About a year ago I thought I would put some vent covers on. I looked at the a couple different brands, styles and decided on Maxx Air. I stopped at CW on the way to club RV rally to see what they wanted for them. Need less to say I didn't buy them from CW. I asked my dealers parts guy (located where were camping) and he got them for me for $60 a piece. After I got home I started to install them but decided that white and a full body paint job just didn't cut it. I checked around to see what it would cost to paint them and was some what shocked at the estimates. They ranged from about $300 to over $500. This project just went on hold.
So now about a year or so later I finally got around to installing the Maxx Air vent covers. Why did it take so long? I decided to paint them myself to match the coach. Considering that I have not done any spray painting for a number of years (like 15 or so) and the fact that the paint was about $35 a pint (that equates to about $200 a gal) I procrastinated for over a year. But, I got the paint, reducer, sand paper, a new spray gun (el cheapo from Harbor Freight) and got busy. Is the paint job as good as the body shop version? No, but then the price was right. Body shop version estimate was $300 to $500 and my cost was about $150.
So, if I score it like and inning of a baseball game - a few RUNS, a few DRIPS and a Few ERRORS.
A complete set of photos are posted over in the photo section.
So want does it take to do the job?
1) Spray gun
2) Air compressor with hose, fittings, line filter
1) Primer/Sealer- 1 quart
Note - Must be compatible with PLASTIC. Try Krylon Fusion Plastic primer if you can't find anything else.
3) Paint - 1 quart (1pt paint + reducer = approx 1qt)
4) Clear Coat - 1 quart Same as #2)
5) Reducer - 1 gallon
6) Sand paper - wet/dry 220, 400, & 600 grit
7) Wax and grease remover
8) Tack rags
1) Remove decals and hardware
2) Sand with 220 grit paper, water and let dry 24 hrs.
3) Clean with wax/grease remover and wipe down with a tack rag.
4) Spray with primer and let dry 24 hrs.
5) Sand with 400 grit paper, water and let stand 24 hrs.
6) Wipe down with a tack rag and spray at least 3 or 4 coats of paint (more if necessary). Let each coat tack up for about at least 15 mins depending on the temperature and let dry for 24 hrs.
7) Sand with 600 grit paper, water and let dry for 24 hrs.
8) Wipe down with a tack rag and spray as many coats of clear as necessary (I put on 4). Let each coat tack up for about at least 15 mins depending on the temperature and let dry for 24 hrs.
9) Reinstall the hardware and mount on coach.