Exterior diy pop up paint job

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  1. Patti Patton

    Patti Patton New Member

    Mar 17, 2017
    I am going to attempt to paint the exterior of my pop up and put decals on it. I'll gently rough it up, tape off all the little doors and things, and use rustoleum. Any advice? Warnings? Hints or hacks?
  2. kreeves

    kreeves She and her two dogs

    Dec 4, 2016
    West Virginia
    Best of luck and post pictures. I will be doing the same thing later this spring. Make sure all of the goo is off from the decals or it will show through on your paint. I know there are other info on this site about painting so might want to look around.
  3. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

    We've done this on our last two pop-ups.

    First one, we removed all the decals and put new ones, from eBay, on it. Our current one, I really loved the decals, even though the main one had a scratch through it, so I taped them all off and we painted and kept them.

    Our pups decal shows a pup at a campfire, with smoke coming up, surrounded by mountains. It's so awesome! I imagine it's on many old Coleman campers.

    Anyway, we used spray cans and both came out great. My husband didn't like the way Rustoleum sprayed so we used another brand. The paint is good, he just didn't like the nozzle. We used four cans on our current pup. I don't remember how many on the last one, but likely more since we had to cover where the decals had been.
  4. Gunz

    Gunz Member

    Mar 3, 2016
    Ocean Springs, MS
    Is it actually metal, or dimpled fiberglass? If the latter, roll it with Valspar.
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  5. xxxapache

    xxxapache Well-Known Member

    Jul 30, 2008
    I would roll it regardless. I would use a 4" foam roller. I would put Penetrol in the paint to make it go on smoother.

    Rattlecan jobs on a large surface usually always look spotty.
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  6. Patti Patton

    Patti Patton New Member

    Mar 17, 2017
    IMG_0615.JPG IMG_0619.JPG Welll, I did it! Turned out great! I will attempt to post a picture, but that might be more difficult than painting the camper! I think I posted a before and after. Still have to paint the door. I also painted the roof with flex steel. Love it! Painted all the black parts black also.
  7. kreeves

    kreeves She and her two dogs

    Dec 4, 2016
    West Virginia
    Looks nice.
  8. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

    Oct 15, 2006
    Graceville, Florida
    Nice job, looks professional. Happy Camping
  9. Be-Ce

    Be-Ce Member

    Apr 5, 2017
    Albany, Oregon
    Have you finished yet?
  10. DFire2

    DFire2 Active Member

    Jun 18, 2016
    Central Michigan
    Have any advice for getting the leftover decal goo off dimpled aluminum skin? Would Goo-Gone work or better to use wire brush/wheel?

    Looking to paint it next year!
  11. pasobuff

    pasobuff Active Member

    Aug 6, 2012
    Upstate NY
    Have you tried mineral spirits?
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  12. Alli

    Alli New Member

    Aug 3, 2017
    How exciting! Timely too as I'm getting prepared to paint the outside black. Same reason for painting interior roof black. It'll be less "omg that pup is OLD." Even though the swinger kitchen was cool in the 70's it'll get redone as pull out kitchen (eventually). In process of removing decals now.
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  13. mrkrag

    mrkrag Active Member

    Dec 22, 2017
    Palm Harbor, FL
    I like using a Scotch pad abrasive wheel in my drill, or one of the wheels made expressly for stripping vinyl off of vehicles. It is a very common chore amongst sign shops, so there is a fast way to get it done. Just search Amazon or site of your choice for "3M Adhesive Eraser Wheel". Chuck that sucker up in a drill and strip all the bulk off real quick. At that point a fast wipe with some acetone or denatured alcohol should deal with the remainder of adhesive since it should be but a residue at that point. There is also a product for sign industry called RapidTac Rapid Remover, which is like paint stripper for vinyl. It works well on graphics so old they are not flexible anymore and chip and crack away. You spray this stuff on and give it a soak and the vinyl just bubbles up and you scrape it off.
    Best 'o luck

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