Anyone paint exterior?

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  1. RVACampFam

    RVACampFam New Member

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    We are considering painting the exterior of our pup. Curious what color others may have done? We're redone the interior but are stuck with the hunter green on the vinyl. Would love to see what you have done l
     
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    I'm finishing up the inside of my camper but in fall I'll be doing the outside. Painted the roof white, the sides will be a blue and white PSU color tribute. Not sure of paint types yet so curious to see your replies
     
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    I don’t mean to hijack your thread but I am painting the exterior of mine as well. I have a few questions that I will ask here rather than start my own thread and maybe get some answers for both of us...
    What exterior paint do you use?
    What is the best method of application? Foam roller or rattle-ball spray can?
    Any other suggestions that would make this go easy/smooth?
     
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    tzmartin Not here for a long time but here for a good time!

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    We've wanted to paint but the hunter green paralyzes us as well. Any professional decorators here?
     
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    We just removed all of our vinyl striping, decals, etc. Looking to paint our 2005 Fleetwood Niagara. What is the best product to use?
     
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    90% prep...10% Paint....are there dents and dings you are gonna repair?....are you looking to do a professional job or something to get by?...auto motive paint in a basecoat/clearcoat is what i would use...clear coat will help keep it from fading and give it a nice shine.
    Nothing will stick unless you clean it well and rough up all surfaces.
    Not knowing your skill level and access to tools i cant give you much more info.
    How bout a picture of it to start off with.
     
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    Definitely auto paint, although I think I'd skip the clear coat, especially if you are going with a solid (non metal flake) color. But you'll need a spray gun and compressor. And a relatively clean room/protected space to do it.
    I also agree with 90% prep 10% paint.
     
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    Many have had success with Rustoleum boat paint. Google "roll and tip".
    I've built and restored several boats with this method and the results are pretty amazing.
     
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    Painting the exterior was one of the first things we did. After a YouTube search, we actually used spray paint. It sounds odd but it looks so much better! We removed the vinyl decals, then primed and painted with Rustoleum. It was an easy job, and touch ups are a breeze!
     
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    Dede, can you supply a few more details as to the steps you took in removing the stripes, prepping the surface, and painting your camper?
     
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    We used a heat gun to warm and remove the decals.
    It was very easy actually. You want to be most careful that you are simply warming the adhesive behind the decals, and not burning and bubbling up the paint in the area. We used a plastic scraper to help lift the decals where needed. I think you can search YouTube and find videos. I believe the YouTube users name is tiny boat nation. He’s working on boats, we simply applied his methods to the camper.
     
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    This is the video we watched.
     
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    We lightly wiped down our camper, we didn’t have any damage to it so there wasn’t more than that to do. We did use rust oleum primer first. We did not have to do any sanding before the primer… We simply sprayed on the rest oleum primer. We let that dry, and then did two coats of our finish color which was blue. I will post photos later today. The whole thing took us half a day,
     
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    Looks good, amd thanks for the tips. How many cans of primer and paint did you use?
     
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    I don’t remember exactly how many we used... maybe 3-4 cans of primer at the most. We did a light coat of primer. We might have used 5 cans of Blue. It’s surprising how far the paint goes. We did go lite with the paint and built it up with thin coats, to avoid any drips. We also used a handle for the spray paint, which made a big difference. I’ll post a picture below
     
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    Thanks again
     
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