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Staining dump truck side boards

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by joee0914, Mar 9, 2014.

  1. joee0914

    joee0914 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 126

    I'm looking at staining the side boards of my dump truck today. I was thinking of doing a medium brown color but I'm not sure how they'll look. Does anyone have any pics they can post up of theirs?... Also I'm not a fan of painting them which is why I'm thinking about going the staining route. I'll try and get a pic up of what they currently look like but any pics you guys might have would really help. Thanks
  2. BckYrdLmbrJk

    BckYrdLmbrJk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 240

    Don't have pics of the side boards on my dump trailer (I also have side boards on my mowing trailer, and had them on my last truck). All were stained with black deck stain. I can't remember exactly what I used but I got something heavy duty so I could avoid spending another $50 for clear coat to put over it.

    I'd recommend going lighter than you think you'll want it. I know what you mean about liking the wood look. I was going to do that for mine but figured it wouldn't stay nice looking for very long so I went black. Also I plan on stenciling "Lawn and Landscape" or "Mulch - Topsoil - Stone" and my phone number on the side boards of the dump trailer for advertising. Was also thinking of putting "You Can't Beat Our Wood!" and my phone number for the firewood side of my business but can't decide if that would be unprofessional/anyone would be offended lol.

    I think a medium brown might come out darker than you think though. I'd keep it super light (or just a clear coat to protect the wood) or black stain. That's just my preference though. Be sure to post pics if you can!
  3. joee0914

    joee0914 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 126

    Well I got the sides all done and figured I would post the picture in case anyone searches for something similar to this.

    In my opinion they came out great. I used two coats of minwax polyshades and let it dry 6hrs betweens coats. What do you guys think?

  4. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,104

    Looks good to me.

    I added plywood sides to my 5x8 trailer and used leftover deck sealer on it. Turned out nice.
  5. DuallyVette

    DuallyVette LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,842

    I would have gone with a grey stain...especially with a black truck
  6. BckYrdLmbrJk

    BckYrdLmbrJk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 240

    Looks great! I like the way it looks with the black Chevy. Also dig your company name and logo. Very nice!

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