How to Paint Interior Mobile Home Walls

Updated November 21, 2016

If you live in a mobile home, you may have noticed that the walls in your home are different than the walls in other permanent homes. This difference can make painting your walls a little bit more complicated than painting walls in a traditional home. While it is a little more complicated, it isn't impossible by any stretch. You will just need to have the right materials and follow the proper steps.

Determine what type of walls you will be painting over. The two common types found in mobile homes are vinyl-coated and panelling. Vinyl-coated walls generally have patterns on them, and panelling normally has grooves in the wall. If you have vinyl-coated walls, skip to Step 3.

Apply compound in every one of the grooves in the wall, all the way down to the floor and up to the ceiling. Allow this to dry, then apply another coat. This is needed because the compound will actually contract while it dries.

Sand the entire wall with sandpaper. If you had to use joint compound, make sure that the grooves are even with the rest of the wall everywhere. If they are not, fill in the holes with more compound. If you have vinyl-coated walls, make sure you are working to get the wall as smooth as possible, and hopefully as much of the printing off as you can.

Wipe the walls down to remove all of the dust and debris from sanding.

Begin priming. You may want to select a stain-hiding primer and paint if you have printing on your walls. Otherwise, these may show through the paint in the end. Now let the primer dry.

Paint your wall with the colour and type that you've selected. You will probably have to apply more than one coat no matter what type of wall that you have to hide any imperfections in the wall.


Walls are not going to be the same, so be sure you know what type of walls you have in your mobile home before you start to paint. It may be that you will have to work harder to paint your walls. Your best bet when dealing with painting a wall for the first time is to find out what material it is and consult with a hardware store representative.

Things You'll Need

  • Primer and paint (type will depend on your walls)
  • Joint compound
  • Sandpaper
  • Brushes or rollers
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