Giving my caravan a new colour

Feb 19, 2020
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Hi there,

I recently bought an old caravan so that my girlfriend and I can travel through Europe without having to book accommodation and to be more flexible. The caravan itself is fine, it’s a beautiful one, it's just the paint is already quite old and has its bits and pieces that don’t look that nice anymore. So I want to give it a new fresh colour (was thinking of a nice light green). I did some research on which paint I need to use and it looks like enamel paint is the right choice. Since I want to spray on it, I guess I will need some sort of mask so that I don’t inhale the fumes right? I don’t have much experience in painting, so I just want to make sure I have everything that I need. I was thinking of buying a mask or is a disposable enough?

Have you ever repainted your caravan and if so, did you also do it with enamel paint? What do you think of my choice of colour?

Cheers,
Chris
 
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There are plenty of masks available and using one is recommended. Just look on the label of the mask to make sure you get the right one.
 
Jan 26, 2020
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It's mandatory to wear a mask, the fumes pose a great threat to your health, you risk severe lung problems. Enamel paint should be more than OK, and might I say, a nice choice with the light green, it will probably look great. Maybe post some pictures when you're done so we can see the beauty!
 
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It's mandatory to wear a mask, the fumes pose a great threat to your health, you risk severe lung problems. Enamel paint should be more than OK, and might I say, a nice choice with the light green, it will probably look great. Maybe post some pictures when you're done so we can see the beauty!
I think wearing a suitable mask is highly recommended but it can’t be “mandatory” for a private individual on their own premises.
 
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20 years ago we were given a caravan by an elderly relative. The only obvious issue was the paintwork. As the finish to the panels was stippled not high gloss I simply used enamel paint and a roller. With a little care the finish was excellent and our caravan looked much nicer. I have the equipment but neither the skills or space to spray paint a caravan and would certainly do the same again in similar circumstances. Having bought a new Elddis Affinty 550 last year I hope not to need to worry about this for a while.
 

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