Painting the interior of an RV is a low-cost option to customize and renew the space. Painting the interior of an RV might mean the difference between owning an RV and owning a house for full-time RVers.
To successfully paint an RV inside, follow these four steps:
Step 1: Materials for Wall Preparation
- TSP or other degreaser
- painter’s tape and/or trim guard
- wall compound
- tiny putty knife
- fine grit sandpaper
The majority of RV interior walls are made of vinyl adhered to paneling. The paint will not adhere to the walls if they are not adequately prepped.
Begin by patching in holes and other defects with wall compound, allowing it to dry before sanding.
After that, sand the walls carefully to eliminate the sheen. Then, using a degreaser such as TSP, wash the walls, rinse, and allow to dry.
You may then want to tape off any places that should not be painted, but keep two things in mind:
Because the finish of fiberboard cabinets is little more than paper, painter’s tape will lift it.
Painter’s tape does not stick well to the plastic trim found on the majority of RVs.
A trim guard is a better solution.
Step 2: Priming Supplies
- Kilz, for example, is a water-based primer (TM)
- paint brushes of various sizes,
- paint rollers for small spaces
- a tiny painting tray
Once the RV inside walls have been cleaned and prepped, it is time to prime the interior. As needed, apply a thin layer of primer with small brushes and rollers.
Allow the primer to cure for at least a day, preferably more if you live in a humid climate.
Step 3: Painting Supplies
- latex paint with a mildew inhibitor (most bathroom and kitchen paints come with this agent)
- high caliber brushes of various sizes
- little rollers of high quality
- a tiny painting tray
Because RV interiors are modest, it is possible to purchase high-quality paint at a reduced cost because less paint is required. You may be able to purchase pint or quart-sized paint cans rather than full gallons. Because humidity is frequently a problem in RVs, choosing a mildew-resistant paint will assist to protect the walls.
Begin by cutting in with small brushes and then rolling over huge areas.
Because an RV interior wall is significantly smaller than a typical room wall, it will require much less paint. Make sure not to overburden your paint roller, as this may cause it to apply too much paint to the wall and leak.
Allow the paint to cure for several days, or longer if you live in a humid climate.
Step 4: Cleaning Supplies
- dish soap,
- cotton swabs,
- and an old toothbrush
Latex paint is remarkably forgiving. Wet paint can be wiped up with rags or cotton swabs dipped in water mixed with dish soap, depending on the quantity. If necessary, a toothbrush can be used to scrub.
There are several processes to painting an RV inside, but the ultimate result, a personalized environment, is well worth the work. Try it right now!