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Steve Whichello posted 05-23-2001 10:13 PM ET (US)   Profile for Steve Whichello   Send Email to Steve Whichello  
I Have a 86 Wesco Galv trailer for my montauk and it's showing a little rust here and there. I cant decide if cold galv spraying or painting with a high end enamal would be best. Im leaning toward painting just from cosmetic point of view.
lhg posted 05-23-2001 10:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Although I've not had any rust show up on my 12 year old galv trailer (Continental) I've used the cold galvanizing for touvh up in a few places and it seems to be OK. I recently used it on my Danforth anchor and it looks pretty good, but will probably need an occasional touch up as the anchor is used. But it's a pretty dull looking finish, and hard to clean.

But I have discovered that a good paint also works wonders to spiff up galvanized metal, with no worry of rust underneath. My galvanized spoke trailer wheels were starting to look crummy, but not rusted, and I spray painted them with Rust Oleum's premium metalic silver paint, from Home Depot. They look fabulous, and clean up really easily with soap and water, and have held up for over two years already. The color is very close to what new galvanizing looks like. No chipping, peeling or anything. And we all know how bad trailer wheels can get to look. Highly recommended. I'll bet painting the whole trailer this way would look terrific.

I recently saw an older galvanized trailer that had been painted this way and it looked brand new. Try your wheels first, and see if you like it (you will!).

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