I've been removing the skin of the trailer a bit at a time to get at any rotten wood and update the electrical.
As I have the skin off, I've been stripping it back to bare aluminum and giving it a sand with 220 grit. Working on this on my Saturdays and days off, though, I won't have everything back together and ready to paint until next year.
I've been considering spraying self-etching primer now to save myself some time later. Is this crazy? Will I be creating problems for myself?
Thanks for your help -- I know a lot, but next to nothing about paint.
I just painted our Shasta. My first paint job. So I know what it's like to know nothing.
I painted with Ace oil Enamel paint and an Ace primer specially made for aluminum. There are several steps (as I learned) before painting. Are you stripping off all the old paint with a chemical stripper like Jasco?
I would suggest priming all at once closer to painting. Priming and leaving it sit will create additional headaches like dirt, dust, pollen, pollution, etc.
If it helps, I'll create a step by step pictorial of what I did. Or I can just PM you some photos.
Will you have a two tone? A stripe? A design pattern? These are all things to consider before now.
It's best to prep and prime when you paint to avoid contamination, damage, etc. The bare aluminum will oxidize where you have sanded, nothing that can't easily be dealt with. Self etching primer may or may not be needed depending on the paint system you choose.
I agree with the advice given above also when you are ready to paint buy paint and primer that are designed to work together it will give much better results. The paint mfg. spent a lot of time and money figuring out what works best together.
NC, I'm up for a tutorial... most of us will be faced with the task sooner or later and some help in the way of pics is always a plus. I'm sure it will be appreciated.
I'll put something together tomorrow.
Txoil sounds more knowledgeable. But it may help having a novice explain things that came up and solutions people like Vas, Vilx, BigBill, etc, shared to help me along.
I took a lot of photos of each step.
Keep in mind, I did a cheaper paint job not auto paint for $800. And I used spray guns the average member might own, not a $500 professional gun with a $1000 compressor and a dust free paint booth. In the end I was very happy with the results.
Correction, it will take some time to put together a step by step on how I painted. I didn't realize there were so many photos and tiny details/advice that people on this forum provided. I will get it together ASAP.
Last Edit: Jun 28, 2015 7:33:01 GMT -8 by nccamper