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Weatherizing Open Trailer Wood Floors

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by rmdm94, Apr 30, 2010.

  1. rmdm94

    rmdm94 LawnSite Member
    from 34240
    Posts: 27

    What do you guys use to weatherize open trailer Wood floors. I am changing the wood on my trailer and I am using pt lumber but what do I use to weatherize the wood? Do I stain it, paint it or just leave it?
  2. MileHigh

    MileHigh LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,466

    I think a few of the guys on here use diesel fuel.

    I just let mine get all nasty cause it;s cheap douglas fir.

    But I would coat something on it, if it's nice to keep it that way...my floor gets beat to all hell.
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,654

    I would get wood that's already made for the application.
  4. Lawn Pawn

    Lawn Pawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from zone 3
    Posts: 568

    As you said.....

    Start with good PT, Then I slather on linseed oil. Couple times a year to start, then just go by how it looks.
  5. Krafty

    Krafty LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from St. Louis MO
    Posts: 711

    Used diesel motor oil!! Put it on twice a year just roll it on with a old trashed roller, let it dry for about 24hrs and the best part is it is cheap!!
  6. bucket

    bucket LawnSite Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 16

    50/50 used motor oil and diesel fuel here.
  7. Imow4u2

    Imow4u2 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 377

    I use deck wash in the fall then after it dries for a week or so hit it with Thompson's. My poor trailer has to sit outside in the off season.
  8. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,253

    Mine has outdoor treated lumber, I thought all open trailers did? About once a year, you can brush on some thompsons sealer, and it should be good for a long time, but it is also important to apply it to the underside too, that is one messy job! There was a guy on here or another forum, cant remember, but he laid down some sort of sheet rubber on his trailer, and said it protected the wood and was a better surface than the wood, Also some guys around here lay indoor/outdoor carpet on their trailer floors, but I dont know why, this would cause bad mold between the carpet and the wood I would assume?
  9. jbell36

    jbell36 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from KANSAS
    Posts: 1,258

    i've always wanted to put line-x on my trailer, but at the same time our wood is still in very good shape and it's ten years old, so not in a big hurry...has anyone else done this?
  10. jason9696

    jason9696 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 81

    I pressure washed the deck of my trailer, then a few days later used some clearance Thompsons deck stain. It came out pretty good, and I can see the water beading up when it rains.

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