I'm almost ready to paint my '63 Comet. The only oil-based tint-able enamel paint I can find is Benjamin Moore 'Direct To Metal' paint. I think it's the way I am going to go. It's $70/gallon though - yikes. I guess I'd make up a little for not having to use primer. I'm looking for last-minute suggestions for other paint solutions. I am doing the trailer in white with an aqua stripe that's about 16" all the way around the camper.
On a camper body that is 14' long can I get away with 2 quarts of white and one of aqua? Or should I bite the bullet on a gallon of white?
I did look over some older threads - I'm hoping some light has been shed since then, specifically on the Benjamin Moore paint:
It is a soy based product, and comes in specific industrial colors like "Massey Ferguson". It has been over 6 years since I used foam rollers to apply. The camper is parked outside year round here on Cape Cod. I wax it about 2-3 times a year, and it looks great.
There is a company I have not dealt with but has a great reputation and has been in business for many years. Kirby paints. kirbypaint.com/ they have a lot of other than marine paints too.
Just ordered my Kirby Marine Topside Hull and Deck paint, primer and conditioner. I spoke with the owner and he said it should work just fine for the trailer. He emphasized scratching the polar white coat on the new metal from Hemet, then applying the primer and one or two coats of paint. He thought one coat would be ok but I bought enough to do a second coat. The conditioner is to keep a wet edge. With the heat of the summer that will be nice to have. I will be applying it with the roll and tip method just like a boat. Can't wait to see how it goes! Will post a review and photos later. Thanks for the tip Kudzu!!