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How to proctect trailer floor

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by kswaney, Dec 27, 2008.


    NEW CITY LAWN CARE LLC LawnSite Bronze Member
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  2. CrystalCreek

    CrystalCreek LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Na. I spray them on a Friday, at the end of the work day. Then they will sit all weekend and on Monday morning the wood will have absorbed all the fuel oils. It gets a little slippery when wet, but not to bad. It is no worse that Tompsons when I comes to slipperness. Just a whole lot cheaper.
  3. mason dude

    mason dude LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    Hey Crystal creek is that an open or enclosed trailer?
    I like the idea and agree that the cheap oily diesel fuel would keep water out of the wood, I'm just wondering if fumes would be a problem in an enclosed type trailer after being aired out for a few days of course ?? my gut says it would smell and be a fire hazard, but I dunno
  4. newtostone

    newtostone LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 681

    On my enclosed trailer about every year I wash it out and repaint it with commercial floor paint, its for garage floors and such. and put like a sand/gri product in it. So far so good on a 3 year old trailer just the normal digs where we have dropped stuff.
  5. Toy2

    Toy2 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,924

    Used motor oil, Thompson did not work the first time I soak it with oil every 6 months..
  6. Donald A

    Donald A LawnSite Member
    Messages: 107

    A little off topic, but, any thoughts on replacing the wood planks with a composite material like trex or something similar.
  7. CrystalCreek

    CrystalCreek LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,754

    I am going to answer a few post here.

    Composite wood is a big no no. It is not as strong as regular wood. It will bow and may even break under the weight of our mowers. Remember they are very heavy. Also, those composite planks are twice the weight and twice the price. It seems like a good idea, and maybe as the technology improves with time it may be feasible.

    Now to fumes and fires:laugh:

    The fumes of diesel make me horny, but I dont think the build up will be very bad in an enclosed trailer. I do spray the underside of my enclosed trailers and they are towed by oil burners. The fumes and smells of the lawn equipment and grass residual is much stronger then the diesel fumes. Now to the fire idea. I understand where this thinking comes from. But unlike Gasoline, Diesel needs compression to burn from regular ignition. Here is a little science experiment. Take a cup of diesel and add one lit match. The diesel will extinguish the match. I have seen it first hand. Gasoline will also do this, but it is the vapors that Explode. A match can be extinguished in Gasoline under a vacuum with the absents of air. I do not see any reason that applying diesel to the inside of an enclosed will not work. Just open the vents for a few days.

    I am making a disclaimer. If anyone blows up their shop or house trying to put matches out with fuel, I am not responsible. As they say on mythbusters, "never try this at home....EVER":laugh::laugh:

    Hope this helps fellas.
  8. mason dude

    mason dude LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    well said, Thanks for explaining, I think I 'll try a spot or 2 and let it air out then close it up and check it in a few days, if its cool i'll proceed with the whole floor
  9. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,457

    I had Line-X put down on the floor, walls (1' up) and the ramp of my enclosed trailer, INHO it was some of the best money I've ever spent.
  10. DLAWNS

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,780

    If you don't mind me asking, how much did that run ya? Am I correct that Line-X is similar to Rhino Lining?

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