12 Painting Mistakes Made by RV Owners (and How to Avoid Them)

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3. Not reading the instructions for the products being used

One RV owner I know had read a blog post that said she wouldn’t have to sand her cabinets as long as she used a certain kind of paint.  Unfortunately, the paint ended up peeling off her laminate (fake) wood cabinets, and she ended up having to strip and sand it all off and redo the whole project.

Later, she found out that the paint company’s website actually did say to sand first!  Lesson learned: while blogs and Facebook can be a great resource for gathering information and learning from others’ experiences, it’s no replacement for reading and following the product’s instructions!  Also, what worked for one person might not work for you because you might have a different situation in your RV.

4. Using cheap paint brushes

You can get a value pack of several paint brushes for about the same price as one quality paint brush, but using a cheaper brush can result in brush strokes showing or bristles falling out and sticking to the paint.  Personally I like Purdy brand paintbrushes, but I know a lot of people like Wooster brand as well, although I’ve never tried that brand myself.

5. Planning to fix mistakes later

Some paint got on this trim piece when we were painting our RV walls, but we noticed it was easy to scrape off so figured we would just worry about it later.  A few months later (ha!) when I finally got around to it, I discovered the paint wasn’t quite so easy to scratch off!  It’s going to take some serious work now to fix this mistake, and I still haven’t gotten around to it yet!

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