How to Paint a Vintage Trailer for Under $60

We have had several really nice days, weather-wise, lately, so we decided to paint my vintage trailer, Maizy!

You can paint your vintage trailer yourself for under $60!

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!!

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Supplies Needed:



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 overspray 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 is 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.

Even the tongue and jacks got a matching paint job!

Before and after pics anyone?!

Well, what do you think?? Cute Yes??


Here is the cost breakdown:

1 gallon of paint - $26.87
2 containers of mineral spirits - $14.68
2 cans of aqua spray paint - $7.96
Blue painters tape - $8.98

$58.49 total for Maizy's new paint job!

Check out the vintage trailer restoration resource page!

See the rest of the renovation posts here:

**UPDATE - my trailer has been painted now for 4 years and the paint still looks as good as new!**


The Vintage Dresser said...

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

Vicky Hunt said...

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

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

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.

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

this is awesome. Love the paint job and the color

Kathryn Ferrie said...

So cute!! I love it so much!!

The Vintage Dresser said...

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

AprilG said...

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

Clydia Mangold said...

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

Vicki Styons said...

Just way too cute! I love it!

ANNE said...

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

Karen L. Bates said...

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

vintage trailer love said...

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!

Little Vintage Cottage said...

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


Unknown said...

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.

Little Vintage Cottage said...

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


Randi H. said...

Maizy is adorable! And so are you and your family. How fun that everyone joined in to help!

Vikki B said...

You and your parents did a great job!! Maizy is all ready for glamping. She will stand out as a Winner anywhere--inside and out. She is beautiful!

Tania said...

Aww, thanks Randi! My parents are pretty amazing, always there to help with my crazy ideas.


Tania said...

Thank you so much Vikki! She was a labor of love that's for sure :o)


Sharon Culpepper Britt said...

Love the paint job especially the scallops.. They just made Maizy extra special.

Summer Harvey said...

Omg! I have a 61 Shasta that is in desperate need of a paint job! I want to make her a boutique on wheels... one day... sigh... her name is CeceliašŸ˜

Tania said...

Well now you know how you can paint yours for CHEAP!! Cecilia is an adorable name for a little vintage camper! :o)


Tania said...

Thanks Sharon!


Marie Blackburn said...

Oh my gosh Tania, how adorable is this makeover! I used to own a trailer very similar back in the 70's so this brings back loads of great memories. Love the color and swooning over those rims too! Hope you two and Maizy enjoy many happy memories together!

Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage said...

I absolutely love your trailer Tania. Love the aqua scallops, and the door... and those tires!!! Maizy is really quite fabulous. Love her!

Tania said...

Thanks Tuula! I'm kinda smitten with her too! ;o)


Tania said...

Thanks Marie!


Debra Pashkowsky said...

This is the cutest trailer I have ever seen. I love all of the details, especially the tires. Maize is quite the beauty.

Tania said...

Thank you so much Debra! :o)


roeshel said...

So fun! IT looks beautiful! Thanks for stopping by and linking up! Pinned this to the That DIY Party highlights! xo

Cindy Bird said...

We have a lovely little glamper that we have named Daisy. She was brought over from the UK sometime in the late 60's. She has an aluminum body and painting her was a daunting task. After cleaning her exterior we appied a coat of Mineral fusion "Ultra Grip" with their recommended paint brush. Followed that with 2 coats of Mineral Fusion Paint (again with a paint brush) Although said to be self sealing we decided to do a mineral fusion Top coat sealer just to be sure that the ocean salt spray did not ruin our finish. Two full years later, neither the canadian winters, nor the ocean salt spray have so much as created a scuff mark.
Daisy was also gutted inside, remodeled and now serves as a bunkie for our cottage. She sleeps 3 and is the most delightful little ocean view "bedroom" ever!

Tania said...

Daisy sounds just delightful Cindy!! I have never heard of that paint before, I'll have to investigate!


michellecooperstaley said...

I am in the demo phase of my 1969 Go Tag-A-Long. I started on the inside simply because the exterior was savagely poked over and over with an ice pick, that's what it looks like. So a load of body work a head. I love what you did with your vintage camper.

Tania said...

Thank you Michelle! Sounds like you've got your work cut out for you! I decided from the beginning that I wasn't "restoring" mine to it's original state but rather giving it a makeover. Mine is a Scotsman (not to be confused with Scotties which are worth much more than mine) and we discovered is along the cheap lines as far as how it was constructed. I love it just the same though!


Sherry Collier Colston said...

You guys did a GREAT job! Can you give more details of the paint process with the sprayer? I've been told that some sprayers are not good for Oil based paints. What specific sprayer did you use? Did you have to thin the paint? I'm getting geared up to paint our 1972 Glamper :) So any advice you have is much appreciated.

Tania said...

Thank you so much Sherry! It's been several years since we painted my trailer so honestly I don't remember if we thinned the paint. I don't think we did. There are some really great YouTube videos that you could watch. The sprayer that I linked to in the supplies list is the one I used and it worked really great and it has great reviews. I would practice with water in the sprayer first to get a feel for it... how it sprays, any adjustments that can be made, etc.

Good luck with your project! Honestly, my thoughts going into painting mine were that this is such an inexpensive option if it didn't work I wouldn't be out much and I could then look into getting it professionally painted.

It has held up great though. It does have a couple of small spots that need to be touched up. I think we just didn't get it sanded in those areas enough (it's hard to tell where you've sanded and where you haven't on a white trailer!) But it's been about 5 years since we painted it.