Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Exterior paint on our vintage travel trailer

Well we finally picked out a paint color for our 1973 vintage Shasta travel trailer.  It was a little bit of an ordeal, but we finally got most of it painted and are putting on the finishing touches.

I couldn't decide what color to paint our little trailer so I let my husband do the honors and he picked out a color by Valspar called Ocean Whisper.  It was a pretty aqua color and it was bright enough to make him happy but not too over the top for me.  We went to Lowes to have them mix up our paint, but when we got there they did not have the tintable variety, but said they had a exterior paint that worked on aluminum.  We wanted to spray the paint on using my husbands air compressor and spray gun but the guy said that we wouldn't be able to do that.  So after reading many reviews about rolling paint on my husband decided he would give it a try.  He was not happy with the results.  We used a primer and roller for smooth surfaces but the the paint came out bumpy and did not level out like we were hoping it would.  So we went to our local hardware store to see if they had any tintable (oil based) paint and what do you know, they did.  It was Do it Best Industrial Enamel.

They had a deep base and pastel base to choose from and a gloss and satin finish.  I chose gloss because we wanted a nice shine.  In hind sight my husband said we should have use satin because the dings wouldn't have showed up as much.  Oh well, live and learn.  I guess that is the purpose of sharing blogs, so we might learn from others.

We sprayed in on using an air compressor and spray gun.  We could have used spray cans to paint our trailer but that limited our colors.  Although I wish the color would have come out just a little more green, I have to say it is still pretty darn cute!

I was really undecided as to whether to paint the trim red, so we did a quick test stripe to see what we thought. 
I didn't like the red as much as I thought I would, so we decided to just go with a white accent stripe.So we finished up painting our travel trailer with the Ocean Whisper Valspar paint color and painted the trim white.  But when my husband went to put the red brake lights and reflectors on I really like how the red popped against the aqua.   So we had some drip caps and decided they would look awesome painted red.

We are still putting on the finishing touches, but couldn't wait to post some pictures.  We will paint the screws to match so they don't show so much.  I really like the red, now I am second guessing the red stripe.  What do you think? Comments welcome!


  1. OMG! It's adorable! I love the colors you chose... or your hubby chose, he did good! :o) I was planning on brushing/rolling the paint on my trailer exterior but after reading what you had to say about that maybe I'll spray it. I still have no idea what colors I'll use... right now it's just plain white!


  2. I also am repainting my trailer and had similar results with rolling. My trailer sits in a very tight spot next to a neighbor's fence and I thought that it would be too hard to spray it. I rolled on the primer just fine, but the actual paint bubbled up on me as well. I ended up just brushing it on with an oil painting brush. It works but spraying it would be the best way to do it.

  3. I'm getting ready to paint the exterior of our travel trailer and was trying to decide which would be best..spray painting it or rolling.. Thank you for writing your blog about this.. I'm gonna spray paint for sure ;o)
    Ps.. love the colors and LOVE the red on the drip caps..

  4. How did you clean it before you put the primer on?

  5. This comment has been removed by the author.

  6. Were the corners of your trailer already in such good shape, with that beautiful metallic trim, or did you have to do some work on those? If so, where was your source, and do you have any how-to videos or suggestions? My camper has a couple of corners that are pulling away from each other. And some of my metal trim is looking a little blah.

  7. Thank you for the wonderful blog. It is indeed informative and useful We are into the same business. For know more about us, please visit caravans for rent in Western Australia today.

  8. exterior painting contractor
    Exterior painting jobs need to be of great quality to last for many years to come, MAC Design Corp does just those exterior painting jobs. A good exterior painting job will extend the life span of your siding and increase the look of you house. MAC Design Corp will make sure to take care of these several labor intensive steps involved in painting the exterior of a building: Prep work, protection, power washing, power sanding, scraping, caulking, priming, puttying and painting. Everything will done by professionally trained painters and prep workers, to make sure that your exterior paint is of the finest quality.

  9. This information is very interesting, I really enjoyed, I would like get more information about this, because is very beautiful, thanks for sharing.gardening jobs