Painting Ensolite - Fiberglass RV


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Old 03-16-2010, 11:52 AM   #1
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I have read alot on painting ensolite. As I understand the process is
1) Wash with TSP
2) Prime with something like Kilz oil based primer
3) Paint with a good latex paint

I have seen posts where people talk about peeling paint. I have seen people talk about Vinyl paint. I just want to do it right and have the paint stay on. I got lucky and found that my 75 boler fits in my garage so now I have lots of time to do it up right. Can you please tell me how the paint jobs are holding out. Thanks
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Old 03-16-2010, 12:21 PM   #2
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Just did ours with a good primer and finish,both latex.So far so good.Did the same scrub that you indicated.
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Old 03-16-2010, 01:36 PM   #3
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I used Zinsser Perma White paint. It's self priming. http://www.zinsser.com/product_detail.asp?ProductId=35

It's held up great for years, there are a few spots where it needs touch up because I've scrapped the wall with something.

I think in all paint jobs prep it the most important step.
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Old 03-16-2010, 02:45 PM   #4
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I used Kilz2 latex primer followed by CIL kitchen and bath latex paint. It turned out well, although it's only been a month or so.

Don't forget to rinse after cleaning with TSP. A wipe down with clean water will do.
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Old 03-16-2010, 04:11 PM   #5
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has anyone tried the krylon plastic / pvc paint ?
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Old 03-16-2010, 04:31 PM   #6
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I can't check it till it gets out of storage for the winter. So far it's held up 2 seasons. Like Lizbeth touch ups are required where the've been scraped, like where the dog has scratched at the door.

I used One shot sign paint, I imagine it would be similar to Krylon but probably a bit cheaper in the long run. The sheen can be toned down to an egshell if desired. If using Kilz, I'd suggest the premium and do 2 coats that would allow a single coat of the final to look better while using less.
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Old 03-16-2010, 10:23 PM   #7
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We bought a Scamp that was structurally solid but badly in need of cosmetic work and non-structure repairs. The ensolite was sticky, we think because someone had cleaned it with the wrong cleaner. No choice but to replace or paint.

We hired an experienced auto painter to spray the inside. We did all the prep and bought the auto paint and additives he recommended, paid him just for his labor. I think he gave it two coats. Not cheap (about $250 for all if my memory is correct), but it is BEA-U-TIFUL! It's been 3 or 4 years now and not one problem.
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Old 03-16-2010, 10:53 PM   #8
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has anyone tried the krylon plastic / pvc paint ?

Isn't Ensolite fabric? A plastic paint might not adhere. But they do make fabric paints which would not build up as it really only dyes the fabric. hmmmmmm, wonder if that would work?
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Old 03-16-2010, 11:09 PM   #9
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Ensolite is more of a vinyly type thing (definitely not fabric).

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Old 03-17-2010, 07:56 AM   #10
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I have read alot on painting ensolite.
Maybe you've already made your decision, but here's another take on this: do you really need to paint it? Unless it's damaged, in many cases a good scrub with a bathroom-type cleaner with bleach does a miraculous job.
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Old 03-17-2010, 12:06 PM   #11
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Forgot to mention that I did two coats of KILZ2 latex and two coats of latex paint.

Not sure if anyone else has noticed, but my Ensolite appears to have been painted in the factory. I came across a spot behind the closet that was coated in silver primer (there was overspray on the wheelwell), and when I scrubbed hard on the white I would uncover this primer underneath.

Perhaps Scamp could provide some info on the paint that they used.
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Old 03-17-2010, 01:19 PM   #12
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Ensolite is more of a vinyly type thing (definitely not fabric).


Thanks Raya, I was thinking rat fur........... Head cold! Ick! My brain is on cruz control.
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has anyone tried the krylon plastic / pvc paint ?
I tried it two years ago on a plastic outdoor planter. It has stayed out for the winter - and we get -40C weather. It's held up fantastic - no peeling, discoloration, chipping, fading (well, I used WHITE). I love it!
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Maybe you've already made your decision, but here's another take on this: do you really need to paint it? Unless it's damaged, in many cases a good scrub with a bathroom-type cleaner with bleach does a miraculous job.
Agreed! I managed to take 5 layers of crap off my ensolite (2 kinds of paint, rubber cement, silicone, etc.) and it looks as good as the day it was installed. I used every solvent and cleaner known to man, and it held up through all of it.
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