Painting exterior of camper anybody ?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Repairs & Maintenance' started by manwababy, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. manwababy

    manwababy New Member

    May 27, 2008
    Has anyone ever painted the exterior of their camper ?
    I have a 1989 Palomino TXL I would like paint.
    I am trying to decide on the best aplication for durability ?

    This is a great site I am learning alot !

    Thanks Jay

    7/15/08 I will take pictures. I need to do some body work with bondo that you use for cars ? Then get some texture spray for spots that I bondo. Then re - stripe.
    Thanks for all the feedback !!!!!!!

    Edited by - manwababy on July 15 2008 23:17:19
  2. dupreet

    dupreet New Member


    A fellow Palomino owner here in NC repainted his recently. I am sure he will chime in.

    Basically, its a lot of work to prep the trailer, getting the old decals and stripes off. Once that is done, you can roughen the surface, clean it off well, and repaint. I think he used Rust-o-leum. I use it for my roof every year or so, and will be doing the body and walls this fall.


    Wife, 3 Kids, 4 Dogs, 3 Cats, The Wabbit
    '88 Palomino TXL hardsider
    '93 Ford E-350 Van
  3. klhayes77

    klhayes77 New Member

    Jul 12, 2008
    Hi, I have just began to get mine ready to paint.Just to let you know acetone will get the glue off that is left behind by the decals.I will priming mine with a product from sherwin williams called pro-cryl it is a industrial primer. Then i will be top coating it with a finish product called Sher-cryl also a latex industrial paint.I am going to be rolling mine since the siding already has a texture. Maybe a 3/8 nap not decided yet. Good luck. Take pictures.
  4. DBF wants to repaint our 93 Rio Grande. We have already done the painstaking work of removing all those pesky decals and pinstriping. Let me tell you those things are stuck on there really good. I never thought of using acetone to remove the glue residue, I tried to use Goo Gone, but it didn't work very well. I'll try the acetone.
    Please post pictures of your paint job, I would love to see it works out.

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  5. Tekboy46

    Tekboy46 New Member

    Aug 15, 2007
    Central Oklahoma
    I painted our camper with a short nap roller and high grade latex enamel from Lowes. The roller leaves a bit of texture but that was fine with me. To me, it looks fine. Prep on the smooth aluminum was done with a scotch brite pad to give some tooth for the new paint. I do all my fixes outdoors by the house and the Oklahoma winds meant spraying wasn't a choice. I cut in the edges with a 1 inch paint brush then rolled the rest. It's a pretty low-tech way to paint, but worked for me and looks a WHOLE lot better than the original green and yellow scheme.

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    1979 Starcraft Venture
    1996 Ford F150 TV

    Edited by - Tekboy46 on July 15 2008 14:43:11
  6. punkindad

    punkindad New Member

    May 28, 2008
    I am planning to paint mine soon. I have some white 2-part Teflon impregnated epoxy bottom paint left over from a boat repair that never happened. It will probably outlast the pup.


    Brian(the dad)-Still working on a perfect childhood!!"
    Celia-12(the punkin)
    1976 Jayco Jayfinch(on steroids)
  7. Big_kid

    Big_kid Virginia Beach, VA

    Jan 13, 2008
    I used Rustoleum & a roller on mine, and RV Roof paint on the roof. It didn't come out too bad, considering I'm horrible at painting.

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    Starmaster 8 68, Mercury Villager 95

    Edited by - Big_kid on July 15 2008 22:59:22
  8. sdn40

    sdn40 Member

    Jun 3, 2008
    I just primed and painted mine safety yellow by Rustoleum. The Coleman had a smooth surface and I wanted a rough surface to hide imperfections and acheived that with the primer and 3/8" nap roller. Worked out well. Click the camera for a couple of pics
  9. Tekboy46

    Tekboy46 New Member

    Aug 15, 2007
    Central Oklahoma
    sdn40, that looks sharp with your diamond plate and chrome rims. I like that scheme you have.

