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onlyawhaler posted 09-10-2002 12:12 PM ET (US)   Profile for onlyawhaler   Send Email to onlyawhaler  
Does anyone know how to brighten up the look of a galvanized trailer. I have noticed the posts on alummium. Any ideas on galvanized?
jimh posted 09-10-2002 07:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The WHALER FORUM is really intended to be a place to discuss Boston Whaler boats. This particular forum is intended for discussion of the newer boats, first built after 1990.
hooter posted 09-10-2002 07:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for hooter    
Sorry Jimmy, but dis IS appropriate to da "Post" section. It ezzemplifies the tinkin' of a typical buyer of a bowling' ball Whaler. But seriously, mebbe he could talk to Brunzwick 'bout paintin' all their trailers in some purdy colors. Would likely please a bunch o'der current boat clientel. Sheee-it, Skeeder and' Stratos been doin' it fer years fer the sparkle-boat crowd. No reason to stop wid them. Gots to change wid da times, Ah's been told.
David Pendleton posted 09-10-2002 08:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
If it isn't appropriate to discuss trailers, how come it is appropriate to discuss outboard motors?

Neither are made by Boston Whaler. Both are relevant to the boat.


lhg posted 09-10-2002 08:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I think you guys have missed Jimh's subtle point. The Post Classic section is for the Post Classic boats, while the Performance section clearly says it is for "trailers, etc.". I think he means that trailers are trailers, whether for Classic or Post Classic, and this question should have gone there. My Classic boats also have galvanized trailers, and actually I was wondering if anybody had a solution to this question.

I have found galvanized trailers get duller each year, and not much other than "Fantastic" can be used to clean them. The originally shiny galvanization just can't be brought back. Silver paint would be the only answer, and I use this on the spoke wheels to spruce them up and simplify cleaning.

As the electro-plated bolts gradually rusted up, I replaced with SS each time. This really improves the look of the trailer overall, and after 13 years of high use, my galvanized trailer shows no signs of rust at all, except for the springs.

dscew posted 09-10-2002 08:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for dscew    
As our local Boston Whaler dealer once stated to a customer wanting a painted trailer, "A galvanized trailer will be just as ugly 20 years from now as it is today, but a painted trailer won't exist in 20 years."
lhg posted 09-10-2002 08:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
With EZ Loader painted trailers, try 3 years!
The one that came with my 18 Outrage rusted through that fast, resulting in the tongue separating from the rest of trailer frame at 60 MPH. This was not fun, and only a Whaler, well strapped on at winch and transom, kept the thing together while pulling off the road. What a nightmare!

Beware, as painted trailers rust from the inside (of the tubes) out, and you can't tell when only the paint film is holding the thing together. I would never, ever, own one again.

whalersman posted 09-10-2002 09:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalersman  Send Email to whalersman     
I think Jimh is a big boy. He didn't get where he is today by someone else telling other people what he said, or what he didn't say, either subtely or not.

I got myself into trouble before on this forum trying to stick up for someone's Rights.... I won't do it again....

However, why is there always someone on this forum trying to tell the rest of us what Jimh is saying? He can speak for himself, so please let him....

If we were to read his post above again, we will see exactly what he means is exactly what he said.
The first part is:
"The WHALER FORUM is really intended to be a place to discuss Boston Whaler boats".... Now none of us can argue with that. It is pretty straight forward.... This Forum is intended to be a place to discuss Boston Whaler Boats, PERIOD. Who cannot understand that?
The second part is:
"This particular forum is intended for discussion of the newer boats, first built after 1990".... Now we all can read that this particular forum is intended for the newer boats built after 1990... I don't think that is too hard to figure out...

Now, back to the first part... As David Pendleton states: "If it isn't appropriate to discuss trailers, how come it is appropriate to discuss outboard motors?"
I am asking the same question? Maybe not is this part of the forum, but I think the trailer question could be asked in the General Forum, The Performance Forum, or the Repairs and Mods Forum... Why not.... If Engines can be in the other Forums, then Why Not Trailers????
I agree that Trailers are Trailers as Engines are Engines, and that they do not particularly fit into the Post Classic Forum, but I do feel they have a place in the other forums along with Engines and accessories.....

Please let Jimh speak for himself and don't try to read anything else into or out of what he PRINTS........ and, Please don't try and tell us what he really meant isn't really what he said.......

