Follow the step-by-step instructions below on how to paint your RV or camper exterior. Also, find links to all the recommended paint products.
Wash your camper’s exterior to remove any dirt/road grime. Also, be sure to remove all decals from areas that you plan to paint. Never paint over decals. I recommend using a decal remover tool to remove any decals easily.
To remove decals:
- Use a heat gun to heat the decal so that you can pull off the vinyl by hand.
- Remove any remaining decal residue with a cloth and Goof Off.
Caulk. Make sure all the joints do not have any gaps or cracks in the caulk. If they do, be sure to re-seal them before you begin painting. Reference the steps on this post: How to Reseal an RV
Tape/Mask off any areas that you do not want to be painted. Use the masking paper to block off larger areas from overspray.
Sand down all areas of the camper that you plan to paint. Use an 80 grit sanding block and lightly sand the exterior to create a smooth surface.
Wipe down the exterior with acetone and a microfiber cloth to remove any oily residue that might prevent good adhesion. Then, wipe the area down again with a damp microfiber cloth to ensure there is no dust.
Scuff. Allow the paint to dry, then lightly scuff the painted surface with a scuff pad. Then, wipe down the entire surface again with a clean damp cloth to remove any dust particles.
Recoat. Apply another coat of paint. If the paint still looks uneven after drying, scuff once again and apply another coat of paint.
Remove all painter’s tape and masking paper. Once the paint has fully cured according to the Dupli-color instructions, buff the surface to enhance the paint’s look. Enjoy!