Keystone Travel Trailer with a freshly painted exterior with a firepit in the foreground
Keystone Travel Trailer with a freshly painted exterior with a firepit in the foreground
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How to Paint an RV Exterior

RV Exterior
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Is your vintage camper (or even your new camper) in need of a paint job? Give your RV a new lease on life with an exterior paint job. Follow these step-by-step instructions on how to paint your RV exterior.

Whether your RV is a pop-up camper, travel trailer, fifth-wheel, or motorhome, this guide will help you. Included is the prep work required before you start painting, how to remove the decals, and how to paint clean lines. Plus, we share top product recommendations so your camper comes out looking fresh.

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Instructions: How to Paint an RV

How to Protect Your RV’s Exterior from Damaging UV Light

Now that your RV’s exterior is cleaned up and freshly painted you’re going to want that finish to last. The sun’s harmful UV rays can make quick work damaging the finish on your motorhome or trailer. Over time, sun exposure can make your RV decals fade and can dull the finish.

Here are some simple ways to keep your RV’s exterior looking like new:

  • Wax your RV regularly
  • Park in the shade when possible
  • Store your RV properly in the winter or invest in a high-quality RV cover

There you have it, 10 easy steps to paint an RV exterior!

Remember to properly prep the exterior surface so that the paint has something to adhere to. Go slow and do it right so you don’t have to do it again next season.

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