How To Fix A Scratch In The Exterior Paint Of Your RV

Posted on: 11 January 2016

If you scratched the exterior paint on your RV when you were out on your last road trip, then you will be pleased to know that you can save yourself some time and money by repairing the paint scratch yourself, using a self-repair RV paint scratch kit.

Here is the procedure you need to follow to fix your RV's damaged paint job:

Visit the Auto Parts Store for a Paint Scratch Repair Kit

The first step in fixing your RV's scratched paint is to purchase an automotive scratch repair kit at your local auto parts store or RV dealership. The kit will contain everything you need to make your RV's paint look new again.

Clean the Scratched Area of Paint and Metal

Automotive paints are designed to adhere to the steel metal used to make your RV's exterior parts. For this reason, you need to sand down the damaged paint until you hit fresh metal. Once the scratch has been sanded clean using the sanding stick from your paint repair kit, then you should wipe the area clean with a damp cloth and let it air dry before adding the paint.

Paint the Scratch with the Touch-Up Paint

Using the touch-up paint and its small brush included in the repair kit, paint the new paint into the scratched area until it sits just above the surface of the surrounding paint. Having a little extra paint helps you to sand it flat and make it look seamless within the paint around it.

Sand the Touch-Up Paint

Dipping the wet-and-dry sandpaper from the scratch kit into a small bowl of water, wet sand the new paint using a very light touch. Don't damage the area around the new paint with the sandpaper, just sand enough to get any rough spots out of the new paint.

Once the area has been sanded flat, then you should wipe the area clean with a damp cloth and allow it to air dry before you apply a layer of clear-coat sealant spray.

Apply the Clear-Coat Sealant Spray

Hold the clear-coat sealant spray a few inches from your repaired scratch and quickly and evenly paint a layer of sealant over the top of the new paint. Do not spray too much clear-coat sealant onto the scratch or it will not blend in well with the rest of your RV's paint job.

For Additional Assistance

Finally, if your RV has an exterior paint scratch that is large or deep into the metal's interior layers, then you should take your RV into an automotive repair shop like Chehalis Collision Center, where it can be professionally repaired.

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