Is RV Paint and Fabric Protection Worth It? (All You Need To Know) | RV and Playa (2022)

It seems like every major purchase comes with the option to get some protection plan. RVs are no different. And of course, these warranties and protection plans can come with a hefty price tag.

Purchasing the RV paint and protection is an option you should consider, as well as the option to do it yourself.

Is RV paint and fabric protection worth it? Paint and fabric protection has many benefits that may save you money. RV paint and fabric protection plans are usually worth the money because the service and materials are covered in the cost.

You can apply for paint and fabric protection yourself, but this isn’t as cost-effective or efficient unless you already have the tools and materials.

Read on to learn more about paint and fabric protection products and whether you can save money by applying them yourself.

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What is RV Paint and Fabric Protection?

RV paint and fabric protectors are spray-on products that, along with proper care and maintenance, help to preserve the appearance of your RV.

Most RV dealerships offer professional paint and fabric protection packages as part of the purchase, but similar products can also be applied by hand.

While the products are similar, they are not the same. Let’s take a closer look at the specifics of each type of product.

Paint Protection

Paint protection products are made of polymers and sprayed onto the exterior of your RV. Once applied, the polymer particles combine to create a hard plastic coating over the RV’s surface.

This coating effectively seals any scratches or exposed areas to prevent rust.

It also protects the paint surface, smoothing over any pores and gaps in the paint or body of the RV, and acting as a durable layer against damage of all kinds.

Professionally applied products, such as Diamond Kote, usually come with a warranty of up to ten years.

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Fabric Protection

Like paint products, fabric protection products bind together and create a barrier against damage.

Fabric products are meant to be used inside the RV to seal carpet, fabric, and leather.

Because they come in much closer contact with the users of the RV, they are made of non-toxic and hypoallergenic materials.

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These products are intended to protect against stains and keep your RV’s interior looking like new. Professionally applied fabric products also generally come with up to a ten-year warranty.

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Benefits of RV Paint and Fabric Protection

So now that you have a general idea of what paint and fabric protectors are, you may still be wondering, “Are they vital? Do the benefits outweigh the cost?”

Of course, only you can make that decision, but there are a lot of good reasons for using paint and fabric protection.

Whether you have it done professionally or decide to do it yourself, here are some of the benefits of applying paint and fabric protectors to your RV.

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Protect your RV from Damage

The paint protectors help to guard your exterior against all types of damage, including cracking, peeling, dents and scratches, fading, and rust.

The plastic polymers bind to your RV paint, creating a dependable and long-lasting seal against whatever nature tries to throw at it.

Fabric protectors guard against damage to your RV’s interior.

They help to seal out stains and odors that would ruin unprotected seats and carpet, making it easier to clean up after spills or pet accidents.

Fabric protectors work similarly to paint protectors, binding to the fabric, and creating a watertight seal.

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Increase the Value of your RV

Because they reduce the effects of use and weathering, paint and fabric protectors also keep your RV looking like new for much longer.

And a newer-looking RV, free of damage, will maintain its value for much longer.

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Extend the Life of your RV

Paint and fabric protectors can help your RV last longer by preventing damage and preserving the RV’s appearance.

Of course, you will still need to keep your RV adequately maintained and serviced.

But as long as you do your part, using paint and fabric protection will undoubtedly contribute to an increased lifespan for your RV.

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Can You Apply Paint and Fabric Protection Yourself?

There are some paint and fabric protection products on the market that you can use yourself. These products work reasonably well and can save you quite a bit of money, but applying them requires time and can be a bit of a hassle.

When applying your paint and fabric protectors, follow these steps.

Choose your Products

When choosing your products, consider which types of products would work best for your RV.

In general, you will need to use some paint sealant for the exterior, but make sure the kind you use is appropriate for your RV body’s material.

For example, if your RV is made out of fiberglass, use a sealant that’s rated for fiberglass.

The same goes for interior products. Make sure you buy the right product for the right materials.

You may have to buy separate products for the carpet and the seats. Products may fully waterproof your fabrics or only prevent stains.

Some may also prevent UV damage.

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Depending on the product, you may also want to invest in an applicator. Most products will need to be sprayed on, but they may or may not come with the sprayer.

Make sure you know ahead of time what you will need to apply the product.

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Clean your RV

You can either wash your RV with soap, water, and sponges or rags, or you can buy a special dry wash and wax product.

After cleaning your exterior, make sure it is scorched before applying the paint protector.

Vacuum your carpets and seats and, if needed, use a carpet shampooer or fabric cleaner to deep clean any problem spots.

Again, for interior protectors, make sure the carpet and fabric are completely dry before applying.

Apply the Products

Follow the directions on the product bottles for how to apply. Make sure you apply it evenly and don’t oversaturate any one area.

Allow an appropriate amount of time for the products to dry and set before using your RV again.

Pros and Cons of Self-Apply Paint and Fabric Protectors

If you are a do-it-yourselfer, applying your paint and fabric, protectors are a great way to save money, but it doesn’t come without its challenges.

Let’s look at some of the pros and cons of using self-apply paint and fabric protectors.

Pros

  • Inexpensive: whereas professionally applied paint and fabric protectors may cost four or five thousand dollars, the DIY products are considerably cheaper.
  • Provides adequate protection: depending on the quality of the products you choose, self-apply paint and fabric protectors are often just as effective as the professional products at preventing stains, damage, and fading.
  • Gives you control: with self-applied protectants, you can choose which products you want to use and apply them as often or as rarely as you see fit. You do it on your schedule and according to what you determine is best. This gives you added control over caring for your RV.

