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13sport posted 01-18-2002 12:52 PM ET (US)   Profile for 13sport  
I have a painted trailer under my 13 sport that needs repainting. Does anyone have any recommendations as what paint would hold up the best for an occasional salt water dip?
JFM posted 01-18-2002 03:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Wire wheel with drill or scrape off old paint. I have used Galvalume in years past and it holds up well from salt water. It's very thick and expensive. Regards, Jay
Paint Legend posted 01-19-2002 08:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for Paint Legend  Send Email to Paint Legend     
I would go to the trouble of getting it sand/soda blasted if at all possible. This will give you the best surface to paint plus grinding and sanding trailers is very tedious.


Duncan posted 01-20-2002 08:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Duncan  Send Email to Duncan     
My trailer is an old homemade bucket-o-bolts. Flakeing red rust. I Got a wire wheel fo an angle grinder then primed it with a knock-off of 3M "rust avenger" which chemically reacts with the ferris oxide (rust) to form a paintable surface. Worked very well.
The wire brushing is truly a pain in the "stern"...if you find a facility to sandblast it spend the extra $.
Tom B posted 01-20-2002 11:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom B  Send Email to Tom B     
You should check into having it galvanized. I have heard it is pretty reasonable and that galvanizing does not require much prep work.
SteveC posted 01-25-2002 05:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for SteveC    
I agree with the galvanizing idea. I checked on this several years ago for another type of application. I think it was about 50.00 per 100 lbs of steel. This included dipping the whole part in an acid bath to remove rust and corrosion. The metal to be dipped can have no sealed cavities. The problem with paint is that you cannot paint the inside of tubes, this can result in some catastrophic failures. Also, good paint is not cheap.

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