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Subject Topic: Painting the exterior of my static carava Post Reply Post New Topic
Message posted by Stevenmontepearsall via mobile 15/4/2020 at 9:30pm
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What would the best method and paint for a good finish. I have a spray gun.    Just need to tidy the ting up. Any help would be much appreciated.   Iím brand new to this forum

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Steve--be careful here--I dont know much about spraying but if you are on a site there will be rules and regs about caravan colours allowed.

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Message posted by Monty1507/5/2020 at 1:47pm
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I've spray painted cars in their entirety (won a classic car concours - so of pretty good standard!) and done patch repairs in the open, and it's challenging on a number of levels. It's almost impossible to find a perfectly still day that remains that way for the period of time necessary to do a large job, even the slightest of breeze blows the paint mist away and you waste probably as much as you use! You have to be aware of who and what is around you, as you may damage property or annoy people with wind blown paint/fumes. With the sun bearing down on the job it's often difficult to get a decent blend/finish as the paint dries too quickly and has obvious dry edged 'banding' from each pass of the spray gun. A car isn't too difficult to post paint polish up any minor blemishes, a caravan is an entirely different ball game, there's so much surface area!

Something the size of a caravan, I'd be inclined to use a gloss finish paint roller (the foam type), they can with skill produce a high class finish, and are very economical with paint used. I believe some in the vintage aircraft restoration arena use rollers where they can either not afford spraying costs or lack a suitable environment to do so. How successful a roller would be depends very much on any texture and/or ribbing on the van walls, both making the job more challenging to achieve a consistent finish.

Another consideration if you can still get them, is 'paint pads', they were quite popular a few years ago, they give a good finish on large flat areas.

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do your preparation beforehand and use a roller to apply. i have seen it done badly or really well. poor preparation results in paint peeling after a couple of years and looks bloody awful.

i have also seen vans 'reclad' in upvc that make them look like brand new vans. if i was thinking of painting i would actually consider cladding instead

a friend of mine used upvc cladding and also added a pitched roof - he took the opportunity to add insulation, block an unused doorway and in doing so was able to utilise the corridor space inside. he increased the value of the van by a lot more then he paid for materials.

i re-roofed my daughters van in France, it worked out at well under a thousand pounds and made the van look like a newer modern one and increased its value.

so, have a think about whether its worth painting the van or investing a couple of thousand pounds in modernising it. Only you will know the answer and it might not be cost effective in the long run


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