Cons

  • Temporary: self-applied paint and fabric protectors don’t often come with a warranty, and they are never expected to last as long as the professional products. In many cases, they will have to be reapplied annually, and sometimes more often depending on how much use the RV receives.
  • Hassle to apply: due to the size of an RV and the necessary pre-application cleaning, applying protectants on your own can be a time-consuming nuisance. If you don’t have the time or the patience for repeated cleanings and reapplications, having a professional do it for you may be the better option.

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Conclusion

Paint and fabric protectors are a necessary part of owning an RV if you want to keep your paint job and interior looking like new.

Whether you choose to have the protectants applied professionally or do it yourself, you’ll be glad you spent the extra time and money to keep your RV in top shape year after year.

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FAQs

How do I protect my RV paint? ›

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How do I keep my RV from fading? ›

A simple wash and wax soap is what is necessary. Using heavy detergents may strip away the wax. Use products specifically made for RVs and avoid all-purpose soaps or strong degreasers, but consider choosing a soap that has some carnauba wax in it, because it will help protect the finish.

How do I protect my RV outside? ›

Should I use an RV cover? If your only choice is to store your RV outdoors, then I highly recommend using an RV cover. A cover not only protects the RV roof and the RV's exterior finish, but it also helps protect all of the plastic, vinyl, and rubber components on the RV.

How do I protect my RV from the sun? ›

So, what are the best ways to protect your RV from the sun? The most harmful thing from the sun to your RV are UV rays. Preventing UV rays from constantly beating down on your rig is the best way to prevent sun damage. RV covers, tire covers, roof maintenance and more are all ways this can be accomplished.

Are RV coatings worth it? ›

By protecting your finish, you're also helping your RV to retain its value. This is also a great way to keep your RV looking like new, which can help you avoid being denied a stay by a campground for having an RV that's older than 10 years. A ceramic coating on your RV can also make it much easier to wash your RV.

What is the best RV UV protectant? ›

303 Aerospace Protectant RV wax has received more than 1,000 positive reviews on Amazon and is widely considered as the best RV wax with UV protection available on the market.

Do RV covers cause damage? ›

Do RV Covers Cause Damage? RV covers are meant to protect your RV, but they can cause damage if they aren't used properly. Some steps you can take to prevent damage to your RV include: Make sure your RV is clean and dry before covering.

What can I put on my RV roof to protect it from the sun? ›

Shade RV provides 95% Ultraviolet (UV) protection to the top of your RV to include caulking and plastic vent covers. This product uses a strong, HDPE fabric that won't rot or absorb moisture.

Should I wax my fiberglass RV? ›

Protect your Fiberglass RV from irreparable damage by washing it once a month to prevent buildup. Choose a cleaner with a wax additive to help with a clean finish and makes dirt harder to settle. It is prudent to have your RV waxed, with liquid or paste wax, at least once a year to maintain the gloss.

How often should you seal your RV roof? ›

In fact, about every two to four years is ideal, depending on the kind of weather you have and the type of environment you drive through on a regular basis. Certain kinds of climates can cause more wear and tear on the roof than others. And always, after a large storm or heavy snow, inspect the roof for damage.

How do I protect my RV roof? ›

After cleaning and/or removing the oxidation, the roof needs a protectant. Some RV manufacturers recommend using 303 Aerospace Protectant to protect the fiberglass from UV rays, to eliminate black streaks from forming on the walls and to give the roof a shiny luster. Use of a protectant is in lieu of waxing.

What can I use outside of my RV? ›

It's important to choose a non-corrosive cleaning product that won't degrade the rubber, plastic and silicone parts of your RV exterior. Simple Green Wash & Wax is gentle enough for delicate RV surfaces, yet tough enough to cut through dirt, grime and bug residue for a clean, polished and protective shine.

Can I use Dawn to wash my RV? ›

It is not recommended to wash your RV with Dawn dish soap as you may strip away your motorhome's coating. Instead, use any car wash or RV wash products. A soft brush and a sponge are both good to clean your RV.

Is it better to cover your camper or not? ›

Yes, you should! Covering an RV, if you don't invest in proper RV storage, is essential to keeping it protected from the elements. RV covers, RV skirts, and other methods can be used besides the traditional tarp route.

Is it better to store RV with slides in or out? ›

You should store your RV with the slides in. Storing your RV with the slides out increases your risk of problems with the RV, including leaky seals, damage to the slides, or possibly structural damage. Storing with the slides in, minimizes these risks and keeps your RV tidy and ready to go for your next adventure.

How do I protect my fiberglass RV? ›

Protect your Fiberglass RV from irreparable damage by washing it once a month to prevent buildup. Choose a cleaner with a wax additive to help with a clean finish and makes dirt harder to settle. It is prudent to have your RV waxed, with liquid or paste wax, at least once a year to maintain the gloss.

What kind of paint do you use on an RV? ›

Many RVers swear by using regular exterior paint on their RV. Others recommend using marine epoxy or marine deck paint. You'll want one rated for the outdoors that will easily grip your RV surface. For aluminum RV exteriors, use acrylic-latex or oil-based paints.

What kind of paint do you use on RV walls? ›

Oil-based paint is a very popular choice among RV owners because of its durability. It is also easy to clean and tends not to leave brush strokes during the painting process. Overall, it requires fewer coats than latex paint usually does.

Do you have to sand RV walls before painting? ›

Lightly sand the walls. I don't know if this step is all that necessary, especially if using a degreaser, but it certainly doesn't hurt. At the very least you want to make sure the walls don't have any imperfections and scuff sanding can help even this out. Don't overthink this.

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