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How to Paint a Pop Up Camper - Peggy Sue Got Painted!

Monday, October 8, 2018


You know that feeling when you have been talking about, dreaming and planning something for a long time and the time has finally come?  Yep!  Me too!  I recently painted Peggy Sue.  I've been talking about this project for so long, and I didn't think it was ever going to happen.  But it did, and I'm going to tell you my easy peasy way to paint your camper too!




The Camco Wash and Wax with the drill brush worked wonders in prepping my camper to be painted!

First, start with a clean surface.  I purchased a soft drill brush that really helps get into the nooks and crannies.  It works like magic to get everything clean.  I paired my new brush with Camco Wash and Wax to get the job done!  A few weeks before I started, I did remove most of my old decals as well.  I do recommend doing this as the old decals can show through the new paint job and give it less of a professional finish.

After everything is dry,  you are ready to begin prepping and painting.  I'm a rather lazy painter, but I do think you should use some blue exterior tape around the lights and other places.  It didn't take that long and does make the clean up easier.


Prep the surface of the camper with exterior painters tape.

Once you are prepped and ready, you will need the following supplies:
  • Exterior paint with primer - I used Sherwin Williams Everlast from Lowes.
  • Small paint brush
  • Paint roller frame
  • Roller for exterior surfaces
  • Black semi-gloss spray paint for the undercarriage of your camper
  • Geocel sealant
  • Caulking gun
Lowe's Sherwin Williams exterior paint did a great job on this project!

The exterior paint with primer makes this a fairly easy job.  This paint glides on and provides great coverage.  However, I do recommend two good coats to make sure that you really get into everything.  I mopped around the taped lights first with a brush and then used the roller everywhere else.  On our small pop up camper, this only took about 2 hours really of actual paint time.

There were only a few places on each side to tape.  This was quick work!

Notice how much brighter the bottom of the camper is that has been painted.  The top portion above the door hasn't been painted yet.

I let everything dry fully overnight before removing painters tape.  Now, you can tape newspaper around the bottom or use cardboard to shield the camper so that you can spray paint the undercarriage.  Move with slow, sweeping motions.  Be careful not to do this on a windy day, or the paint will splatter all over your new job on your camper skins.

I had some stray paint along the edges that also just needed to be repainted too!

This semi-gloss spray paint worked perfectly.  And I only needed one can.

I used a piece of a cardboard box to shield the camper.  I reached underneath and sprayed small sections at a time.

One section is done.  The rest to go!

Once you are done painting, you can apply new decals if you like.  I ordered some decals from E-bay and will be sharing next time how to do this.  The finished product was well worth the work!

If you have been considering a new paint job for your camper, do it.  I wish I had not delayed this project for so long.  What is a project that you have been putting off?  I feel like a weight has been taken off of my shoulders, and I can't wait to tow this beauty down the road for our next trip!

Until next time!

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2 comments:

  1. How did you decide on the paint you used? We need to repaint the roof and potentially the sides of our camper soon.

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    1. I did a lot of research on this and came up with exterior house paint as an option that had the primer built in. It did work like a charm. Plus, I was looking for an option where I was not using automotive paint requiring special tools. I wanted to brush or roll it on and be done! I would recommend what we did again 100%! For the roof use an RV Roof Coating that says elastomeric in the name. We did this on our roof, and it has done well. And we may could have done the same paint all over, but the roof was a separate job. We also wanted to make sure that we thought about the direct heat that a roof would be getting as opposed to the sides all of the time. Let me know if you have other questions and good luck!

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