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Can you paint a aluminum enclosed trailer?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by lawnpro2210, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. lawnpro2210

    lawnpro2210 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 240

    So my 1997 red ford f150 passed away this winter and am in need of a new truck.So i have found a 2001 dodge dakota that a buddy of mine has for sale and looks to be a good truck.Only thing is it is yellow and my enclosed trailer is red and dont think the two will go to geather that well.I dont mind taking the extra time and small amount of money to paint it black to some what match the truck.(Im a freak about how people view my bussines :dizzy:) But my only concern is that i dont want to paint it black only to have the paint start coming off later showing the trailers original color(Red).Therefore i am curious to know if anyone has painted there aluminum trailer and how it has turned out, and if this is a good idea or not?
    Thanks a ton Mike
  2. sweetz

    sweetz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,597

    Why not paint the truck red?
  3. rflawnman

    rflawnman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 100

    painting aluminum is no different then painting steel or any metal so yes you can paint it.
  4. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,112

    You could put a yellow stripe down the side of the trailer as I did with mine to kinda pull them together. For me that combo would be fine since my colors are red and yellow...lol
  5. igotdiesel2

    igotdiesel2 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 135

    I painted my enclosed trailer about 6 years ago. It still looks good. I used auto paint from Napa. The trailer was faded out red and I painted it silver/gray to match my truck. -Jason

  6. tonyrachealmuroso

    tonyrachealmuroso LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    Hi there
    I had painted few aluminium material, porcelein (china). Prepared surface proper manner, dust off and wiped with thinner (as for car paint). In between coat sanded down with wet n dry sand paper 240 grid. Apply " Etch primer " (be sure wear mask) and spray on. Diluted with thinner as need it.

    Tony Muroso
    Auckland, New Zealand

  7. lawnpro2210

    lawnpro2210 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 240

    hey thanks alot for the input. igotdiesel2 your trailer and rig look great really like it.Thanks Mike

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