Making Your Home Your Own: Can You Paint Mobile Home Interior Walls?

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Creating A Home Of Your Own: All You Need to Know About Painting Mobile Home Interior Walls

Painting your interior walls at home can be a great way to make your home feel more unique and cozy. Whether you’re looking to freshen up the look of one room or the entire house, tackling the job yourself can save you time and money.

When it comes to painting mobile home interior walls, it requires a little extra care and consideration. Without taking the right precautions, you could cause further damages to your home and potentially void the warranty. For these reasons, it’s important to have some knowledge on the do’s and don’ts of painting a mobile home before you start your project.

Why Is It Different?

Mobile home walls are made from other materials than the traditional construction. Unlike traditional dwellings, mobile homes have walls comprised of drywall or vinyl walls that have been tied to a metal frame. The best way to understand what kind of walls your mobile home has is to look for any vinyl overlapping or ridging along the walls.

You can analyze what type of surface to expect with the walls since different surfaces will require different paint matte. If the walls are painted, it is important to note that they are likely to have a glossy finish.

Prepping the Surface

The most important part of any painting project is the prepping of the surface. Mobile home walls require more specific steps when preparing than traditional walls in order to ensure the paint will stick properly. Before starting the project, it is important to make sure that you properly assess the wall surface.

Here are a few things you will want to do in order to prepare the walls for a paint job:

    • Remove all outlet or switch covers and switch plates
    • Clean the walls with a washcloth or sponge and some mild detergent
    • Remove any wallpaper, debris and other material from the walls
    • Fill any holes or cracks with spackling
    • Sand any rough spots
    • Wipe down the walls with a damp cloth
    • Prime the walls with a stain-blocking primer to prevent peeling or bubbling over time

Once the surface is prepared you can start applying the paint. It’s important to use a paint designed specifically for mobile homes, as regular paint can damage the walls and possibly void any warranties.

Tips for Painting

    • Choose the correct type of paint (oil-based or water-based) for the proper surface.
    • Use a quality paint roller for the best coverage and texture.
    • Pick the right color. Remember, bright and light colors can make a small room feel larger.
    • Start at the furthest corner of the room and work your way back.
    • Use two coats of paint and at least two primer layers before the paint.
    • Let the paint dry completely between coats and ensure that the walls are completely dry before applying the next coat.

Once you are done with the project, be sure to clear the area of dust, paint and any other debris.


Painting the interior walls of your mobile home is an effective way to change the look of a room without a full remodel. While painting mobile home walls does require more specific steps than a traditional home, following the steps outlined in this article can help you complete the project successfully.

So whether you’re looking for a vibrant new look or just want to freshen up the place a bit, a little bit of work and creativity can go a long way when creating the home of your dreams.