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Painting mobile and manufactured home walls is a great way to update your home. A new paint color can instantly change the entire look of the home.
Unfortunately, there’s a lot of confusion when it comes to painting walls in manufactured homes. The panels aren’t made with the same material found in stick-built homes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t paint them!
Manufactured homes often use vinyl on gypsum wall panels or VOG panels. These vinyl coated walls have a shiny finish and usually have some sort of pattern like flowers printed on the paper under the coating and over the gypsum. Builders used VOG panels because they are lightweight and easy to install. Instead of using tape to cover the seams, as you would drywall or Sheetrock, batten strips are installed over them.
Before you begin painting your walls, you will need to decide if you want to leave the battens up or remove them. Taking them down and filling in the seams is a cumbersome job but it looks great. If you can live with the battens simply paint over them, they will blend in very well and your painting project will be much easier. We’ll cover both options.
Tools and Supplies to Paint Manufactured Home Walls
Basic cleaning and painting supplies are used to paint your manufactured home walls. High-quality products are recommended since you need maximum adhesion and flexibility. The primer and paint need to bond to the wall and generic paint simply doesn’t have the adhesion that premium paints have.
Premium Primer and Paint
You can use a paint and primer in one or two separate products. A universal bonding or acrylic based primer should work well for any home. Using a bonding primer is much better…