How to Repaint a Mobile Home

You can spruce up an older mobile home with a new coat of paint and matching trim, and you can save money by doing the job yourself.

Spruce up your mobile home with a new coat of paint.Spruce up your mobile home with a new coat of paint.
You can even save money on your home energy bills by choosing the right colors of paint. To ensure a smooth, attractive appearance that lasts, use a paint designed for aluminum surfaces such as the exteriors of mobile homes.

Use a power washer to clean the exterior of your mobile home thoroughly. You can rent a power washer if you do not own one. Most power washers have enough pressure to remove even stubborn dirt, mold and mildew without having to add bleach or detergent to the water. Allow the exterior of your home to dry completely before beginning to apply paint.

Use masking tape to tape newspaper over all window glass to avoid accidentally getting paint on the glass while painting your home.

Apply paint to the exterior of your mobile home, using paint rollers or a paint sprayer. You can rent a paint sprayer if you do not own one. If you prefer to use paint rollers, attach extension handles to give yourself greater reach.

Use a paintbrush to paint the trim on your mobile home.

Apply a second coat of paint if needed after the first coat has dried. Paint designed for use on the exteriors of mobiles homes is usually pretty thick, though, so you may not need a second coat.

Things You Will Need

  • Power washer
  • Newspapers
  • Masking tape
  • Paint
  • Paint trays
  • Paint rollers with extension handles
  • Paint sprayer
  • Paintbrushes
  • Ladder

Tips

  • Choose light colors of paint for the exterior of your mobile home if you want to save on summer cooling bills. Consider colors such as white, cream, beige, peach, pale yellow, light blue or light green. Many people prefer to use a contrasting color for the trim on their homes.
  • Clean paint rollers and paintbrushes immediately after use for an easier clean up.

Warnings

  • Use ladders safely when needed to paint high areas. Use only sturdy ladders placed on level ground and do not attempt to stand on the top rung.
  • If you rent power equipment with which you are not familiar, such as a power washer or paint sprayer, make sure you understand how to use it properly and safely before you begin.

About the Author

Kelly Morris has been making a living as a writer since 2004. She attended the College of Mount St. Joseph with a major in social work and minor in women's studies. Her work has appeared in a number of print publications including Caregivers Home Companion, Midwifery Today and Guide.