older "inexpensive" RV you'd be surprised at how good a roller and fine brush do with good quality house paint.
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There's lots on YouTube about this. Whole paint jobs or just adding stripes. For someone with the right amount of talent and gumption, it looks like fun. \ken
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:16 PM   #7
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Four years ago, I went to Lowes and got the blue tape, and spray cans of paint and spent a couple of afternoons, and 6-packs & painted my '87 Pace Arrow 34' stripes and front & rear caps. It is still holding up. Eddie Elk.
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It is fiberglass on the home aspect but the truck or cab is just like any auto. While painting the home the cab is of great concern or challenge. Any ideas and suggestions are much appreciated. For those who are willing a picture tells a thousand words!
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Visit some RV paint shops as potential customer and ask about their paint products, surface preparation they do and methods of application. Maybe a painter moonlights on the side.
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Old 09-24-2013, 12:03 AM   #10
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How about a camo paint job? Wouldn't break the bank and you could do some "stealth" camping!
Really though, there are places in Mexico that do wonders with rattle cans. You could probably do as well but I'm not sure about the longevity of the paint
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I'm getting ready to paint my class A, but I've had a lot of experience doing automotive painting, and wouldn't even consider using a brush or roller, or using any type of house paint. That being said, I have heard that some automotive paints will flow out smooth enough after application with a fine roller that they look pretty decent after curing. I don't know from experience. House paint will not adhere properly to any part of an RV for the long term, and I certainly wouldn't waste all that time applying paint just to see it go to pieces in two or three yrs. There are good reasons automotive paint is so expensive...mainly, it works best on vehicles. House paint works on houses :-)
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Old 09-24-2013, 11:40 PM   #12
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Folks we're not talking about a 3 yr old 42' DP It's a 22 year old less than 10K MH. It's beyond reason to spend what is being proposed on this vehicle. Have you priced good automotive paint (and it has to be low VOCs by law in most areas that means $$$$$) I'll guarantee you that a "20 foot" paint job that lasts 4 or 5 years will work here. This is not a full blown high dollar restoration in progress. BTW, very good house paint is very close to good marine paint in durability and "flow out"with a roller or brush. Some reasonable prep has to be done but not a full blown Concourse paint job. Trim strips can be done with rustoleum rattle cans and last as long. It can be done and it can look OK for this project.
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Old 09-25-2013, 05:06 AM   #13
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Id check with a vinyl wrap place also. It might be real inexpensive to have a wrap made for it.
They do admit trucks and racecar trailers all the time and it holds up.
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We used housepaints on cars when I was younger. Roller and refreshments. Worked great and stood up for several years Looked respectable and it doesn't break the bank. Cheers Gerald

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