Vintage Airstream walls are a sad textured vinyl. But strangely enough, when painted white they kind of take on the effect of faux leather. I think they look quite awesome now. I had no doubt the only color I wanted to paint the interior was a fresh white. We ended up using Easy Liquid Sander Deglosser from Jasco to both clean and prep the vinyl walls for painting. This removed the stickiness on the walls (gross) and made the paint adhere better. We used two coats of Olympic One satin finish in Snowbank. The painting of the vinyl walls was pretty time intensive. I probably painted 6 or 8 times for a couple hours each. All of the contortion to reach the nooks and crannies will make you sore in places you have never been sore before. So that’s a big reason why it took me so long. I ended up using a narrow roller for most of the vinyl. For the trim I used a 1.5″ brush.
Plastic End Caps
I know a lot of people advise painting the end caps with spray paint since it’s a plastic piece. But I figured since no one was going to ever be touching the ceiling that regular latex should stick just fine. So I used a narrow roller and rolled on Olympic One satin finish in Snowbank. It’s been on for a few months now in extreme heat and looks just as great as the day I painted it. On the other hand, I sprayed the bathroom end cap with Valspar Project Perfect Spray Paint in White Satin as I wasn’t sure how the latex would do in a moist environment. Also, a word to the wise: wear goggles, a respirator and a plastic poncho. The paint went EVERYWHERE.
I covered the pressboard divider walls with Paintables Pressed Tin Effect Wallpaper (which I painted white) from Home Depot. These walls can’t really effectively be painted with latex paint as it just scrapes right off.
Read more about the wallpapering process here.
I removed the cabinet doors and sprayed them with Valspar Project Perfect Spray Paint in White Satin. I also sprayed the cabinets and metal trim as well. Unless you go up and start scratching at the metal trim it actually is staying on nicely. Our dog even scratched at the trim and nothing came off. Make sure to cover anything in the trailer you don’t want sprayed as spraying inside a tin can causes paint to go EVERYWHERE. The finish was nice and matched my Ikea Haggeby kitchen cabinets very nicely.
The overhead cabinets were all brushed with two coats of Olympic One satin finish in Snowbank. I taped off the metal bars where you lift the cabinets and left them the original yellow and rose gold. Once the paint dries you’ll have to press along the seams of the tambour doors to unstick the paint that will have dried onto the backside of the cabinet. After a few times of opening and closing the doors it should open smoothly like it did before painting.
All of the metal trim was painted with Valspar Project Perfect Spray Paint in White Satin. I also sprayed the underside of the tambour cabinets in the sleeping area with this. Unless you go up and start scratching at the metal trim it actually is staying on nicely. Our dog even scratched at the trim and nothing came off. Make sure to cover anything in the trailer you don’t want sprayed as spraying inside a tin can causes paint to go EVERYWHERE.