How to Paint a Vintage Trailer for Under $60

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We have had several really nice days, weather wise, lately so we decided to paint my vintage trailer, Maizy! So, just as a reminder, here is what she looked like the day we pulled her home.

And here is what she looks like now!

We decided that we wanted something a little bit different... everyone seems to paint straight lines on their vintage trailers... in the form of stripes or arrows, or whole blocks of color, stuff like that, well since Miss Maizy belongs to a GIRL (me!), I wanted her to look girly, so she got scallops!!

Here are the steps we followed (note I have added a supply list to the bottom of this post for your convenience):

1. Lightly sand the whole trailer (I'll be honest, this part sucked)!

In the process we found where the original trailer decal was! I don't actually think the decal is under there, I think it was just the old residue. But you can see it says "Scotsman"... that's what she is... a 1967 Scotsman, and that's also why her name is Maizy,  it's a scottish girl's name! :o)

2. Prime any areas where there was bare metal.

3. Tape everything off (that took awhile... she has LOTS of windows and vents and stuff!), put wood in front of the tires, sheets over the hitch, etc.

4. Start spraying! This is my dad, he got most of the honors...

I did get to do some of the painting! We used my new airless sprayer which did really great!

And we used Rustoleum Gloss White paint which also worked perfectly!

5. Let it dry overnight then do the 2nd coat.

This is my dad on day two with the 2nd coat... he decided that he needed to cover up a little bit more because he ended up with white paint all over him on day one and this is oil based so not the easiest to get off!

So here she is in her new glossy white coat! :o)

6. Add details!

On day three we added scallops! We just used regular spray paint for this part. I made scalloped stencils out of cardboard and we taped them on under each window.

It seemed like that should have worked really good but actually there was over spray and not very crisp lines so here are my mom and dad working on fixing that!

My dad used some sort of rubbing compound to get off as much of the over spray as he could and then my mom came along with her artist paint brush and touched it all up!

The door was also painted aqua, here I am giving it the first coat.

Still taped up but with cute scallops and an aqua door now!

7. Remove the tape!

Now came the very best part! Taking off all the tape!!! I was grinning from ear to ear!

My mom told me to do the happy dance... apparently this is what the happy dance looks like... in case you didn't know...

Here are my dad and I beaming over our new accomplishment!

Notice the little step stool between us? It also got a makeover! Here it is before.

Before and afters anyone?!






After!! Ta Da!!

Well what do you think?? Cute Yes??

Supply List/Cost breakdown:

$58.49 total for Maizy's new paint job!

We also used a Wagner airless paint sprayer - Wagner 0417005 Control Spray HVLP Sprayer

**UPDATE - my trailer has been painted now for 3 years and the paint still looks as good as new!**

Note: If you use any of the links above to purchase product to paint your trailer I will make a small commission but it will not cost you a penny more!


  1. Cutest little trailer on the planet!!
    And just in the nick of time---it's raining today!

  2. Oh my goodness Tania....I am so envious right now! LOL....seriously! I want to fix up one of these so bad! There is one about 8 miles up the road from me that I am hoping the owners decide to sell some day! It is white with a large band of aqua blue down the side which leads me to believe it may have aqua blue on the interior too....which is what I want. Maizy is absolutely adorable with her scalloped trim and fresh white paint job. That little stool is adorable as well. Props to you and your parents. What a fun family project! Enjoy....:)

    Blessings, Vicky
    Life On Willie Mae Lane

  3. Oh, I just love what you did!! I really like the blue. Now you need to stencil "Maizy" on the side panel over the window and next to the door.

    Bet you really appreciate the help you get from mom and dad.

  4. this is awesome. Love the paint job and the color

  5. I don't think a project like tis is ever done. I like Kim's idea of a couple Maizy stencils. It was a fun project, but I don't think I want to do another one.
    just Dad

  6. I am soooo jealous! I would love a trailer like that. You guys did a great job!

  7. Oh! I'm I want one! Great job -- its adorable! :)

  8. How fabulous is this?! I love the paint job, I LOVE that trailer!!!!!!!!!!!! so cute, so perfect!!

  9. Just fabulous, love the darling shape! Cute colors, love the scallops!

  10. That is adorable. I am working on a 1955 Aljo. Every time I see someone else has accomplished their re-do, I get more excited and feel like I CAN DO IT!!! Thanks for the uplift!

    1. Thanks so much, I'm glad I could encourage you with your redo! Do you have any pictures?


  11. Love it and so jealous!!! Easing hubby into the idea of getting our own and fixing it up. Of course he's the do-er and I'm the idea -er.

    1. Hi, thanks so much for commenting! I hope you can talk your hubby into it, they are so much fun!



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