Want to Paint Your Motorhome? Get Organized

If you plan to paint a motorhome, planning and organization will be the key to success. Assess and identify the tasks before actually getting down to doing the work. Plan and break down the task. Moreover, make a schedule for completing the painting job. This article discusses some planning and organizing tips that must be given a thought before commencing the painting job.

Tip Number 1: Require Help and Assistance

The first thing to remember when painting the motor home is that the motor home vehicle is sure to be huge. Painting the vehicle would require a lot of effort and time. Thus, it is a good idea to ask friends or family to help you in the painting process.

Tip Number 2: Paint Type

Decide the type of paint that must be used to coat the motor home. These paints can be broadly classified as plastic-based polymers and further classified as one that uses exposure to air and the other uses heat and air to cure. Both the paints come in the form of a volatile liquid and stick well to polyester resins, epoxy resins, and vinylester resins. Although any resin-based paint can be applied to the surface, it is advisable to use epoxy-based paints on epoxy-based resins and polyester-based paints on polyester-based resins to ensure better bonding. In extreme weather conditions, it is advisable to use epoxy-based paints, as it is both strong and flexible.

Tip Number 3: Right Temperature

Ensure the temperature is right when planning the painting process. The relative humidity must be below 60 percent and the temperature must be between 66 to 97 degrees F (19 and 36 degrees C). This temperature will ensure quick drying. In higher humidity regions, water droplets can be trapped in the paint resulting in a dull finish or causing the vehicle surface to de-laminate. If the humidity levels were high, the paint would not harden.

Tip Number 4: Cleaning the Surface

The surface of the motor home that requires painting must not be oily or greasy as the paint will not adhere to the surface. Moreover, if the surface is rough or has blemishes, they will show right through the painted surface. Thus, it is important to sand the surface using 200-grit sandpaper before applying the paint. Consider applying a primer after the sanding process.

Tip Number 5: Painting Method

Decide the method that you would use for painting. You have the option to use spray paint, or the roll-and-tip paint method. Both methods have their own pros and cons.

If using spray paint, the paint would be applied with the help of a pressure spray gun. This paint method is quick, consistent and gives professional-looking results. Moreover, it is a one-man job. Spray paint also dries quickly. However, spray painting requires some practice and if not done properly can be messy. Inhaling this paint can result in serious damage to the lungs, thus safety gear must be worn always.

If using the roll-and-tip method, the paint would be applied using a roller, followed with a tip from a fine bristle or foam brush. This method results in professional results and does not require professional painting skills. The paint is much safer and there is less risk of breathing VOC fumes. Unfortunately, this method takes a lot of time for completing and requires assistance. The paint takes very long to dry too.

Both methods have their own pros and cons. You may choose the right method as per your requirements.