Monday, September 25, 2023


The RV Doctor: Can I paint and paper my RV’s interior?

Dear Gary,
Can you paint and/or wallpaper the inside of an RV? A service person said it will cause mold under the painted or papered area. I would love to brighten up the interior of a fairly new travel trailer. —Patty K.

Dear Patty,
Properly prepped, it is quite plausible to paint, tile, refinish or wallpaper inside an RV. It’s done all the time.

Remodeling and renovating is actually a booming aftermarket business. Basically anything you do in a conventional house can be done in an RV, but preparation is the key.

I’ve never heard of the act of painting or papering causing mold to appear. Moisture, dirt and microbes, yes – but not paint or paper. So brighten away! Just be sure to follow the instructions explicitly and know for sure what kind of surface you are covering.

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  1. If you apply wallpaper on an older RV wall, you may be papering over microscopic dots of mold invisible to the naked eye. Now you have given the mold a happy place to grow! Oops. Soooo, before you apply the paper use a dilute solution of bleach to knock the mold out, allow it to dry thoroughly and then apply the wallpaper (or paint). Also, if painting the wall, begin with Kilz primer. There are several kinds of Kilz so be sure to get the one that kills mold and mildew. Allow to dry then paint.


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