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werty5926 04-05-2002 04:15 PM

Painting interior vinyl
What is the best paint to use on the vinyl clad panels? I want to paint my ceilings and walls.

werty5926 04-10-2002 08:40 AM

Guess no one has ever painted! Found my own answer at Home Depot.

thenewkid64 04-10-2002 09:16 AM

What did you use?

Most of us with the vinyl interiors thought we had to live with it!

werty5926 04-10-2002 10:05 AM

I don't have it in front of me, but It is a primer( called Cling, I think) that will adhere to almost anything. Dries in about 30 min. and can be painted on in about 4 hours. They said it will also work on plastic but I have not tried it on plastic yet. Works great on the vinyl but be sure it is totally clean.

Inland RV Center, In 04-10-2002 10:11 AM

There is "no" known paint that will adhere to the vinylclad material, AND stay, for the long haul, without preperation. The vinylclad "MUST" first be scuffed with 150 grit sandpaper.
If not done, any paint will, in time, peel off. When scuffed properly, even most water based paints will stay.

werty5926 04-12-2002 07:22 PM

Paint on anything, any kind of paint ,will of course chip, peel , scrach, etc. over time, and considering use and abuse; but this stuff does work on the vinyl! If you leave it alone it will last a long time. After it dried, and I applied a good latex semi-gloss, I wiped it with water and it stayed.

jerbear315 11-01-2010 08:36 PM

Another thread discusses this. They said to throughly clean the surfaces, light sanding, couple of coats of Kilz primer followed by a couple of coats of Behr interior semi gloss interior paint. Also recommended was Behr band Premium Plus Ultra paint-with a built in primer. The person who posted this was "Malconium." Not sure how to link to posts yet.

dwightdi 11-01-2010 09:41 PM

Kilz comes in two kinds. Solvent or Laxtex Kilz 2. Solvent based is more likely to be successful. You should get clean the spewing sticky vinyl plasticiser off before you start with a strong cleaner.

Minno 11-01-2010 09:53 PM

I did some exhaustive reading a few weeks ago in prep for painting our interior. The major recommendations seem to be oil based primer and oil based paint after thorough cleaning of the vinyl. I only plan to do this ONCE so that is what I am going with come spring. We don't seem to have the sticky vinyl problem so many others have had, so I'm hopeful I really won't have to do it more than once. Cleaning and scuffing of the surface before priming are highly recommended. Some people have had good luck with oil based primer, and latex paint over it, also.
Good luck and post your results!


ND10CentCan 11-02-2010 07:20 AM

I am attempting these feat right now. Our vinyl was discolored, stained, and sticky in lots of spots. I don't think cleaning was on the schedule for many years on the Albatross. So anywho, my husband took all of the interior out and I have been scrubbing the panels down with Krud Kutter and a green scrubby. Takes lots of work but I know they are getting clean. I am also washing the backsides as well to make sure we don't have any remnants of the former critter visitors that made their home in the insulation.

I have about one third of the panels done and I put two coats of oil based Zinser on each piece after they were thoroughly cleaned and dry. They look great. I have a lot to do before they can be reinstalled and I can paint the "real" color. I have some fabulous curtain fabric that I am going to make curtains out of and can hardly wait to get started on that. We are still in the demo stage of this adventure and asking lots of questions. We couldn't do it without all the good advice we get in the forums. Thanks everybody.

funkill 11-02-2010 07:58 AM

Anyone else considering painting the interior might want to give these threads a read ...


funkill 11-03-2010 02:35 AM


Originally Posted by werty5926 (Post 1104)
Guess no one has ever painted! Found my own answer at Home Depot.

You can almost be CERTAIN that if you have a question, someone here has tried it! And that they've posted their trials. :brows: Sometimes the info seems hard to find but a few tries using the Search function usually produces results! It's amazing what you can find - and even lots of posts with photo documentation of the task at hand!


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