Thursday, June 1, 2023


Have a paint nick or chip on your RV? Here’s an easy trick

By Nanci Dixon
After many miles and a few gravel roads, our motorhome had a number of paint nicks and chips. I blame it on the road and not on the fact that more than a few times I have opened our bay storage doors too close to a chair or table and WOMP! Oops…

The last time we were at the manufacturer’s to have a few warranty items taken care of, I had the nicks fixed too. They showed me an easy fix – use mini automotive repair paint sticks or brushes. Works like a charm.

Merely wipe the damaged area clean, dip the paint stick in the touch-up paint, wipe off excess paint and dab the nick. While the nick is still there, it is not nearly as apparent.

The tiny paintbrushes also work great for touching up scratches on wood surfaces inside too.

Want to give it a try? These are the brushes I used.


Nanci Dixon
Nanci Dixon
Nanci Dixon has been a full-time RVer living “The Dream” for the last six years and an avid RVer for decades more! She works and travels across the country in a 40’ motorhome with her husband. Having been a professional food photographer for many years, she enjoys snapping photos of food, landscapes and an occasional person. They winter in Arizona and love boondocking in the desert. They also enjoy work camping in a regional park. Most of all, she loves to travel.


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Steve Davis
2 years ago

In addition to the methods talked about above to handle a paint chip, I found that once you have the color matched, if you put a dollop of paint on, slightly larger than the scratch itself, let it dry, and then use rubbing compound to bring the repaired chip area down to the surface of the original paint, you’ll have a professional looking repair that isn’t visible

2 years ago

My Thor 31w has a very poor design of the entrance step causes a 3″ lip lower then the rest of RV. I scraped it, and had to replace the metal trim, dealer ordered a different color, I took a sample to hardware store, was able to match the color so close I have used it some other places that had scratched.

Herb & Kathy Baldwin
2 years ago

JoAnne Fabrics sells some very fine (small) paint brushes. I found the color codes to the three different colors on our coach. The color codes were on a sticker inside a kitchen cabinet door. They were Sherwin Williams Automotive Paint codes. I bought 1/2 pint cans of each color custom mixed along with a custom mixed spray can for one of the colors that I needed a larger area covered. Worked beautifully

Ellen L
2 years ago

Good tip. It helps protect what’s underneath, too.

Ron F.
2 years ago

Hobby Lobby sells different sizes too.

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