Can you paint the outside of a static caravan?

In this blog post, we will answer the following question: Can you paint the outside of a static caravan? We will explain how you can paint the outside of a static caravan, but also how to properly maintain and clean it so it lasts many, many years. 

Can you paint the outside of a static caravan?

Yes, it is entirely possible to paint the outside of a static caravan. After properly cleaning it, proceed as follows:

  1. Apply a thin layer of “PVC grip primer“. It is important not to load this layer and make sure that it is very thin (translucent limit). Wait about 24 hours for the “PVC primer” to dry.
  1. Then apply two coats of “polyurethane lacquer“, the color of your choice, making sure that the first coat is completely dry before going on the next (it takes about 18 hours).

“Polyurethane lacquer” is a two-component paint with a glossy finish that guarantees remarkable resistance to repeated washing and ensures perfect surface protection against daily external aggressions (UV, bad weather, etc.). It comes with its can of hardener which, after mixing, will enrich its formula and create an ultra-resistant film, very hard at heart.

  1. Apply the paint to the exterior of your static caravan, using paint rollers or a paint sprayer. You can rent a paint sprayer if you don’t have one. If you prefer to use paint rollers, attach the extension cords to give you more reach.
  1. Use a paintbrush to paint the trim on your static caravan. Apply a second coat of paint if necessary after the first coat dries. Paint designed for use on the exterior of static caravans is usually quite thick, so you may not need a second coat.

How to prepare the outside of a static caravan for painting?

To prepare the outside of a static caravan for painting you must first clean it. Use a pressure washer to clean the exterior of your static caravan thoroughly. You can rent a car wash if you don’t have one. Most pressure washers have enough pressure to remove stubborn dirt, mildew, and mildew without having to add bleach or detergent to the water. Allow the exterior of your home to dry completely before you start painting.

Use masking tape to stick the newspaper all over the window glass to avoid accidentally getting paint on the glass when painting your house.

Advice on painting the outside of a static caravan

  • Choose light colours of paint for the exterior of your static caravan if you want to save on summer cooling bills. Consider colours such as white, cream, beige, peach, pale yellow, light blue, or light green. Many people prefer to use a contrasting colour for their home trim.
  • Clean paint rollers and brushes immediately after use for easy cleaning.
  • Use ladders safely when necessary to paint high areas. Use only sturdy ladders placed on level ground and do not attempt to stand on the upper rung.
  • If you’re renting electrical equipment you’re unfamiliar with, like a pressure wash machine or paint sprayer, make sure you understand how to use it properly and safely before you begin.

When is the best time to paint the outside of your caravan?

If you own a practically new caravan and just wash it with water to make it look good, you can skip the paint. Plus, decals can peel off easily from a new vehicle, so do it quickly. Remove them with a scraper and then clean, this will serve to standardize the surface of the vehicle and prepare it for possible subsequent painting.

If the exterior of your caravan is damaged or if you have made repairs that have left visible damage, a painting would be welcome. Make sure the area where you are going to paint is clean and free of dust.

The ideal is to paint in a shelter from the weather and the wind but if you have no choice then you should be careful not to paint in windy weather as the wind blows up dust and dirt nearby and you don’t want to especially not that they adhere to your new paint. Wind can also cause excess paint to spill out more.

You can use a roller or a sprayer arming yourself with tape and masking paper to protect the vehicle and achieve a more even finish. Protect the ground with a tarp and always start with the roof downwards. If you are simply looking to cover up the damage to the vehicle, use a sprayer from a distance of about 30 cm.

With caravans, you have plenty of choices and you can let your imagination run wild when it comes to design. You can start with a neutral colour that you spray or spread with a roller all over the vehicle. You should let dry the required time depending on the product used and then you can then add the colours you want. 

Sometimes to get a dark colour you need to apply several coats, but it is very important to let each coat dry for a few hours before applying the next. Use good quality fresh paint masking tape.

Maintaining the outside of a static caravan

Even if you only live in your static caravan during the summer season, regular maintenance is still essential to keep the premises in good condition. You have to take care of the interiors and the exteriors at the same time, especially the facades. 

If you have wooden walls you are obliged to treat them to protect them against harmful UV rays. Hence our recommendation is to preserve its natural colour with a coat of stain every year so that the surface of the wood ages wonderfully. The most important thing not to do, however, is to use varnish. 

This product reacts very badly to prolonged exposure to the sun. So to be avoided at all costs. As for now the interior of your static caravan is exactly like when you clean your house, except that it will not take you much of your time, since there is less surface to cover.

Each part of your static caravan should be given special attention.  Maintaining vinyl siding is easy. Just wash with a water jet or a sponge. Avoid using Karcher which can damage the surface.

In the event of repair, the blades are generally removable. The wood is subjected to variations in temperature and humidity. You can choose to let it age naturally, then it will take on a silvery grey colour. To keep its original wood colour, apply either a colourless stain or a stain that tints the wood. Apply two to three coats and then a colourless coat two to three years later.

Gutters should be checked regularly and cleared of leaves, pine needles or other debris. This periodic precaution prevents any accumulation of water and any risk of infiltration into the static caravan.

You must winter your static caravan in the event of prolonged absence. Purge your gas and water system to avoid the inconvenience of ruptured pipes or the water heater body. Don’t forget to empty the toilet bowl. You should also have the entire gas system checked once a year by a licensed and certified craftsman who will issue you with an official certificate.


Lastly, but not less important, when painting the outside of your caravan add your personal touch. Let your paint dry and then afterwards you can decorate your trailer as you wish.

If you need advice on all of your painting or decorating projects, you can contact us. We will be more than happy to answer any additional questions you may have on the content. 

FAQ on Can you paint the outside of a static caravan?

Can you paint the outside of a caravan?

Yes, of course, you can paint the outside of a caravan. It is common that after a certain period of time, the external paint of a caravan, which is usually white, tends to gain a yellow shade mostly due to exposure to sunlight. 

Can you paint the interior of a caravan?

Yes, you can paint the interior of a caravan, just like you would paint its exterior. Just make sure you clean it first, sand, apply a primer then the first layer of paint. 

How to paint without leaving traces?

To paint without leaving any traces start by painting the edges, with a round brush. Divide the area into imaginary square meters. Distribute the paint well on the roller (using the grid) and paint in strips over the first square meter. Pass the roll in one direction and the other of this square meter.

Can you paint the caravan ceiling?

Yes, you can paint the caravan ceiling. It can seem trivial and easy to do the job, however, professionals will tell you that many precautions must be taken to protect the floor and walls, to prepare the surface before painting or to avoid having to spend three or four coats of paint. 


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