repainting a camper

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Old 05-24-05, 09:39 PM
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repainting a camper

I've got a small 14' camper that could use a fresh coat of paint. The exterior shell is anodized aluminum. The original finish is pretty thin and if you scrub it very hard (like with Comet) you could probably scrub the original finish right off.

What is the best way to prep the camper for a fresh coat of paint?
Would you recommend priming it first, and if so, with what?
What sort of a topcoat should I use? Something for metal, I assume. I plan on spraying it on, because I really don't relish brushing the whole thing. Or do I have to brush it to get the paint to bond the best?

I've done plenty of painting and spraying, but I'm leary of painting metal.
 
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Old 05-25-05, 05:29 AM
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Check out Sherwin Williams DTM Acrylic.

DTM = direct to metal
 
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Old 05-25-05, 07:21 AM
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Make sure the surface is cleaned well. If you can't remove all the chaulk add emulsa bond to the paint. Emulsa bond says not to use it with glossy paint but I have numerous times with no problem. As PWG said DTM would be a good choice. However any quality latex paint will work.
 
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Old 05-25-05, 11:53 AM
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Ok, thanks guys. I know a cute girl up at Sherwin Williams, so there's an added reason to go there! I'll ask about DTM & emulsa bond.

Just scrubbing the camper with TSP and hosing it off is good enough? Sanding it would only hit the high spots, since the aluminum is textured.
 
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Old 05-25-05, 11:57 AM
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TSP and a hose should be fine. The DTM really sticks well, and with some EB added it will stick real good.

Don't try to paint it in the sun, it will dry too quick. Try to keep it in the shade if possible.
 
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Old 05-25-05, 05:57 PM
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Just what I needed to know. After I wash it I'll bring it inside my warehouse to spray it. Thanks.
 
 

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