I am a little ahead of myself, but the current exterior of the trailer is pretty ugly. I made a few paint designs to make the trailer look more vintage and less like a 70s look. It's a 1969 terry. I don't know if I can polish this aluminum on the trailer, but I like the design with polished aluminum on the bottom
The camper has a stripe of different style aluminum in the center horizontally around the window area it seems, so I have to cover that with paint I think because I doubt I'll he able to strip off all the paint, do you see what I'm talking about?
Here is my paint scheme I'm liking best on a template using my trailer
69 was the last year to use drip moldings on the Windows, so I will shine those up....the corner joint on the lower 3/4 of the trailer is a little difficult to figure out what I should do with it...I left it unpainted and polished in the design, but I could just paint it where the design has paint. It's a unique feature, so I wanted to see how it looked if I made it stand out from the paint with a good polish. Since its smooth, it should come out really nice. We want to paint the bumper, step and tongue with hammer texture silver paint and the rock guard will be painted silver with some polished aluminum or stainless trim added. Then here is the terry emblem for the roof;
Do I paint the roof? Is it ok to paint it silver, everyone does white? I dont want it to be white and stand out, I think if I paint it silver it will blend more. I am certainly not polishing it! I am going to read all the posts in the paint section and figure out how to reseal things and prep for paint. I also need to know how to seal a polished exterior.
Can I reseal Windows while still on the camper? Will the paint do that for me? Do I use dum dum? Ok, I think what I call dum dum is that roll of gum like gray goop that they sell for rvs. It was used on older cars and I grew up calling it dum dum like my dad did.
If you plan to paint the roof silver, you might want to consider switching all the white out for silver. Not an early 60s look, maybe, but unless you can't see the roof at all from the ground, it'd look better to have it match the upper part of the trailer. Also, if you plan on using the trailer a lot, the hammered-style spray paint might not be durable enough to hold up on either the bumper or on the step.
Paint will not seal the windows, you will need to use the butyl (dum dum) tape to do those.
It's going to look great when it's done. Keep those pictures coming!
The picture is supposed to show the non teal surfaces as polished aluminum...they aren't white. That's why I was thinking of painting the roof silver....over the white paint since its already there. However...I just read about painting the roof and now I am confused. I am leaning toward painting because it's already a painted surface and it won't match. Have to strip the paint from the top front that is visible on the curve and under the window where my design shows it's polished, am reading about that now in the how to paint your trailer for 200$.
I am going to order polishing equipment and compound and hope my trailer polishes well. It seems to have some texture in between the horizontal breaks which I hope can be polished out. I don't know. We will see once I get it home in 8 days.
What do I do about the window frames? I am concerned I will polish the siding around them too which supposedly inhibits paint from adhering. Will painters tape hold up to a polishing wheel?
Then I read that I could clear coat the polished surface but that it would get coated in gross stuff and would be difficult to clean. I am going to ask if I can store the beast in my dad's giant outbuildings....for paint protection....however, he has vermin in there... persistent vermin.
I love old cars, old houses, old furniture, old people and of course, old trailers.
When I was trying to decide how to paint my Caveman I looked at lots of online photos to get ideas. Then I took a photo of both sides, front and back of my camper. Then I used windows paint brush to put all types of color ideas on the photo door side of the camper only at first. I soon learned I liked mostly white with about 20% color. Then I experimented with lots of different shapes and things finally decided 1 stripe below center looks best. I also experimented with several different paint colors and variations of the stripe. I had no idea what the factory original trailer looked like both sides had an advertisement sign painted on with black paint. This is what I decided to do. I hope this help you find the paint color and design you like. It is very helpful to see the real camper trailer with the real paint color and design on the side.