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How to Paint RV Cabinets

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One way to completely transform the interior of your RV is by painting your cabinetry. Check out this step-by-step guide on how to paint your RV cabinets.

What is the Best RV Paint?

If you’ve decided to paint your RV cabinets, unfortunately, you can’t just slap whatever paint you have laying around on your cabinets and hope for the best. When it comes to RV paint, there are 3 different types:

  • Latex paints
  • Oil-based paints
  • Water-based paints

Latex Paint

Latex paint tends to be the most affordable option and is also user-friendly. Once dry, it’s very easy to clean up.

That being said, latex paint can require a lot of prep work and a clear top coat to ensure it stands up to daily use.

Oil-based Paint

Oil-based paints are a popular choice for RV renovations because it’s very durable. This type of paint is also easy to clean (perfect for RVs) and tends to have minimal brush strokes.

However, oil-based paints have a strong odor. This can make painting in a small space (like an RV interior) a challenge. You’ll want to wear a mask and have proper ventilation.

Water-based Paint

The third RV interior paint option is a water-based paint. This type is ideal for RVs because it requires very little prep work. (For anyone thinking that there will be a paint that requires no prep work, think again – they all do).

The downside of water-based paint is that it can be more expensive than oil-based.

RV Cabinet Paint Recommendations

These are the paints that are recommended for painting RV cabinetry and referenced in this guide:

How to Paint RV Cabinets

Whether you’re completely remodeling your RV to live in, or just need to freshen up your RV rental, painting your cabinets is a great way to update your RV’s interior.

Let’s jump into how to paint your cabinets!

Instructions on how to paint your RV cabinets

More RV Renovation Ideas

After painting your RV cabinets, you may be on a roll with your RV renovations. Luckily, Happy Glamper Co is an expert in all things DIY RV renovation and has tons of guides to help with your next project.

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