RV Advice

How to Repair Surface Rust on Your RV

August 19, 2019

The key to repairing surface rust on your RV is in the preparation. You need to remove all of the rust prior to repainting the surface. If you don’t remove the rust it will come back through the new paint again. In this video, learn how to properly repair surface rust on your RV.

Top Tips From This Video

  • When you inspect your RV for first rust be sure to be thorough and check all the areas you might not think of on the chassis and frame
  • To repair you will need sandpaper, a sander, masking tape, paper or plastic sheeting, good quality metal primer and good quality paint
  • The key to fixing surface rust is careful preparation – you need to ensure you remove all of the rust
  • Use sandpaper to remove all the rust with the appropriate grit
  • Once all surface rust is removed, clean the area thoroughly
  • Mask off any areas you don’t want the paint or over-spray to hit
  • Applying primer is an important part of the process to prevent future surface rust
  • Be sure to use a good quality primer designed for metal surfaces
  • Sand lightly after primer is completely dry to help the paint adhere
  • Apply paint in the same method as the primer in two coats

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