Well the long awaited final chapter of my little vintage caravan’s makeover is here! Her biggest transformation yet! Painting the Exterior. As I mentioned previously, I’d planned to have a professional take care of her external paint job but the quotes were way above my budget, in excess of $3500 would you believe! I’m sure it would have been a great job but that was way more than I could afford. So I took on the job myself, and managed to get it done for just a bit less than $300. This included buying the spray gun and paint as well as tape, paint thinner, protective gear and drop sheets.
The paint I used was Dulux Metal Shield Epoxy Enamel in Mat Black. It was a big risk making such a dramatic change but I think you’ll agree she looks pretty fantastic! Before painting I taped up all the windows and door which I kept white. I also taped up the indicators, lights and number plate. It’s also a good idea to cover you wheels and draw bar or they’ll get overspray which can look pretty tacky. Here’s a couple of before pics of her, taped up and ready for painting.
She was a little cutie in white, but now I think she’s a head turner. Check out that mat black paint. I was advised by lots of people to not paint her black because it would show up all her imperfections, but honestly I think she looks so much better, don’t you? Sure she’s got a few dimples here and there, but hey, show me a forty seven year old that doesn’t have cellulite! It’s character building isn’t it?
I’m so happy with how she turned out, I’ve really grown to love my little vintage caravan.