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Old 04-12-2011, 09:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Methods of Painting Trailer?

Hey Guys,

I am giving my gooseneck a new lease on life. I have it all ready to prime and paint but I am stuck on painting methods.

The trailer is a 32ft Gooseneck Equipment trailer, with a steel deck. So there is a LOT of surface to cover.

I have used brush/roller (zzzzz) on trailers before, as well as automotive type sprayers (takes forever to lay down enough paint). I was trying to figure out how to speed up the process. Would a good quality house-type sprayer work? I know they put out a lot of paint, any comments/suggestions?

Edit: Maybe spray frame/underside/neck and roll deck?
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My buddy painted his gooseneck trailer with just an air sprayer. He doesn't have a steel deck though.

It did take a while though. He just bought a gallon of Rustoleum paint.
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paint gun and oil based rustoleum by the gallon thinned with acetone(only)

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We use Cat Black (made by Valspar I believe), oil based and they come out great. 80 to 90% of paint work is in the prep to be truthful. If you don't have it prepped right and clean and ready to work there's no sense in doing anything good with paint.

On a side note why only 1/2 the deck?
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couple of brushes and rollers + neighborhood kids that need money. I sprayed mine with an HVLP. Just put a primer needle in and let it dump paint. Still need to go back and touch it up where I didn't put enough down.
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case of beer...or two and some buddies....should knock that out in no time
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I sprayed mine in the back yard, Took about a hour and one gallon of rustoleum cut with tolulene.
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I'd avoid rolling on paint if at all possible. I'll see if we have some pics of how we paint them.
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We use Cat Black (made by Valspar I believe), oil based and they come out great. 80 to 90% of paint work is in the prep to be truthful. If you don't have it prepped right and clean and ready to work there's no sense in doing anything good with paint.

On a side note why only 1/2 the deck?
It is my back deck



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I painted my flat bed in my shop with an HLVP gun. I had to paint it indoors because it was still winter. I ended up making a "spray booth" out of plastic sheeting over a 2x4" studded frame. Worked really well but was a PITA to spray indoors.





I used this tractor paint with a hardener to get the final black. The finish stiil looks great.


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I painted my flat bed in my shop with an HLVP gun. I had to paint it indoors because it was still winter. I ended up making a "spray booth" out of plastic sheeting over a 2x4" studded frame. Worked really well but was a PITA to spray indoors.





I used this tractor paint with a hardener to get the final black. The finish stiil looks great.


Damn that looks good.. is that orange a primer ?? and how did you strip it before paint ?
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I ended up rolling the deck, and spraying the rest with a HVLP automotive gun. Took a gallon to do the deck, and a gallon and some change to do the rest of it. Took quite a while, but it looks great.

Sorry, no photos. No red star for me!
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Damn that looks good.. is that orange a primer ?? and how did you strip it before paint ?
Yep, the orange is a Valstar primer. I used a large, cupped wire wheel in my angle grinder. It worked pretty good, but I was beat by the time I was down to metal on the entire trailer.
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