A before and after image of updating the interior of an RV by paint spraying the cabinets

How to Paint RV Cabinets

Ready for a summer full of RVing? Learn how to update the interior of the RV by painting the kitchen cabinets.

Hi there! My name is Rachel Joy and I am the owner of Joyful Derivatives where I teach simple and affordable ways to create a home you love to spend time in and are proud to share with others. I am so excited to be here today to share with you how we used our FLEXiO 5000 paint sprayer from Wagner to completely transform our friends’ RV kitchen cabinets!

Some of our very good friends live full time in their fifth-wheel and asked if we would help them update their dark oak cabinetry with a nice coat of white paint.

Of course, I’m all about the room makeovers, so we jumped at the opportunity to help!

I still can’t believe how amazing the transformation turned out – take a look:

A before and after image of updating the interior of an RV by paint spraying the cabinets

If you’re looking to update your RV’s kitchen cabinets, painting them is a great option!

Simply follow this tutorial and you’ll have a whole new space in no time.

Materials Needed:

  • Pre-Paint Cleaner
  • Liquid Sandpaper
  • Painter's Tape
  • Plastic Drop Cloth
  • Primer
  • Cabinet Paint

Tools Needed:

Step 1: Remove all doors and drawers.

Begin by removing all the doors and drawers using a screwdriver or drill. Number each face as you remove it using painter’s tape (both on the cabinet and the door/drawer) so you know where to reinstall it.

Step 2: Wipe down with liquid sandpaper.

Apply liquid sandpaper (using its application instructions) to all your cabinet faces, doors, and drawer fronts.

Step 3: Clean with a pre-paint cleaner.

Wipe down all the cabinetry (including the main frames, doors and drawer fronts) with a heavy-duty, pre-paint cleaner.

This step is critical, don’t skip it or speed through it!

Step 4: Mask the space.

Use painter’s tape and plastic drop cloths to mask off all of the cabinet interiors, appliances, counter tops, surrounding walls, ceiling, and floor - basically anything you don't want to accidentally paint spray.

The interior masked off to prepare for paint spraying the RV cabinets

Step 5: Prime and paint the cabinets.

Next, use your FLEXiO 5000 paint sprayer to apply one coat of primer and two coats of paint to your main cabinets.

A man painting with a Wagner paint sprayer

Step 6: Prime and paint the doors/drawers.

If outdoors, place your doors face-down on painter’s tripods on a table covered with a drop cloth. If indoors, place your doors face-down on painter’s tripods on the ground inside a painting tent.

Use your FLEXiO 5000 paint sprayer to prime the back sides, turn over on the tripods and prime the fronts. Let them dry for 3-4 hours, then turn them back over and repeat the process for 2 coats of paint.

A person using a paint spray gun to paint wooden cabinets

This sponsored post was created by Joyful Derivatives. To see the full instructions and even more tips/tricks for painting oak RV cabinets, head over to my post at Joyful Derivatives

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