    1979 Starcraft Venture
    1996 Ford F150 TV
  10. punkindad

    punkindad New Member

    May 28, 2008
    sdn40 I like the paint job, but I really want the garage more! LOL
    I have to do my work outside still.


    Brian(the dad)-Still working on a perfect childhood!!"
    Celia-12(the punkin)
    1976 Jayco Jayfinch(on steroids)
  11. sg1215

    sg1215 my God, my Country, my Family, my Friends, myself

    Jan 13, 2010
    sdn40 that's a nice trailer.
    what size tires and rims are those, did you flip your axel?
  12. Island Ranger

    Island Ranger New Member

    Aug 14, 2006
    United Kingdom
    Nice job sdn40, so far I have only painted the under frame with Hammerite (Rustoleum) after wire brushing it, it now looks good as new.
  13. gdavis17

    gdavis17 New Member

    Sep 15, 2008
    I painted my coleman last year



    I just used a good primer and rustoleum paint on the sides. On the roof, I used a good latex. Looks great and went on easily. I rolled it on with a low nap roller.
  14. awsandlin

    awsandlin Active Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Your paint job really looks great and I love the looks of your neighborhood.
  15. ranger guy

    ranger guy New Member

    Mar 10, 2009
    sdn40 looks good !!
  16. Matt O

    Matt O Strangers are friends who have not yet met

    Dec 16, 2008
    Chester County PA
    GDavis, your pictures shocked me. Check out pics of my camper. I didn't paint it, the prior owner-Steve did, but still.... how many gray popups are there?

  17. BillBlackett

    BillBlackett New Member

    Aug 26, 2013
    Just got done painting my 95 Coleman Chesapeak. I would post before and after pictures, but it pretty much looks the same except it looks clean now, where as before, it always looked dirty.

    I had a few pinhole rust spots on the roof that needed to be taken care of, so I figured I'd do the whole thing while I was at it. Here's my materials list:

    Sponge with soap and water
    320 grit Wet n Dry sandpaper
    6 0z can of bondo
    80 grit sand paper
    Roll of 1.88 inch masking tape
    Paint Primer
    3" sponge brush
    1 quart of Rustoleum enamel - Flat White
    Paint thinner tor cleanup

    I started at 9:00 on a Saturday by washing it with soap and water, then I wet sanded it and gave it another quick wash. Then I went tot Advance Auto Parts to get some bondo and Lowes to get painting supplies. Stopped for lunch, and then mixed up and applied the bondo. While the bondo was drying I taped over all of the decals, reflectors and lights. By the time I was done taping, the bondo was dry, so I sanded it down with 80 grit sandpaper. Then rinsed off the bondo residue and began applying primer with the 3" Sponge brush.

    By the time I got done all the way around the camper, the first bit I primered was dry, so I immediately began painting, and was all done and cleaned up by 4:00.

    From 10 feet away, it looks fantastic, but as I painted outside in my driveway, next to the garage, if you get up close, you can see brush strokes and little spots where bugs flew into the paint.

    Reason I'm posting this:

    I had been hemming and hawing about how to do this for about a year now before finally deciding to "Just Do It". It's not a perfect paint job by any stretch of the imagination, but I didn't do anything to the camper that can't be undone and it looks a lot better.
  18. SqueaknMCrack

    SqueaknMCrack Air Force Brat. Army Mom

    Feb 23, 2012
    I am thinking about painting my camper. Y'all have great ideas! I have been collecting newspapers for a couple of weeks and stocking up on masking tape, so I guess the fun begins with removing the stickers and decals. great!!! thanks for the ideas!!
  19. Dubbya

    Dubbya Wherever you go, there you are...

    Aug 2, 2011
    Steinbach, MB
    You can use a drill and a pinstrip removal wheel from NAPA to take those decals off lickety split. A heat gun will allow you to peel them off as well.
  20. SqueaknMCrack

    SqueaknMCrack Air Force Brat. Army Mom

    Feb 23, 2012
    [:D] Thanks! I have a heat gun

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