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I have looked for this topic and couldn't find it...I apologize if I have overlooked it.

We have bought a used TT and it is a 2001...complete with the mauve, blue, tan interior. I do not like it and want to eventually work my way into something else. Main question right now...can the "walls" or "wallboard" in the tt be painted with regular household interior paint? What kinds of prep will I need to do? Will the paint "crack" after moving the trailer? (quit laughing!! remember I am VERY NEW at this!!)

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Paint will not crack, but might peel off from vinyl finishes and polyurethane treatment. You need good (expensive) primer, probably oil based and than can paint with any paint. I wold use only top-grade paints. Trailer takes much more abuse and stress than house.
Go to local paint store and ask for advice.

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I am more and more thinking I better just bite the bullet and learn to live with it! *g*

Thanks for all the helpful advice....

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Personally, I think you would be unhappy with painting. Is it possible to repaper over? I would try that in an inconspicuous spot and see what that would look like. If you are not really good at it, I'd have a professional do it. However, I would worry about humidity etc. I have seen a few units, mainly older ones, where folks repainted due to the colors and it wasn't really pretty.


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I wondered about wall papering or even putting fabric on the walls. I just don't care for the way they look right now. Maybe with a picture or two and new window treatments, the walls will not be so overpowering.

Thank you for the advice...

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Personally, I think you would be unhappy with painting. Is it possible to repaper over? I would try that in an inconspicuous spot and see what that would look like. If you are not really good at it, I'd have a professional do it. However, I would worry about humidity etc. I have seen a few units, mainly older ones, where folks repainted due to the colors and it wasn't really pretty.


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There is a danger with wallpapering, that while in the winter storage and moist condition, the whole thing might come down.
Originally the RV wallpaper is glued with some kind of butane glue, that I don't think is sold to general public.
IMHO painting is easy and affordable alternative. If you don't like the result, you can wallpaper it later.

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I was a professional wallpaper hanger for over 15 years. Don't I repeat Don't wallpaper your TT.

RV manufacturers, install papered panels that wrap slightly around the back side of each panel and they secure it with a special adhesive. It is not the same wallpaper for stick houses.

The papered panels are installed one at a time in an RV before they hang the cabinets. Each of the panel seams are then covered with a thin strip of wood, usually covered with the same material as the panel. These seams allow for flexing. Standard wallpaper, the kind hung in a stick house, have seams that won't flex, so they will tear as the trailer flexes under just ordinary travel down a hwy.

You can paint over the vinyl paneling, but you must use a good primer first. As Kajtek informed you, go to a GOOD paint store and ask what kind of primer you should use and also get a good paint to go over the primer. To help with coverage, you might ask your paint store to tint your primer to match your paint.

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Cruzette wrote:

...You can paint over the vinyl paneling, but you must use a good primer first. As Kajtek informed you, go to a GOOD paint store and ask what kind of primer you should use and also get a good paint to go over the primer. ...


You need to clean the walls first and rinse well; officially you're supposed to use TSP or Spic N Span, but Simple Green worked for me.

I had good luck using ordinary Kilz 2 primer (water-based) and Behr paint from Home Depot over the vinyl wallpaper stuff in my RV. One coat of each was enough but some patterned walls might need a second coat of paint; I recommend that you stick to a light, neutral color that you won't get tired of. Finally: pay very close attention to details and being tidy, since every tiny error shows up in that small space.

I did my paint job two years ago and it has held up just fine through thousands of miles and all sorts of weather.


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As far as wallpapering is concerned if you like the look go for it! I have an older, 1984, TT and wallpapered it two years ago and it is doing fine. I talked to the professionals at the wallpaper store and they told me to use a good glue, not to depend on the pre-pasted paper. I cleaned the walls well, let them dry throughly and my sis and I went to town with the paper. Some other walls we painted. Primed first then used a good quality paint and again it is holding up just fine.

I know some will give you lots of advice like "Don't do it!" But if you really don't like the decor give paper and paint a try. It's been well worth it to me. I hated the old paper in the TT, so dated. Now I'm happy with how it looks!

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Order the book the RV Makeover Bible and it will tell you exactly what you can do and how. Just do an internet search for the book-I don't remember where I got it but I ordered it off the net.
You will need to thoroughly clean the walls then apply a primer. When applying the wallpaper, use a vinyl on vinyl wallpaper paste instead of relying on the paste on the wallpaper.
I am in the process of replacing the wallpaper in our motorhome bedroom and I want to lighten the dark particleboard cabinets by painting them a light color. I ordered a product from cabinetpaintingpro.com that is supposed to allow you to paint over the vinyl finish. Give yourself a LOT of time for this project! You will be working in tight quarters and the work is tedious. The book recommended that you not start this project anytime close to a trip. I ditto that advice...too bad I didn't take it myself!


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