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Re: [Shop-talk] Trailer clean-up and paint

Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Trailer clean-up and paint
From: Eric Russell via Shop-talk <>
Date: Sun, 10 May 2020 15:56:19 -0400
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I'll add my success with the Permatex Rust Conversion (spray can & brush 
applied). In my experience, it seems to work best when applied to rust - 
no need to take it down to clean, bare metal, just degrease and knock 
off anything loose.

POR15 is another option but more expensive. And POR15 needs UV 
protection to retain its color. As I recall, you need to apply a thin 
'mist' coat of paint while the POR15 is still tacky.

Eric Russell
Mebane, NC

On 5/10/2020 1:34 PM, Ronnie Day via Shop-talk wrote:
> I'm cleaning up and rebuilding a locally built, wood decked utility 
> trailer. Typical angle iron/tube frame construction. The original 
> paint is worn, a lot, and there's considerable surface rust. I took it 
> to the quarter car wash and cleaned it up as best I could.
> I'm not inclined to have the whole thing media blasted so the plan is, 
> doing a section at a time, to use wire brushes and a detail sander to 
> remove as much of the loose paint as I can, and then hit that area 
> with rattle can primer/paint to "seal/convert" the rust I can't get 
> off, then move to the next section.
> Realizing there are products out there that supposedly work like 
> magic, what actually does a decent job? I'm looking for durability and 
> protection, not a car show finish.
> RD


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