How to paint a steel trailer

I have this trailer that I made with a military surplus bed.
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Now that warmer weather has come, I can think about painting it.
The bed has some rust spots and such. I would like to know if there is
a way to paint it such that it will only need minor maintenance from
now on.
As an extra tidbit, I have 16 aerosol cans with "93% zinc paint". It
seems to be good stuff.
So, my plan for the INSIDE of the bed is to take a angle grinder, with
a 6" wire brush, do a decent wire brushing job, and simply apply this
ZINC spray paint on the inside. I do expect to do some touching up
once in a while as the bed gets scratched, etc, but I hope that it
would just be a few minuts per year.
A bigger question is what to do on the outside. There is a lot more
paint left on the outside and I sort of like the camo color
pattern. (though the grey color is not bad also and would fit the
color of my pickup)
Ideally, I would like to find a way to mostly preserve this pattern. A
few months ago, on the spur of the moment, I bought a couple of little
cans of paint at the local pro paint store, but I am a little doubtful
that latex paint will really adhere. Does anyone hve any experience
with repainting with latex over old paint or wirebrushed rust.
Any thoughts.
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Reply to
Ignoramus322
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What you need is a good one-step camouflage spray paint.
Ignoramus322 wrote:
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Reply to
Mike Berger
Would you have any specific suggestions as to what paint to use?
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> Ignoramus322 wrote: >> I have this trailer that I made with a military surplus bed. > ... >> >> A bigger question is what to do on the outside. There is a lot more >> paint left on the outside and I sort of like the camo color >> pattern. (though the grey color is not bad also and would fit the >> color of my pickup) >> >> Ideally, I would like to find a way to mostly preserve this pattern. A >> few months ago, on the spur of the moment, I bought a couple of little >> cans of paint at the local pro paint store, but I am a little doubtful >> that latex paint will really adhere. Does anyone hve any experience >> with repainting with latex over old paint or wirebrushed rust.
Reply to
Ignoramus322
Better have a 7" or 9" angle grinder for the 6" wire cup. They take a lot of ass to spin them with the pressure you will use to get the rust. How advanced is the rust?
If you have compressed air, you can get a cheap conventional spray gun to shoot your trailer from the horrible fright. I use Sherwin Williams industrial alkyd enamel for painting steel that needs a good finish.
I don't think you will be happy with latex paint at all. I would wire cup it, prime it, and enamel it, and done. The guys at the store can clue you in as to the reduction method for the particular paint you use.
Hope this helps!
Reply to
John L. Weatherly
Wasn't all that already explained to you in full length? It was. Go read those old postings again!
Nick
Reply to
Nick Mueller
Mike Berger wrote: What you need is a good one-step camouflage spray paint. Iggy wrote: Would you have any specific suggestions as to what paint to use? ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ I have some, but I set it down, and now I can't find it.
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Leo Lichtman
Rino Liner
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Reply to
Gunner
The price for that is $900. I already asked. I have this brand of bedliner in my pickup.
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Reply to
Ignoramus322
My thoughts, also. A small sandblaster would make fast work for the serious rust spots.
-- Oren
"If things get any worse, I'll have to ask you to stop helping me."
Reply to
Oren
Doing Rhino inside only would cost me about $900.
As far as sandblasting goes, I am quite open minded since I have a "Real 5 HP" compressor and could, in principle, do sandblasting.
I assume that you are referring to those sandblasting guns that work in the open, without a tent or some such, around.
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Reply to
Ignoramus322
Um... Iggy... there MUST be a tent. But in this case, you should wear it, rather than putting it up around the trailer.
(still pickin' grit outta my teeth from the LAST sandblasting exercise!)
LLoyd
Reply to
Lloyd E. Sponenburgh
I think RustOleum makes some poka-dot paint....
Reply to
HeyBub
Its right next to the can of Kelly Green Paisley paint. Hard to miss it.
Gunner
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Reply to
Gunner
Have you checked into the doit yourself liners?
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Gunner
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Gunner
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Yes, they look interesting. But they are not nearly as good as pro spray in bedliners. For inside the trailer, though, I am pretty set on using that zinc paint, I think that I already have those 16 cans and it will actually last, with a touchup here and there or a sheet of plywood thrown in as needed.
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Reply to
Ignoramus322
I have two small blasters. Just a small hopper, short hose and the gun attaches to the compressor hose. I've used several types of blast material. A cheap one is just simple play sand, sold near you. Crushed pecan shells, etc. My favorite was called Black Witch.
Oh, a face shield.
This approach to blasting will help in the corners and tight spaces.
Years ago I found a product in the auto stores for rust called Extend. Once to clean metal, spray this stuff on. I think Loctite Co bought the brand is now on their site.
You have a compressor and you may be able to rent a blaster for the day. One of mine is Craftsman brand. IIRC, $59.00 back then.
Save the $900.00 (G). -- Oren
"If things get any worse, I'll have to ask you to stop helping me."
Reply to
Oren
"Ignoramus322" wrote
A liner won't stop the rust. It will make it invisible, though.
Steve
Reply to
Steve B
Zinc paint? Is that like cold galvanizing paint?
Wes
Reply to
clutch
Yes. I have 16 cans of it. I simply came across someone selling them for $1 apiece.
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Ignoramus322
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True they are not as good as. But then Harbor Freight hammers are not as good as Estwing. But both will still drive nails for many years.
And they are not $900
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Gunner
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Gunner

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