Dumper trailer....makeover

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by tthomass, Feb 20, 2007.

  1. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
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    Anybody painted or in other way dressed up or modified their dump trailer?

    I've got a 2001 Down Easter deck over 10,000GVW trailer. Tomorrow we will be priming or stripping or something......and painting a different color. Then lettering is going to be ordered and applied. We've got work but we're slow.....makes since haha. Bank is tieing up one job, custom stone on order for another, snow/ice stopping another.............please winter, just go away and give me 70-80 degree sunny weather without humidity.

    And good bye to the ugly stickers all over it from the manufacturer.
     
  2. Gravel Rat

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    If you can find somebody to blast it with peanut shells or plastic media or even if you have somebody that does water jetting take it down to white metal. Get a good etching primer sprayed on it that stuff really bites into white metal and seals it. Then find somebody to spray it with Endura paint the paint is tough its used to paint boats to trucks. It comes in any color you want even hot pink :laugh:
     
  3. treeman06

    treeman06 LawnSite Member
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    just fininshed repainting our dump trailer and building new sides. 14,000 gvw

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  4. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
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    What it is is I've got about 3 gallons of left over paint from my SNG system. I'm debating sand blasting the trailer or just hitting it with a good primer. Existing paint is black, faded but not chipping.
     
  5. Gravel Rat

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    If you want the best job have the trailer sandblasted then use a good primer then use the paint you have. If you plan on keeping the trailer for a few years sandblasting is the way to go. It will be more expensive but the paint on the trailer will last for years.

    When a new trailer is built if the steel was wheelabbraded (bead blasted) and primered before it was built then you could sand it and reprimer it. I doubt the steel was bead blasted so it still has the millscale on the steel under the paint. If you leave the original paint on the trailer and go over top of it the new paint isn't going to last because the millscale on the steel finally pops off and takes the paint with it. Sandblasting removes most of the millscale or not all of it if you use sand. Water Jetting (super high pressure washing) will remove all the old paint down to bare metal. If your not carefull the water can cut the steel.
     
  6. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
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    I'm trying to keep investment to a minimum on this "keep busy" project. I think I'll break out my pressure washer on it tomorrow and blast it good, prime and paint. The trailer is 6 years old and not chipping, just fading. The paint is a little milky looking after you wash........like it needed waxing 5 yrs ago.

    Today we washed and waxed the Chevy up all nice........now its raining.
     
  7. Gravel Rat

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    There is a sandblasting attachment you can use on a presure washer but you need a minimum 3000psi washer. Some rental shops have the attachment for rent.

    Make sure you use a good degreasing cleaner something that will cut the crap off. Prolly the cheapest stuff would be TSP.
     
  8. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
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    All we did to the trailer today was wash with carwash soap to get hte dirt/dust off and fine the trailer haha.

    My pressure washer is 3,000 psi. Sandblaster at the rental place is powered by a tow behind compressor. The only other one is a cute one you put on a hose nozzle and spray.
     
  9. Gravel Rat

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    The next step would be getting lots of rags and paint thinner and start washing down the trailer to get the rest of the residue off. The other option is use brake clean its less flammable :laugh:
     
  10. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
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    I'm blasting it but have to wait until next week.........sure is clean for now though.....all decals and residue is gone.
     

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