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Old September 21st, 2006, 11:04 AM
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Rust! again....

Lame question I know, but you guys really seem to know your stuff about rust prevention. Anyway, I got a new tow rig this week and had to change some wireing on the trailer. I climbed under the trailer for the first time in a long time and was amazed at the amount of rust. More than just surface, but not much more. Lets say rough surface. But the entire bottom looked like that. I think that maybe the company I bought the trailer from never painted under there. The trailer is only about 18 months old in SoCal, so there is no reason to have this much rust.

So here is the question: I need something that does not require prep (lazy). I need something that is sprayable (lazy). And I need something that is fairly cheap (cheap bastard). Can you guys recommend something for me? I have heard a lot about Por-15 but never used it. I have also seen this stuff that was zinc or something that chemically bonded to the rust? Thanks for the help. Dave
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Old September 21st, 2006, 12:04 PM
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Old September 21st, 2006, 12:53 PM
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As came recommended on this board, I bought some Ospho at Ace Hardware. It's amazing stuff. Just do a light prep scraping/brushing of any rust particles and then just apply Ospho with a paint brush . Starts immediately and turns rust to a black solid. Bad areas might require a second coat, but it stops rust in it's tracks and takes paint well too.

It is a 2 on a scale of 1-10 on difficulty and it isn't expensive either

They do have similar products in an aerosal spray if that works better for you but I have only seen Ospho in a liquid form
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Old September 21st, 2006, 05:02 PM
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i think you can spray ospho(but damn thats just lazy) probably just use a spray bottle
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Old September 21st, 2006, 05:35 PM
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There was a whole article with recommended products on rust in a recent Four Wheeler magazine--I will see if I still have it at home and if I do I will scan it and e-mail it to you.

I found the article:

http://www.fourwheeler.com/techartic...cks/index.html
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If you want to go to the effort, though I know you said you didnt, I just refinished a chassis for the bentley that had been sitting outside uncovered for YEARS. started with a wire brush on a grinder, then Marine clean, metal ready, por-15 and chassis black. While it was a good amount of work, I was really surprised at how well it turned out. Granted, for the underside of a trailer it's overkill . . .
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you could try some duraliner which is basically a cheaper form on rhinoline
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Concrete cleaner has phosporic acid like a metal prep in it. They sell it at ACE. That acid will kill rust and turn it black. Then some satin black Vespar paint at Tractor Supply put on with a brush would do it, in my opinion. Its just a trailer. Plus it is common practice not to paint underneath a trailer. Even on the more expensive ones unfortunatly.

Maybe Hillary Duff will drop by and help.
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Old September 22nd, 2006, 09:54 AM
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Concrete cleaner has phosporic acid like a metal prep in it. They sell it at ACE. That acid will kill rust and turn it black. Then some satin black Vespar paint at Tractor Supply put on with a brush would do it, in my opinion. Its just a trailer. Plus it is common practice not to paint underneath a trailer. Even on the more expensive ones unfortunatly.

Maybe Hillary Duff will drop by and help.
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Thanks Pandy!

Thanks everybody, any more suggestions are welcome.
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friend of mine who has a farm used to always coat the underside of his trailers with used engine oil, apart from all the muck and dirt pick up, which washed off real easy with a pressure washer the steel was immaculate
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