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    Painting a Utility Trailer ???

    Aiiight guys , Im fixin to jerk the brds off of my newly purchased 16 ft tandem axle trailer and paint it myself . Im planning on brushing the paint on with some good metal paint . And Im gonna dust the entire trailer off as good as I can with a grinder and a few different wire wheels . Any suggestions or pointers are appreciated ( Ive never painted nutn like this before ) . Im also gonna change all of the brds , tires , lights and wiring on the trailer . The trailer also has factory installed electric brakes that were never used , Im gonna see if I can get these suckers goin also !!!!!
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    I just got done with a cattle trailer and a 2 ton feed wagon. I power washed them, took the wire wheel on the grinder and hit the rusty spots, primered them. I bought some implement paint at the local farm store and painted it with a Wagner power sprayer I had. They both turned out great. The painting was the easy part. Prep work was the hard part.

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    I never thought about getting a wagner , thanks . Was the wagner worth the money in your opinion ?
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    hit her with the wire brushes and paint it with rustoleum alkyd. use a quality bristle brush and add a little penetrol to the paint. it will help it flow and hide brush marks.. put it on wet but not too thick. you might need 2 coats. run the new wiring before putting the boards down. you will see why when you do it. if you have a sprayer ir would be better but not totally necessary

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    put 3 times the labor in the prep work and it wont matter what you paint it with….plain ol spray pain cans will work...
    Last edited by ol man river; 08-06-2012 at 06:48 PM.

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    Inexpensive Equipment enamel will hold up as well as anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stompy View Post
    I just got done with a cattle trailer and a 2 ton feed wagon. I power washed them, took the wire wheel on the grinder and hit the rusty spots, primered them. I bought some implement paint at the local farm store and painted it with a Wagner power sprayer I had. They both turned out great. The painting was the easy part. Prep work was the hard part.
    Exactly....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ol man river View Post
    put 3 times the labor in the prep work and it wont matter what you paint it with….plain ol spray pain cans will work...

    im claiming that as a freudian slip

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    I did my trucks front bumper last year. After sanding, prepping and taping off the lamps I used rustoleum oil base primer(brown). I used a 3 inch nap(not foam) roller to apply the paint. They are available at Lowes etc... They even come with a small roller tray. I put the roller in a plastic bag wrapped tight overnight between coats so I used one roller for the whole job. Much better flow control than a brush job and overall a neater finish. The paint sets up fast which is another reason the roller is better(less brush marks). Use the brush around bolts etc.. and lay it off with the roller as close as possible. It looked so good that I havent put the topcoat(satin black) on yet. It has also held up to one winter without any return rust.

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    If your gonna brush it. Make sure to brush an extra coat on all the welds and edges. The first place the coating is gonna fail is a edge or weld. The paint is thin in those areas. Paint flows away from the edge. If your not concerned with looks. Prime it with a good metal primer then, use one of those bedliner kits on it. Make sure to put it on all leading edges and undersides of the frame and frame cross members. Rocks and road debris chip it up in those areas and that leads to rust and coating failure.

    Might even try using a rust inhibiter in some of the rusty areas you couldnt get cleaned good.

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    Gun, I just did this last winter to my trailer. I used a spray on stripper from Kleen Strip that was the best I have ever used. Spray it on and watch the paint turn loose. I washed it off with my small elec pressure washer, maybe 1200 psi. Washed the paint off down to the metal. Wire brushed the bad rusty areas, the rest I sprayed with rust converter. I used Rustoleum paint and primer. Everything was bought from Home Depot. I used a textured paint to blend in the pits from the rust, and my cheap spray gun to do the spraying. Good advice on the penetrol, helps it flow better; prep is also the ticket to a good job. I also re-wired the whole trailer and installed LED lights. I can loan you the spray gun if you want to stop by and pick it up. Or call for any help and advice.
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    For me since it's a utility trailer I would do all of the rewire and brake fix and then spray it with a rust converting primer/paint like this. it will be 1/10th the work and last a whole lot longer. Corroseal Rust Converter - Buy Direct!

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    If you don't mind Yellow, Green, Red; the factory Cat,Deere, IH paints are all but indestructible.
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    I am happy with the service I have gotten out of the Hammerite paint.

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    Gun get CROW to blast it and spray it would be the best option. If not clean rust spots down good with grinding disc wire wheels etc. rough up the rest of it and wipe it down good with lacquer thinner or acetone. Then coat it all with a good industrial expoxy then top coat it with a urethane

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    Theres a place on greenwells springs rd where the old 688 parts house was has all the generic brand epoxies and urethanes. Should be able to do the job yourself for a couple hundred dollars.

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    You want it to last forever, go to an automotive paint supply store and get about half dozen spray cans of 3m rubberized undercoating. It doesn't look as nice , but it's very chip resistant and will outlast any paint.

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    Just wondering if anybody has tried truck bed spray liner on their utility trailer and how that might have turned out?:

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    I applied rhino lining to my utility trailer. I had it placed even on my boards. So far so good and that has been about 4 years ago. The color has faded a little but its still holding up!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gun Runner View Post
    I never thought about getting a wagner , thanks . Was the wagner worth the money in your opinion ?
    Yes it was, I've used it for several different jobs here on the ranch.