My husband and I just bought an older RV and are wanting to repaint the exterior to liven it up a bit. The exterior is that aluminum paneling. I want to know what kind of paint is best resistant to the weather and conditions that the RV will be experiencing. Thank anyone who solves this problem for me and my husband.

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Hey I am new to the site but thought I would comment on your post. I would recommend a good quality automotive grade paint. You will need prep the camper well because many times the aluminum will be become chalky. For ease of use, check out dupli-color's "color shop". It is pre-mixed in 6 or so colors (including white) so it takes the guess work out of mixing auto paint for the less experienced and itis a good quality product for the money. Primers are also available.

Depending on the quality of paint job you are looking for, you can technically use house paint that is compatible with aluminum siding....anything you apply should be sprayed. Hope that helps a little.....
I have been using either semi-gloss or full gloss Rustoleum on the RV's I repair for 12 years now. Rustoleum wears well outside and the color matches up after a week to 10 days in the sun. Most modern RV's use either the Antique white or one of the almond shades on the base and whatever color the pin striping is. The color will be very slightly darker then the pain you have on the RV. But the sun will match it up once the UV rays hit it and fade it to match. After that you can use rustoleum exterior clearcoat to lock it in. Clean the surfase first. Protect area from overspray, and shake the spray can up well and ofter as you go to keep it from cloging up on you. Especially the Glossy Rustolium.
Good luck with your project
I am looking to paint my tin roof --- any ideas on a rubberized paint that might work? My camper is a project for sure - we're replacing rotten framing at this point so we won't be walking on the roof anytime soon. I'd like to get it sealed up to prevent further damage.
VK, I am new to the group and also was wanting to put something on the top of my camper trailer. It doesn't leak, has not roof vents or seams. I am interested in mostly a cosmetic solution. It is a 1958 Aristocrat LoLiner and a lot of people, taller than I am, can see the top, so wanted to make it look good. Any suggestions? Also, I have heard that those cloth camper covers are not necessarily good to put over a trailer as they can rub the paint off on the edges and any wind can wear out paint and decals. Any thoughts along that line? How can I protect new paint job in winter when it has to be outside? Thanks for any help!
Elizabeth Milner
Thanks for your response. The top of the trailer is whatever the original finish was. (From 1958) I probably could just use a rubbing compound and clean it up some. If it is the shiny, or dull, aluminum under there, do you think I could just wax it really well in the fall and spring? Unfortunately, I live in a mobile home park that does not allow me to have the trailer on the premises, so it has to go to an RV storage lot, so either coating it really well with some sort of sealer or wax or using the fabric cover is my only choice. The hassle of putting a cover on has occured to me, as I would have to do this by myself. I did read, and I do it, that you should not allow snow, and we get a lot, to drift up against the sides of the trailer if you can help it. It will wick up into the frame and wood parts. I am totally on my own in doing anything with this trailer and disabled also, so this is a big challenge, but I want it so badly. Everyone says I am crazy, maybe so, have you ever been told that ????LOL I have made it this far so no turning back!!! Trailers are fun, even if I never go anywhere. I have had it 4 years and have towed it 4 blocks!!! Never have towed anything before, so that in itself will be a challenge!!! I have a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited, with all the tow equipment factory installed.
Am told this is sufficient if I don't take everything with me that I own!!!
Thanks again to you and anyone else that has any input that I can use!!


Hi Nick and Lisa. Any updates and photos on your painting project? pat
Comment by member DJRUFFLESS 12 hours ago on How to Paint a Vintage Trailer- See Before & After Photos in DJ's Photo Album.

One of my friends did it for a $150 bucks, crazy right. We used Valspar Duramax paint from Lowes for the white and some industrial Yankees blue paint (instead of the Yankees purple my wife bought) we had at work. We have our own paint dept. at work. I took a lot of prep. He first had to clean it from head to TOW. Then sanded it with a DA. And the taping was crazy every little thing needed taped. Then he put a bottom coat on let it get semi dry and sticky and then a finish coat. The paint has the primer in it already. My wife tried to paint it first (The purple stripe from the before pictures) with a Wagner and over sprayed everything. When we went to camp had to give a lot of tours and answer a lot of ?'s.
I just applied a coat of primer (Kilz water based product dried in 1/2 an hour) and top coated with Rustoleum Oil Based custom mixed color. It took 2/3 of a gallon to do my 16' trailer using a high density foam roller. The shine is great and after a couple of road trips there aren't any visible cracks at seams where panels meet. I'm also new at this venture so others may have better thoughts on the matter... gail




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