Advice on painting the outside of my vintage trailer

Hi we just got a 1968 Woodsman travel trailer. I would love some advice on how to paint the outside. Some things I read say to use thinned out oil paint, And then cover with latex. Is this good advice?

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Comment by Robert W on April 19, 2011 at 4:00pm

No oil over latex!

Preparation is the key to a good job, followed by proper materials. Starts with a good wash and scrub with scotchbrite pads to remove loose finish materials. I'm guess you have aluminum siding on your camper. An etching primer needs to be laid down first, then sanded smooth and primed with a 1K or 2K primer. Sand smooth again, blow off all the dust and apply your finish color{s}

Problem is, most modern paints like to be sprayed for the best finish. Most people dont have a paint booth to control overspray. Neighbors hate overspray. Governments hate overspray.


If you decide to try rolling it on, be sure to use a slow reducer to allow the nap marks to flow out, and practice by starting on the roof.


Oh, and get a respirator. Lots of nasty stuff in that dust. About $20 at NAPA.

Comment by William Briggs on April 19, 2011 at 10:31am
The best paint-job I've seen is by a dude who happens to be here on this site. Search for "Dickie Vaughn" and look at the paint-job he accomplished.
Comment by martin vasquez on April 6, 2011 at 11:34pm
hi tony,what u need to do is remove all that mess thats on there,and when its ready for paint on with a singal stage,thats if ur going solid paint,if ur going met,go b c/c c then she'll look good,the best of luck,if u need any help,just call,ill be there martin
Comment by Natalya Helvie on April 5, 2011 at 9:53pm
Thanx for the info
Comment by Tony and Joy Durfey on April 5, 2011 at 9:38pm


    Tony here and NO!!! this is not good at all.  Latex won't stick to oil paint.  You will find it peeling off in big chunks.  I would suggest an auto paint.  Check with your local auto body supply store.  They can tell you what paint and most important what primer to use for your application.  Hope this helps, Tony, Joy and Cool Paw Luke



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