How to Clean Rust on Outside of Camper Trailer

How to Clean Rust on Outside of Camper Trailer
Many vehicles will develop rust when the metal areas are exposed to water and oxygen, and camper trailers are no exception. The paint on the outside of your camper trailer protects metal surfaces from these elements but small scratches or chips in the paint expose the metal, allowing rust to develop and possibly cause damage. Wash your camper trailer before and after each outing and check for rust spots. Treating the rust as soon as possible will reduce the risk of weak spots or holes developing in the exterior of your camper trailer.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Warm soapy water
  • Soft sponge
  • Garden hose
  • Wire brush
  • Rag
  • Rust inhibitor spray
  • Touch up paint
Step 1
Wash the outside of the camper trailer with warm soapy water and a soft sponge to remove dirt and grease. Rinse away the soap with water from a garden hose.
Step 2
Scrub at the rust with a stiff, wire brush to remove any flaking paint or loose rust particles. Focus on only scrubbing the rusted areas as the wire brush will scratch the paint on your camper trailer.
Step 3
Wipe the area with a dry rag to remove paint or rust flakes removed during scrubbing. Dry the surface thoroughly with the rag when it is clean.
Step 4
Spray a thin layer of rust inhibitor or rust neutralizer onto the rusted area of the camper trailer. Let the rust neutralizer dry overnight and then apply a second coat.
Step 5
Cover the area with automotive touch up paint that matches the exterior of the camper trailer after the rust inhibitor is completely dry.
Step 6
Avoid using the camper for at least 24 hours to give the touch up paint time to dry.

Tips & Warnings

If the rust occurs on the undercarriage of the camper trailer, follow the same process but apply a body deadener instead of touch up paint. This product is available in an aerosol can and protects the undercarriage of your camper.

Article Written By Kittie McCoy

Kittie McCoy has been a freelance writer since 2008. She is also a part-time personal trainer and licensed entertainer in Las Vegas. She enjoys sharing her love of physical fitness and experience in the entertainment industry via her writing.

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