Painting a camper trailer

Submitted: Wednesday, Aug 01, 2012 at 15:46
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Totally confused with forums, paint experts and web sites on how to repaint an aluminium hard floor camper trailer, any suggestions would be welcome. There is no rust and the existing white paint looks like it was done 10 years ago.
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Reply By: Macca - Wednesday, Aug 01, 2012 at 17:14

Wednesday, Aug 01, 2012 at 17:14
Hi

I've just used Wattle Epoxy Gloss Enamel "Killrust" on the A frame that had been sand blasted during our journey across the Great Central Road.

I haven't been away again since so I can't yell you how efffective it is but if your A frame isn't galv it may be a product to have a look at.

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Geo
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Follow Up By: Member - Broodie H3 - Wednesday, Aug 01, 2012 at 19:15

Wednesday, Aug 01, 2012 at 19:15
Try using an etching primer on it as a base I believe you said the floor was aluminium, and then I use a marine paint to paint over the top . the etching primer helps to make the paint stick to the aluminium, or use an automotive two pack paint. that is what I had to do to get the paint to stick to my Ali boat. worked a treat.
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Follow Up By: Member - Broodie H3 - Wednesday, Aug 01, 2012 at 19:18

Wednesday, Aug 01, 2012 at 19:18
I forgot make sure the old paint is removed and the surface is thoroughly clean before painting
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Follow Up By: Geoff G2 - Thursday, Aug 02, 2012 at 09:49

Thursday, Aug 02, 2012 at 09:49
Geo
Thanks for that, Kill Rust would be just the shot for the draw bar, paint supplier told me to paint the whole camper in Kill Rust which didn't sound quite right.
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Follow Up By: Geoff G2 - Thursday, Aug 02, 2012 at 09:53

Thursday, Aug 02, 2012 at 09:53
Geo
Think I attached reply to wrong post, paint supplier told me to paint the whole camper in Kill Rust which didn't sound right.
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Reply By: DesF - Wednesday, Aug 01, 2012 at 17:24

Wednesday, Aug 01, 2012 at 17:24
Hi, We have been towing a trailer with bikes etc for years on dirt roads., I always have used paving paint applied with a brush , have found it to have excellent resistance to stone damage , it seems to have a rubbery touch,
Also you can touch up any damage with a quick coat, most are quick dry finish.
Cheers Des.
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Follow Up By: Geoff G2 - Thursday, Aug 02, 2012 at 09:44

Thursday, Aug 02, 2012 at 09:44
Des
Thanks for advise, does the paving paint give you a really dull finish?
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Follow Up By: DesF - Thursday, Aug 02, 2012 at 16:07

Thursday, Aug 02, 2012 at 16:07
Geoff, No. it is a gloss but it usually comes out a bit semi-gloss, It is still easy to wash etc,
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Reply By: Member - Grant- Wednesday, Aug 01, 2012 at 17:24

Wednesday, Aug 01, 2012 at 17:24
Hello Geoff.

It sounds like you may need to take it to a crash repairer. The issue is not that its aluminum, but that it is already painted.
The best result would be to have it finished in 2 pack polyurethane, (like a car).
If it were mine, i'd take it to a crash repairer for the best result. If money is an issue, i'd take it to a crash repairer for advice.

Good luck Geoff!
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Reply By: Rockape - Wednesday, Aug 01, 2012 at 21:44

Wednesday, Aug 01, 2012 at 21:44
Geoff,

I don't know what paint you have on the trailer so here goes.

First you have to get rid of any polish on the surface. That is done by wiping it over with shellite or prepsol.

Second you have to key the surface by sanding. All you have to do is make sure you dull all the surface with a wet and dry sand paper 240 grit.

Then clean again with the above solvents.

Now this is the tricky bit. You have to talk with the paint people to work out what paint you should use. You may need a barrier undercoat between the existing paint and the new paint to make sure everything will mate up. This is where the paint supplier will help.

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Follow Up By: Geoff G2 - Thursday, Aug 02, 2012 at 15:48

Thursday, Aug 02, 2012 at 15:48
Thanks for the advise, will try another paint supplier, the two I have been to were staffed with people just out of kindergarten and didn't have a clue one suggested an interior wood paint!!
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Geoff
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Reply By: Member - Bucky - Thursday, Aug 02, 2012 at 04:51

Thursday, Aug 02, 2012 at 04:51
Geoff
We love our camper, it's 11 years old and has done heaps of outback and local work, and is starting to look a little tattered.
It is cosmetic only !.
And it will be a major job to give it a full repaint. (SCAREY !)

I did the frame on our camper, 2 years back, and all looked good till we went on a short trip up to Innaminka, Thargominda, and back to Gippsland, via various dirt roads.

Once home I cleaned everything up, and was amazed that I had just wasted my time.
Not too sure what to do next, so before Cape York trip, I did not do a thing, and peppered it a bit more.

Still not sure exactly what I have to so to get it looking good.

The one thing I do is, make sure that everything mechanical, is in tip top condition. Every year I replace, renew, or resurect something, as I do not want any failures in remote places.

Still pondering the idea !
Still not sure what paint will wuthstand the rigors we put it thru.

Cheers
Bucky




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Follow Up By: Member - Julie P (VIC) - Friday, Aug 03, 2012 at 20:14

Friday, Aug 03, 2012 at 20:14
My husband always used a hammertone paint on our camper trailer - had it for 10 years, and still looked pretty good - he used to sand and wire brush alll surfaces before painting, and used a rust stuff as first coat.
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