Just like in your home, you may grow tired of the look of your RV’s walls and feel the need to make a change! If adding decorations isn’t cutting it, you may be considering painting your walls for a fresh, new look! There are certain factors to keep in mind during this process, but the result can be well worth it! If you don’t really know where to start, don’t stress! Here are some great tips for painting over RV walls and wallpaper!
Customizing your RV by painting the walls adds a whole dimension of personalization and style that can ultimately be hard to achieve in RVs! Adding decorations and accent pieces can only take things so far! There are a few factors to consider when trying to decide on whether or not to paint.
Things To Consider
-It is important to note that once you paint over your RV walls, it is next to impossible to restore them to their original state, so keep that in mind!
-Painting the walls could affect the worth of your RV! If you have a fresh, clean coat of paint on, it may not be as big of an issue, but it’s something to consider!
-If you’re a bit unsure of whether you’d like to paint your entire RV or not, consider painting an accent wall to see if you like how it looks before you commit to painting the entire interior!
Next you will need to determine whether the area that you would like to paint is vinyl, wood, or wallpapered, as this will determine your course of action!
Vinyl And Wood Surfaces
Vinyl and wood can be tricky surfaces to paint. Vinyl, in particular, is made to be easy to clean. It can be wiped down fairly easily and it resists dirt and grime from sticking! You'll tend to find wood on accent pieces, around control boxes, and around cabinets, but if you don’t like the look of them, you can certainly paint those too! Here are things to keep in mind when working with these surfaces!
-Be sure to have the proper ventilation in your RV before using any products. Open the doors and utilize your power vents to keep fresh air circulating!
-Always clean your walls before you do any sort of painting! You can use an appropriate solution to get any dirt, grease, mildew, etc., off, and always follow up by wiping the walls down with clean water and allowing them to dry before proceeding.
-Be sure to remove all wall fixtures, including switch covers, to prevent them from getting paint on them.
-Sanding the surface of your wall is a necessary step before priming and painting! Vinyl and wood are smooth and are meant to be cleaned easily, so sanding down the walls adds a texture that makes primer stick easier than applying to a smooth wall! Use medium-grit sandpaper and work in moderately sized circles across the whole wall, making sure not to sand too far down to avoid damaging the wall.
-Be sure to use painter's tape to protect your trim, surfaces, and window edges to ensure that you don’t get any stray smears or speckles where they don't belong!
-Always use a primer! Even if you've sanded, primers even out the texture of the wall and provide a necessary base for the paint to successfully adhere to the wall! Oil-based primers seem to work best, and at least two coats will be necessary to make sure your paint will stick!
-When choosing a paint, consider getting a semi-floss or glossy latex paint, as it's easier to clean than a more matte finish.
-Don’t let your paint dry too long before removing your painter's tape. You’ll want a few hour's worth of drying time, but removing the tape before it is fully dry reduces the risk of large chunks of paint coming off with the tape!
Painting Over Wallpaper
Wallpaper is a bit of a different ballgame, although there are a lot of similarities to painting on a wood or vinyl walls. Cleaning the wall, sanding, applying painter's tape, and painting are generally the same, but there are a few different steps to consider when painting over wallpaper!
-When you’ve determined that it makes more sense to paint over wallpaper rather than remove it and then paint, you’ll want to look over the entire wall and ensure that there aren’t any loose pieces of wallpaper hanging off, or chunks missing from the wallpaper!
-If there are loose pieces of wallpaper hanging, glue down these loose sections with wallpaper paste.
-If you find a chunk of wallpaper missing, you can fill in the hole with spackle or joint compound. Make sure to completely fill in the hole and then some, as it can always be sanded down so that it's flush with the wall!
-When sanding the wall, be sure to pay special attention to the edge of the wallpaper. You will want to sand down any edges sticking up, as well as any bumps or ridges in the wallpaper to ensure you have a uniform smoothness.
-If you don’t want to sandpaper the whole wall, you can choose to apply an oil-based sealer to the wallpaper to help prevent it from loosening or peeling after it is painted.
-When choosing a sealer and primer for wallpaper, make sure that you choose an oil-based one over a water-based product. Oil-based primers and sealers help seal the wallpaper’s adhesive. Water-based products loosen up the wallpaper and can even make it soggy, or lead to it separating from the wall after painting!
Now that you know these great tips for painting over your RV walls and wallpaper, you’ll be customizing your RV to have it exactly as you want it! Have you painted your RV walls before? Comment with your experiences or other helpful tips!