Some mobile homes will have vinyl walls. Typically, they will be vinyl on/over gypsum (VOG) or paper on/over vinyl (POG). It’s important to understand what you’re working with – especially if you’ve never painted this type of wall before. Adding a new paint job is a great, affordable facelift. I’ll show you some of the steps to help you do a great, lasting paint job!
Sources, like this one, stress the importance of proper technique when painting vinyl on gypsum walls. These walls are (as you are probably aware) – a waxy, smooth texture because they are made to resist water. Read more on the home maintenance site about VOG walls and why they are such a practical choice for mobile homes.
It’s important to note that before starting any new home project, you should always consult with a professional.
- Clean. You’ll need a safe, gentle cleaner and a rag or sponge to wipe down the entire wall area where you are wanting to paint. You may need to give it a few passes with the cleaner. You can let it air dry or go back through with a dry cloth. Either way, you want to make sure you give ample drying time.
- Quality. When it comes to selecting primer, paint, and application gear you’re going to want to pick the best you can. Many sites that give a tutorial for this project, recommend selecting the highest quality you can. This is because VOG walls may not hold your paint as well as other walls – so getting something that’s high quality ensures a better outcome. You MUST get primer for these types of walls. Keep that in mind when pricing things out before you shop. There is a 2 in 1 option, but ask the paint professionals what best fits you. Don’t forget to get good quality brushes and rollers as well.
- Fill in holes in the walls
- Tape off the area so you don’t get paint on the ceiling or trim.
- Lay down old sheets or tarps to protect your flooring.
4. Battens – to keep or not to keep. Many VOG walls have battens that hold the vinyl panels together where they join. These can be removed for painting and then filled and smoothed over. It gives a fancy final look but adds a lot of extra time and work unless you are used to this process. You can also simply paint over the battens. They are visible still, but it will look nice, too.
5. Start with light coats. When applying both primer and paint use thin, light coats. More than likely, you’ll need 2 or 3 coats to cover the wall, so over applying is something to be sure to avoid. This makes for easy application and quick drying!
For a little different order on the process and some more tips, check out this home site’s recommendations. You may find their approach more fitting for you. I hope this helps you get acquainted with the process and gives you confidence to keep researching and start your own painting project. For a little inspiration, check out the quiz below. This can help you find your perfect color pallet!