Question about sanding & painting trailer

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by ATL Lawn, Mar 21, 2007.

  1. ATL Lawn

    ATL Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    I got a new truck this year, red, so i want to repaint my open trailer to match (just regular red)

    i wanted to know, exactly what kind of sand paper, (or drill attachment, or bit ect, air tool saner) to use to sand off the current paint, and then repait it with.

    Thanks so much (links to the items needed would be appreciated)

  2. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,396

    go to tractor supply and buy a syphon sand blaster and some sand...the sand blaster is a tube the goes into a buckest of sand and draws the sand up and shoots it out...pretty simple and only costs $25 plus the cost of the sand, we just sand blasted down a haybine...its works decent for removing flaky paint and most grease and grime. Then go to the paint aisle and find yourself some farmall/ih or ford red pain and have at it...i think brush painting looks fine but if you want to spray it on just make sure you get a quality paint sprayer.
  3. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,396

  4. ATL Lawn

    ATL Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
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  5. 4curbappeal

    4curbappeal LawnSite Senior Member
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    I just used an angle grinder with 3m sand blaster pads. It took me about an hour. I then cleaned, primed and painted. Looks pretty darn good and I didn't have to dick around w/ sand!!! Hope this helps!

    SILVERSTREAK INC LawnSite Senior Member
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    yeah id use a big scrubbin bubble one of those big wire wheel cups attached to the 4 or 6 inch angle grinder, super fast, then a wipedown with lacquer thinner and then paint

    done quite a few trailers before and it works nice, the deck on one of mine is steel, so when i repainted the deck i used black with a roller, laid it super thick (enamel paint) and then used black beauty sand (black sand) and sprinkled it on the deck, brushed it over with an old broom

    looks awesome and i have a no slip surface that hasnt worn off now in about 7 years
  7. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,396

    the only problem with wire brush and grinder is that its tough to get into the corners where moisture really likes to congregate. wire brush is my personal choice when we paint our farm equipment because it seems faster and hurts less then sandblasting, but if you have a lot of small areas and corners where a wire brush just won't work its the only way to go.
  8. DodgeRam1985

    DodgeRam1985 LawnSite Member
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    I would go with sandblasting, definitely the easiest and quickest IMO. It just does a great job at getting all the areas that aren't easily reached and takes a lot of back breaking labor out of it and just goes a lit quicker. Done right it can also have a very smooth texture.
  9. mulchmaster

    mulchmaster LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Posts: 212

    I just did mine last week. I bought an air sander at TS and some discs. I went over the whole trailer and took off the loose paint and rust. Then I primed it with rustolium (sp) primer and painted it with rustolium semi gloss. Looks pretty good, I think. I also bought some expanded metal to go around the side rails of the trailer, it will help with mulch falling off.
  10. Missel

    Missel LawnSite Member
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    Don't try sanding it by hand. Contact a local reputable sandblasting company. You won't be able to reach all the important spots on the trailer by hand. If you miss these spots you will only have to re-do the trailer in a year or so. Make sure the guys blast right down to bare metal and have them use a good epoxy paint with a urethane top coat. You can get away with just epoxy but the paint will fade and become chalky after some time. Your trailer will look more professional this way.

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