Cleaning and protecting dump insert

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by pj550v12, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. pj550v12

    pj550v12 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 302

    Or any steel bed for that matter. I'm having a new truck craft dump insert installed Thursday and was curious what you folks do to protect the dump from rust and rot. If anyone says buy aluminum, I gladly will if they donate the extra 2 grand. Seriously though, I dont imagine you can really apply any type of wax, the surface is suseptable to tons of heavy rubbing, dumping things like stones, so what do you do?
     
  2. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,096

    Fluid film should do it. You may be able to buy a paint on bedliner as well. Just keep the electrical connections coated with de-lectric grease.
     
  3. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Posts: 2,160

    you couldve asked me. I wouldve told you Fluid Film too.
     
  4. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,544

    Hard to prevent rust except for lots of paint and fluid film on areas where you don't mind being greasy.
     
  5. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Posts: 2,160

    im sure we could do a DIY bed liner from HD. we have a torch and a welder. pretty much got everything we need.
     
  6. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,806

    don't worry about it use the truck as it is intended prime paint as needed or once a year.
     
  7. Guzman Properties

    Guzman Properties LawnSite Senior Member
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    I purchased a used dump insert last year. I sanded the entire unit down and painted with POR 15 paint. I have used the dump for mulch, dirt, and stone, and it still looks great.
     
  8. SpruceLandscape

    SpruceLandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    from ohio
    Posts: 502

    I purchased a 2 year old dump insert last year, have had it now for the second season. Here is what I have learned.... lol

    If its steel, it WILL rust... no matter what...

    So... Fluid film ALL the bolts and hardware once a month, keeps em new and easy to remove. No problems at all. Also, fluid film all the underside creases and inside corners since chances they will never see soap and water. All hydraulic fittings, areas that rub (rubber bump stops, hinges, etc.) and they have all stayed in like new condition, even with this insert riding around in the winter salt water of Cleveland! As far as the bed surface goes... spent almost an entire weekend when I first got this thing grinding and sanding the inside and bed rails down, cleaning with surface prep, then painted with 4 coats of POR 15. Both the original (underneath) and the UV stable (on top of original) but it didn't matter. The only places that held up at were in a few select corners that don't see much material movement. By the 3rd mulch job after all that work almost the entire bed floor had been scraped back down to metal.

    Bottom line... once a year repair any bubbling paint areas and spray with a good quality enamel paint and call it a season right before winter.
     
  9. HOLLYWOOD6973

    HOLLYWOOD6973 LawnSite Member
    from PGH PA
    Posts: 76

    just use it. It will last a very long time
     
  10. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Posts: 3,065

    Dido! Mine is on its second season and it still looks ok but rusting in several places, as far as the actual bed, I use mine every day dumping grass, mulch, stones etc and we run bulk salt in the winter and its worn but not rotting through. Probably like every one said.....fluid film comes to mind. As long as it works and doesnt look like its going to fall apart who cares, its for work its gonna get dinged,scratched and rust thats the life of this type of equipment.
     

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