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The right paint for Dump Trailer

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by DPMVT, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. DPMVT

    DPMVT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I'm sure this question has been asked a million times before so sorry for the repost.

    I purchased a Dump Trailer thats in great shape except it definitley could use a paint job. Can anyone tell me the best route to go? I will have it all sanded down first of course. But what primmer and paint have you guys found to work the best? thanks for the help.
  2. cms289

    cms289 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 81

    I bet Imron would last very well, but it is not cheap and requires breathing stuff when you spray it, not really a do it your self job.

    ??? Wonder if you have anyone close that would powercoat it??? The hard part is an oven large enough. I have done a couple of car frames and they hold up Very well. We did an old Factory Five cobra kit, had the parts powercoated, the car has over 50k miles, and the frame looks great... But again, not too cheap...

    I have used a 2 part paint (epoxy I think) from the local auto paint house on trailers in the past and it did very well. Held up well, and was not much more then cheap laquer paint was.

    I would think if it was me, and we are only talking about the inside of the dump tailer, I would just use some rustolum rattle cans... easy touch up, cheap, quick.

    All that and still no real answer, sorry.. ;-)
  3. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,720

    Tractor Supply has a fairly good truck and trailer paint. I painted several trailers with it, and it looks good. It is an enamel type paint. I went to an auto paint supply store, told them what I was using for paint, and they set me up with some generic, inexpensive, primer that is made by PPG.
    It is not worth it to spend a lot of money painting a trailer. You know it will get all scratched up soon. The TSC paint is pretty tough and has held up well for over 3 years. I used gloss black, and after the second year it still looked good, but was fading to a flat black.
  4. streetscrapin16

    streetscrapin16 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 257

    If you get the Tractor Supply paint make sure you get hardener to because that paint takes forever to dry totally without hardener.
  5. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    I like the epoxy too. Only drawback is that it's not very UV resistant so what I've painted is starting to fade out some.

    I think what I'm going to do next time is use the epoxy and put a clear-coat over it to keep the shine on it.

    There is a couple of companies out there now who make epoxy with Kevlar added to it, and I'd like to test that out too.

    If you use enamel, I would try to find a heavy duty tractor enamel. That's my second choice in paints.
  6. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,720

    Tractor Supply also has tractor enamel if you prefer that.
  7. deere615

    deere615 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,676

    I have painted the inside and some outside of my dump trailer. I used a primer then the tractor supply black paint and I mixed in hardener. I still paint the floor each year Usually with rust oleum and I mix in hardener
  8. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 810

    I use rustoleum, not in the spray paint I buy it by the gallon and roll/brush it on. That stuff is pretty tough.
  9. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 6,118

    Slip coat.
  10. lyndont

    lyndont LawnSite Member
    Messages: 149

    Just painted my trailer with rustoleum but I used a gravity sprayer and compressor. Looks awesome but if your compressor is small like mine you will get tired of listening to it running the whole time your painting. My sprayed seemed to do the best at arount 50 psi. Took longer but looked a lot better.
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