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How to Paint the Interior Walls of an Old RV

Painting the Interior Walls of an Old RV

I have written specifically about painting the exterior of an RV, but what about the interior? I receive numerous questions about this topic every week, so I figured it was about time I shared my tips! Here is everything you need to know about painting the interior walls of an old RV.

First, Find the Flaws with a Utility Light

To find the problems, inspect the entire wall surf

To find the problems, inspect the entire wall surface by holding a utility light close to the wall and “raking” across the surface. The light will highlight wall flaws that aren’t obvious to the unaided eye. Circle each problem area with a pencil (not a pen or marker, which may bleed through paint later) to mark it for repair.

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9. Clean up

You’ve done multiple coats, but it’s not time to relax just yet. Remove all the painter’s tape and gather drop cloths, making sure any spills or splatters are dry before you move them. For latex- and water-based paints, clean brushes with soapy water, though oil-based paints will require mineral spirits. You can use a painter’s brush to clean and reshape bristles. If you want to reuse roller covers, use the curved edge of a 5-in-1 tool to remove the excess paint under running water (they’re also useful for opening a paint can, removing nails, and scraping).

5. Clear the area

Now you’ve got the right amount of paint in the correct finish and color of choice, you’re ready to take the next step in painting a wall.

‘Start by clearing your working area to give yourself ample painting space,’ says Lick’s Interior Design and Colour Psychologist, Natasha Bradley. ‘Put away your favorite furniture items and anything you don’t want to get splatters or splodges on. 

‘Put a protective dust sheet down to save your flooring and any furniture that’s too heavy to move. Newspapers and bedsheets won’t be sufficient here, but either a canvas or a plastic drop sheet should work equally well.’

Helen Shaw, UK Director of Benjamin Moore adds: ‘Before you jump in with your paint brush, make sure the space around you is prepped and cleared – you don’t want to be spilling paint over your new sofa! If there’s not enough space to clear the room entirely, push everything to the centre of the room and cover, don’t forget to also cover the flooring.’

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4. Determine how much paint you’ll need

Whether you’re painting a powder room or the exterior of your house, the general rule of thumb is one gallon per 400 square feet, says Carl Minchew, vice president of color innovation and design at Benjamin Moore. But that’s just a rough guideline: To get a more precise number, which you’ll definitely want for large projects, use a paint calculator like the ones provided by Benjamin Moore or Pratt & Lambert; they take into account window and door measurements. (And both assume two coats of paint per project.)

Step 3

Move furniture to the center of the room and cover with tarp to protect them when you begin to paint textured walls. Lay additional drop cloths on the floor below the textured walls. Detach mirrors, artwork, and window treatments. Use painter’s tape to cover baseboards, ceiling trim, and any other areas of you don’t want to paint.

Turn off light switches or fixtures, shut off the circuit breaker to the room, and then detach electrical outlet and light switch cover plates. Use painter’s tape to mask anything that cannot be removed but should not be painted.

While you’ve removed most of your light sources, do set up and turn on a battery-operated work light in the room facing the painting surface so that you can more clearly see the texture of the wall treatment.

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11. Paint your wall from top to bottom

From preparation to painting, work from the top of your room down, for best results. Start with the ceiling and the architrave. Then, paint your walls from the top down with your roller. Finish the job with woodwork and skirting.

Smooth the Caulk

Then mold the wet caulk into the corner to avoid u

Then mold the wet caulk into the corner to avoid unsightly build-ups with a moistened finger. The caulk will remain flexible and keep the crack from reappearing. Avoid thick layers of caulk, which may look too rounded in a square corner.

Paint and Primer

I have had great success with Behr Marquee paint and primer in one on regular walls or over wallpaper. It covers great without the use of an additional primer and almost always covers in one coat! On the other hand, I have also used a bonding primer like Stix or Gripper, and then topped with a less expensive paint. As long as your surface is clean and dull, you shouldn’t need anything fancy. If you are  covering wood or plastic/fake wood or if it has any kind of gloss to it, I HIGHLY recommend using a bonding primer first. I also recommend using a low luster paint with a satin or eggshell finish. Semi-gloss will show up too many imperfections, but flat paint will not ware well in high humidity. I do not recommend using oil based paint. I tried it once thinking it would adhere better, and had problems with it flaking off.

“If you are  covering wood or plastic/fake wood or if it has any kind of gloss to it, I HIGHLY recommend using a bonding primer first.

Here is the summary of what I suggest you use:

  • Stix or Gripper primer over wood paneling, plastic or glossy surfaces
  • Latex paint
  • Eggshell finish, not flat or semi-gloss
  • Clean and prep the surface with TSP substitute like Krud Kutter and allow to thoroughly dry
  • Sand down or cut away any wallpaper that is bubbling or rippled due to age
  • Check for water damage before painting
  • Use bonding primer like Stix or Gripper if there is any sheen to your walls or if painting over any kind of wood paneling

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Wipe the dust from wood trim and facings with a clean, damp cloth. Mask the crown molding and baseboard trim with painter’s tape.

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Fill the holes and large cracks in the plaster with plaster patching compound, using a putty knife. Cut a piece of mesh tape the appropriate size to fit and place it over the patched area. Use the putty knife to apply a thin layer of patching compound over the tape. Allow the patch to dry completely. Sand the patched areas using a fine-grit sanding block. Apply a second layer of patching compound, allow it to dry and sand it smooth to the surface. Remove the sanding dust with a vacuum or clean cloth. Use a caulking gun to apply a bead of latex painter’s caulk to small cracks.

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Step6

In a gallon-sized bucket, dilute one ounce of liquid dish soap in one gallon of warm water. Then wipe down the wall with a clean cloth saturated with the soapy solution to lift grit and grime. Make a second pass with a water-dampened cloth and allow to dry fully.

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Abstract Texture Painting

1. Pour roughly equal amounts

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  • Mix equal amounts of the two blues onto a silicone paint-mixing mat, once the base coat is completely dry.

2. Work the two blues together

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  • Use a piece of stiff cardboard and a scraping motion to blend the paint.

3. Move to the wall

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  • Use the cardboard to create the biggest layer of color by softly scraping and varying pressure as you move along, angling the cardboard and using one or two hands.
  • Let the creamy base color show through in spots.

4. Add a few accents

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  • Blend some warm taupe with bits of the two blues that remain on the mat, and use the cardboard to apply it here and there.

5. Create a blue-gray

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  • Tint white with smaller amounts of the two blues and a bit of the taupe; apply as in Step 3.
  • Do a final sweep with white, allowing glimpses of the colors underneath to show through.
  • Allow white to dominate in some areas, blue-green in others.

6. Smooth the layers

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  • Use sandpaper to take care of any hard edges, then add sheen with a buffing pad.
  • Seal the wall with a layer of wax, if you wish.
  • Flatter the finished wall with a shapely furniture piece in front of it, and keep the rest of the decor clean and simple.

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