View Full Version : trailer sandblasted and primed

08-24-2004, 10:03 AM
Got trailer sandblasted yesterday morning and got some work done on it in the afternoon:
The steel that will hold the wood floor is in place, fenders and gates mounted. I got it primed last night. Bought a little paint gun to do it with, man wish i got one long time ago. Money well spent. Going to put the stake pockets on the sides today and prime those then hopefully paint it and paint the wheels. I'm going with gloss black on the frame and wheel hubs then light gray on the wheels to match the truck wheels.

08-24-2004, 10:04 AM
duh! would help to attach the pic. starting to resemble a trailer!

08-24-2004, 10:13 AM
did you get a HVLP gun?

if i painted something other than black in my driveway i think i'd put down a tarp to keep the driveway from looking like a ... well, paintshop booth.

the trailer looks good. you will love that side gate.

08-24-2004, 10:26 AM
Just a cheap $20 Campbell Hausfield gun from wally world.

I was in a hurry to get it primed before dark (pic taken this morning) and the driveway needs patched and recoated in that section anyway... I'm hard on blacktop, and black top is too soft in the heat and it is easily damaged by chemicals (oil gas etc). So it's my job to recoat that section since i've damaged it so much LOL. If i wasn't in a hurry to paint it i'd have laid out tarps. They were calling for rain (still haven't got it thankfully).

Thanks, i know i'm gonna love the side gate!

Since I will have wood sides with no metal rail frame, I will not have a platform to attach a lift spring to. I can make stand alone spring mounts easily enough but i thought i'll try to make a gas shock powered lift assist that will go underneath the trailer and gate and push rearward and up on it. Be similar to a hatchback trunk lid on a car.

08-24-2004, 10:41 AM
That is a serious trailer! Looks good. Any luck on the diesel front?

08-24-2004, 10:43 AM
what size did you decide on?

08-24-2004, 10:46 AM
are you talking about a rear gate assist? or for the side gate?
you could rip up some sort of bracket to mount to the outside of the wood wall for the rear pretty easily i'd bet.

08-24-2004, 10:59 AM
Joe, nope i'm just stickin to my gasser for now. It is a pretty good truck for me as long as i can afford the gas, which so far, i can. it's cheap and paid for and does the job very nicely.

Wriken, it's 7.5' wide and 22' long :D Since I made the deck go to the outside of the fenders, I got an extra foot and a half in width.

BSD- ya for the rear gate. The side gate isn't heavy at all (can lift it one hand no problem) since it's only 4' x 4' and I won't use it constantly. Ya i could make a spring like I have on the 6x12 trailer, mounted on the side, but i think an under mounted gas shock setup would be pretty cool, and safer if anything broke. plus, it's out of the way, unlike a spring, when the gate is down the spring and mount arm take up part of the side of the gate. I may just end up with a side mount but i'd like to try the gas shock idea first :)

08-24-2004, 11:55 AM
i wonder if they make strut arms that strong? also i'd be worried about ripping the struts off if you back into something or go over something. either way let us know.

08-24-2004, 12:13 PM
Good point. There is a couple spots I'd be worried about ripping something off like that. I had thought of that but they won't stick down too far, only a few inches I'd think... I don't know. The spring method is proven but it torques the gate unless you had two springs. The steep spots i must go over is one reason i don't want a dovetail.

08-24-2004, 01:42 PM
I've seen some trailers use a leaf spring mounted underneath for a gate assist. I have a picture of one somewhere.

08-24-2004, 02:37 PM
Yup, I saw that pic somewhere too.. thought of it, but I think the gas shock might stay tucked up just a little closer to the trailer and provide a smoother action. Something to think about i guess. Thanks for mentioning it, i'll keep it in mind.

08-25-2004, 03:20 AM
What kind of primer did you use? What did they charge you to sand blast your trailer?

08-25-2004, 09:06 AM
Red iron oxide primer, any brand will do. I used MRO Industrial from a local parts store, but not a national chain so i don't know where all you could get it. They only had one gallon and i needed more after using that one so i got Rust Oleum "rusty metal primer" at Lowe's and it's the same thing basically.

The guy charged $75 to blast the trailer and he did the wheels and spare wheel (wheels were on the trailer of course).

I got a gas shock and brought it home, but realized that there is no good way to mount it because of the way the frame is made on the trailer, it would have to stick way too close to the ground. So i'm using two top mounted springs on the rear gate and nothing on the side gate. I ended up with lots of angle iron left over, so i'm making a side frame rail like on most trailers that will give a good platform to mount springs to, trimmer racks, etc. Also it will add some strength to the trailer (although not needed really). The sides will still be 16" high with solid Oak 1x8's mounted to it.