This forum is great..... Let's keep to the topic at hand.....


whalersman posted 09-10-2002 09:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalersman  Send Email to whalersman     
I have a 1978 American Trailer that is painted. It has only been in Salt Water One Time that I know of. It still is in great shape. However, it has always been garaged since the day I purchased it.

Hearing from other people's experience on this forum, I don't think I would ever buy a painted trailer again. Why? It seems to me that a Galvanized Trailer is the way to go. As lhg points out, some of the bolts tend to rust but not much else.
I own 3 trailers at this time. The one mentioned above and 2 other Galvanized Trailers. "They maybe Ugly now, but 20 years from now they will still be Ugly".
I can live with that..... I have been looking in the Mirror for longer then that and I still look that way..... What can I say???

hooter posted 09-10-2002 09:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for hooter    
Wound pretty tight, there, boy. Might try ceegars and whiskey to calm it down a notch.
jimh posted 09-10-2002 10:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
How 'bout them dogs?

As long as there is a Boston Whaler on that trailer, I guess it is as germane as the other postings about engines, etc., but I just thought that the "Post-Classic" section was a particularly odd place to drop in with a thread about galvanized finishes and caring for them.

MODS/REPAIRS would probably been more appropriate.

Hey, I dunk my trailer in the pure fresh water of the Great Lakes all the time and it still looks good. In fact, most of the blemishes on the trailer are from drips of cleaner and other products I was using on the hull!

David Pendleton posted 09-11-2002 01:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
My galvanized EZ Loader looks as good today, as it did when I bought it in 1999.

This is a freshwater trailer that sits outside all year long...


bsmotril posted 09-11-2002 11:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
"LPS 3" is a cold galvanizing compound that you spreay on. It won't restore that shiny Zinc OEM finish, but it will even out the color to a nice neutral battleship gray. I have used it on the last two trailers I own to touch up corrosion spots, and it does a good job of delaying the rusint process. Buy 4-5 cans and make that trailer look like new when it comes time to sell. Hit the white zinc Oxide spots with a wire brush first for good adhesion.
dgp posted 09-11-2002 12:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
I'm confused! Jim scolded "onlyawhaler" for posting questions about trailers in this section yet he said nothing to "Swellmonster" about his post about trailers in the same section.?
Swellmonster posted 09-11-2002 08:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
I guess Im next.
jimh posted 09-11-2002 08:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Hey, everybody will get their chance...

To be fair, that thread is pretty far off-topic in this forum, too.

diveorfish posted 09-11-2002 08:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for diveorfish  Send Email to diveorfish     
As far as this trailer stuff being posted to the right forum goes, I think all us bowling ball boat owners get confused about where the appropriate place for us to post is. Since we aren’t exactly sure whether it is ok to post newer Whaler topics on the other classic Whaler forums, our first inclination is to play it safe and post to the “Post-Classic” forum.
A quick run down of the guidelines would probably be very helpful.

Back to trailer topics though, if your Whaler sits on a trailer, that trailer is a MAJOR part of your overall Whaler experience. I am very interested in what others have to say regarding trailer maintenance, horror stories and the like because I narrowly escaped a major trailer mishap just last week. I learned many lessons and would like to recount my story but where do I post it?

OUTRAGEOUS22 posted 09-11-2002 11:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for OUTRAGEOUS22    
I use Mary kate on and off cleaner to remove stains on my 2001 Loadrite galvanized saltwater trailer. Spray on, brush and wash with water as soon as stain gone about 3 minutes. On and off is acid so rinse fast. NO standing around.
DIVE 1 posted 09-12-2002 09:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for DIVE 1    
We have used "STEEL-IT" stainless steel paint for years on painted or galvanized trailers and it holds up extremely well. The galvanized trailer for DIVE1 was painted 6 years ago and it looks the same as the day it was painted(it has to look nice for parades). The trailer sits outside in the weather from April to Nov.
We simply wash a galvanized trailer with soap, water, and brown scotchbrite pads, let dry, paint.
The paint is a polyurethane with stainless steel pigment. It is available from McMaster/Carr in spray cans or gallon cans. We usually apply 2 coats with a paint roller. If it needs a touch-up, use the spray can. After the first washing the touch-up is not noticeable. One word of caution - use proper respiratory protection if using the spray cans.

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