Fixing up a tralier....QUESTION...

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Toastpuppy, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. Toastpuppy

    Toastpuppy LawnSite Member
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    Got a killer deal on an enclosed trailer. 18' with ramp and side door.
    I pulled the wood off the walls and rewelded the ribs to just make it a little more sturdier. Put new wood inside...3/4" on the floors..made it nice. The trailer is about 8yrs old and is a "kit" trailer. Paid less than $1500 for it.

    The question is this...
    It's aluminum (obviously) and it's painted an ugly faded blue...I want to repaint it either black, or a green-ish color...maybe white???
    Id like to do it myself, but have never done anything like this...
    Should I just keep it blue...maybe buff it out and try to make it look as good as I can the way it is and touch it up and stuff...
    or
    if I repaint it, whats the best way to go about it for the "do-it-yourselfer"?
    Would i HAVE TO get a sprayer, or do they make a brush-on paint that I could use...or would it turn out like crap if I went that route?

    Just trying to get some input...I'd like to just do this once...if you know what I mean :dizzy:

    Thanks
     
  2. jason9696

    jason9696 LawnSite Member
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    If you used a brush it would look like crap. If you are not happy with the color and don't want to buff it out, the best route would be to sand down the surface, fix any body damage, prime and paint it with a gun. You can buy cheap paint guns that would get you by for this job for $50-75.
     
  3. Toastpuppy

    Toastpuppy LawnSite Member
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    Yeah, I figured it would look like crap if I brushed it. I didn't realize you could get a paint gun for that cheap...you talking about getting the one of the guns from walmart or home depot?
     
  4. jason9696

    jason9696 LawnSite Member
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    Yeh, that will work fine for what you want to do with it. You can also find them on Ebay pretty dirt cheap I would imagine.
     
  5. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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    don't sell short the hand painting. I've seen paint on boats that were hand painted with excellent results. If you get a spray gun, take it out in a field somewhere to paint it...you will have paint all over the place. Plus with the spray guns you will need to thin the paint. to thick, it'll clog the gun, too thin it will run... you need to make sure all your air lines are super clean with oil residue from self oilers or you paint will get fisheyes.

    When It came time to paint my open trailer I went to a body shop and told them what i wanted and when they asked what color....I said whatever you have mixed up at the time...$50 bucks later and a few hours it was done. Color ened up being red

    You coudl always get a short nap roller and pick up some exterior siding paint. I'll take some pics of my neighbor house that was hand painted with brushes over aluminum siding You' never know it, even up close....or better yet talk to a siding guy who paints aluminum siding...they usually paint "bland" colors find one thats painting a white house one day drop the trailer off in the morning and pick it up in the afternoon.
     
  6. ChadsLawn

    ChadsLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Toastpuppy.. keep an eye out for another deal like that, but make it a 14' er..Im looking for 1 also.. Im over here near Tampa.. Chadslawn@hotmail.com
     
  7. Toastpuppy

    Toastpuppy LawnSite Member
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    I will try. I found this one on ebay, and they happened to live right down the road from me...luck I guess?!?
    Im having a little trouble with this one b/c it's a kit trailer and labeled as a homemade trailer and the people that had it before me never put a tag on it...they just took a tag off of another trailer and stuck it on there when they used it. So now, im getting a little bit of a run around with the tag agency.
    I should know in the next day or two what I have to do. I'm sure it wont be cheap!
     
  8. jason9696

    jason9696 LawnSite Member
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    Were those boats wooden or fiberglass?
     
  9. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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    my dads boat was fiberglass..... had the hull painted above the water line navy blue. It was beautiful
     
  10. jason9696

    jason9696 LawnSite Member
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    That's pretty cool
     

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