Has Anyone Ever Redocorated The Interior of Their Camper?

United States
April 20, 2007 8:29am CST
I was thinking of redecorating the interior of my camper. It's a 32 foot Salem and it has the brown paneling. It's rather dark in there with the paneling and I want to brighten it up a bit. I have already bought the wallpaper, but I'm not sure what kind of paint that I should use. I bought a cheap gallon, just too see if I would like the paint with the paper, but it seems to peel pretty easily, with a fingernail, it was a satin finish so I'm not sure if that had something to do with the peeling. Has anyone ever painted over paneling in a travel trailer? What kind of paint did you use and what was the finish? Thanks!
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• United States
20 Apr 07
It probably isn't the paint so much as the preparation. You usually need to treat paneling before you can paint it, to keep it from peeling right off, so I'm guessing that the same applies to paneling in a camper. The cheapest, simplest way (although it takes some elbow grease) is to scuff the surface with sandpaper to remove waxy build up and then wipe it down with vinegar and water. Try 2 parts vinegar to 1 part water. Make sure it's dry completely before you begin trying to paint. Good luck. Let us know how your project turns out.
• United States
20 Apr 07
Call me silly, but what's the vinegar and water for? Is it to clean the paneling? I'm headed to Menards to pick up sandpaper in a little bit, I have to get this done befoe next weekend...First camping day of the season!
@lightningMD (5937)
• United States
20 Apr 07
A few years ago a friend and I bought a old used camper for 500.00. We called it little ugly camper. We loved it though. We painted the interior. We used cheap paint but we took sandpaper and roughed up the panelling before we painted. Then we made new curtains and recovered the seats on the benches. It looked great. I still miss that camper.
• United States
20 Apr 07
I never thought about sandpaper, very good idea!
@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
22 Apr 07
We did this too. We bought a cheap trailer that was in good condition but didn't look too nice inside. The paneling made it too dark as you say and the fabrics where really not to our taste. As some other people responded, we did sand the paneling before we applied the paint. ( we also learned about this new material, that it's like a paste that you mix with water and apply and when it harden it looks actually very good and it can be either painted of used with the hues that you can choose when you buy it ) We painted it, replaced one of the fold down tables, and changed the fabric for the cushions and curtains.We also put new linoleum on the floor and added a bit of carpet in one area. THen we sanded the cupboards and applied varnish which made them look much nicer. The trailer cost $200 and we sold it for $900 because someone offered us that amount. But the fact is that after it was finished it really looked great and because we winterized it each year everything was in perfect order and working properly.