Teardrop Trailer – Build Day 11

FIRST LAYER OF PAINT

TopsidePaint TOPSIDE MARINE PAINT
I chose this paint for it’s weather resistance and self leveling properties. The exterior walls are thin sheets of luan so it won’t take much water to mess things up. I’m hoping that the layers of spar varnish, marine primer, and marine paint create a solid watertight barrier. Bonus points if it’s shiny and smooth.

PaintedWalls PAINTED WALLS
This marine paint goes on easy. It’s a touch thick but levels itself pretty well. I’m applying it with a middling-to-good brush, though I do have to stop from time-to-time to pick out a lost bristle. This coat is a bit textured which is particularly clear at the brightly lit spots. I’m going to hit this with the sander tomorrow and see if I can get a more polished look before I move on to layer two.

PaintedDoors PAINTED DOORS
I also painted my door skins.  Afterwards I remembered that most of the middle of these will be cut out for the windows so I probably should have waited and cut out that bit first and saved myself some paint. Oh well, think ahead next time.

Luan INSIDE WALL SKIN
This is the inside wall skin. It’s 1/4 luan with a few coats of polyurethane varnish. I was thinking about putting wallpaper inside (there are endless color and pattern options) but I like the wood grain and may just leave the interior au naturel.