Painting the Outside

Dotplus6

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I'm not converting a van (though that was the original plan) but rather renovating a 23 yo Swift Royale (which we got cheap). Once we fix the leaking roof I want to paint the outside of it - has anyone done this? I was going to try & mend all the small dents & then prime it with Zinsser Bull's Eye 123 & then paint with Farrow & Ball exterior paint with a gloss roller. I know this isn't particularly meant for campervans but just wondered if anyone has tried it & succeeded with a paint other than Rustoleum which seems to be the common paint to use.

Thanks!

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Sounds great - green's my favourite colour. Will try the radiator rollers.
 

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Have used gloss roller on quite a few old bangers in the past .
Prep as if you were going to spray it ,2 or 3 passes as you roller as good as a spray job .
Woolworths Winfield paint had as good a spec as more expensive.Tecaloid (?)spl
For instant shine .
This way we have a gov surplice store that carries loads of shades of grey ,if its good enough for the navy it's good gear.
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Thanks Jolly Rodger - I'll check it out.
 

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I painted mine with ordinary eggshell paint. I can’t use a roller on the sides as there are too many decals to cut in around but I used a roller on the roof. Everyone I asked threw their hands up in horror when I told them what I was going to do but years later it still looks just as good.

You don’t always have to follow the rules. Good luck.
 

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As long as you prepare it well and use correct primer for what you are painting you wont have problems - wrong primer or paint and you could end up with the paint peeling off like wallpaper
 
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When I was a kid, there was an Ol' Boy in our village who was a Coach Painter by trade and regularly used a shaving brush as the bristles are softer - the finish was amazing!
 
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Thank you Jackie - people have been saying the same to me - I will take the bull by the horns & just do it!

Simon - great tip - I'll try any tips - thank you!

MFW - will make sure preparation is done correctly - thank you!
 

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Please deal with damp or any leaks first. Older motorhomes can develop structural weaknesses (wet rot) if the leak has been there for some time. I have dealt in the past with a serious damp problem which, once the interior panels were removed, was relatively easy to repair. Mine required several replacement timbers after cutting out any soft wood. I used two part marine glue which proved excellent and strong. Managed to buy some matching interior lining paper and replaced the marine ply panels.
If the roof has rotted, I believe it is customary to remove the whole or part of the roof from the outside. Charges for this kind of repair start with four figures.
Nothing wrong with painting your van any colour you want, although I seem to recollect that there used to be some sites that would not allow colours that did not blend in with nature, whatever that meant.
 
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Thanks Rosalan - I'm sort of scared to start hoking at the interior - perhaps I'll get someone with experience to look at it & do it right. I know some of the inside panels feel a bit spongy This could be a whole lot more work than we originally thought....

Have a damp tester so will get it out & try it later today.
 

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I painted a mini with yellow emulsion paint on a Sunday morning many years ago.
Took the car out to play football in the afternoon.
Halfway through the game it started raining heavily.
Went back to the car after the game ( and rain) and the car was it’s original colour, however, the car park was yellow.
I’d used interior emulsion that wasn’t quite dry when the rain started.
 

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Bloke I worked for when I was unemployed as a lad  :xwink::xwink: used to buy up Mk4 cortinas cheap at auction.
Repair the dings and dents, prep and respray with petrol thinned household gloss.
It was in the transition period between common sense and H&S.... Neither applied.
Back in the auction a week later with at least 100% markup.
 

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Bloke I worked for when I was unemployed as a lad  :xwink::xwink: used to buy up Mk4 cortinas cheap at auction.
Repair the dings and dents, prep and respray with petrol thinned household gloss.
It was in the transition period between common sense and H&S.... Neither applied.
Back in the auction a week later with at least 100% markup.
Dunno about petrol as oil based but white spirit will work
 

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gloss paint was oil based until the fresh air freaks had their way and then it became water based.
I'm going back 40 odd years when it probably still had lead in it as well.
Used to spray lorries late 70s early 80s paint used was synthetic or 2 part isocyanite for harder finish on lorries - cars were still mainly using cellulose - cheap paint job was cheap exterior household gloss paint thinned with white spirit
 

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@Dotplus6 wish you well, hope you haven't taken on too much. hope your van once restored gives you lots of fun.
Another vote not to use emulsion. My son and his friend painted my old bedford as flower power while I was asleep, thank goodness it rained before I had to go to work.
 

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Gallon of 2* cheaper and went further than a quart of white spirit in the mid/late 70s.
Don't forget, this bloke was a cowboy out to make a quid.
 

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Sounds like a good plan.

Many moons ago I had an old Rover SDi that needed a new paint job, they did rust a little. Went for black metallic hamerite. Lived on a farm then and as it was a cold wet winter painted it in the grain store so not only did it have the lovely hamerite mottled finish it had a sort of sand paper feel to it as well due to the dust in the air when the grain store dryer was running, from memory it took about 3 days to dry. I was going for the Mad Max look. Couple of weeks later on the way back from an evening out we thought we'd play a game of lets see how close we can get to each other, well my mate won, he ran into the back of me and wrote my beloved car of.

Those were the days.


Please post photos when finished.

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In 1972, the first car I owned I painted with an automotive paint that was advertised as one you could apply with a paintbrush. I did a bit of prep first.

The result was amazing, smooth and glossy with no brush marks or runs. Easy peasy. I expect you can't buy that sort of paint nowadays, because the chemicals in it have been banned.
 
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