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      Rust removal and trailer help

      I purchased a used duck boat this weekend and it came with a trailer. Not a boat trailer, but a flat bed with square tubing reinforcement. The guy who owned it is 75 and had more stories to tell than I had time, unfortunately.

      However, I really like the trailer. It was painted at one point but has rusted pretty good.

      I started going at it with one of those twisted wire cup attachments on my angle grinder. But it's a slow go.

      Is that the best tool for the job? I swung by Ace the other day and noticed a ton of different grinder attachments, so I'm wondering if there's something else that may be better to remove surface rust so I can apply a few coats of Rustoleum.

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      unless you get serious you’ll be right back where you started in no time

      I’d leave it.

      Or consider bedliner.

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      I'm enjoying the project so far. I actually ground the rust off a couple of the square tubing sections and applied a quick coat of paint to see what it looked like. Seems like it should hold up. Theoretically.

      I guess if it rusts out in a few years, oh well. Can't look worse than it does already.

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      I stripped everything off a trailer sandblasted it so that no rust was seen looked clean 2 coats of primer 3 coats of paint two years later rust started again. Next boat trailer was galvanized.

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      ^^^^ yep, classic scenario

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      Rust infuriates me. How does it keep coming back? I have an old rem adl .222 that basically spent its life in the pickup, tractor, or combine that gets that weird powdery surface rust. I clean and oil that damn thing a couple times a year even though i hardly shoot it and it just keeps coming back

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      Get the cheap siphon sandblaster (40-50 bucks)from Menards and some sand. As soon as it's blasted, blow off all the dust and paint it with a 2 part epoxy primer, then paint.

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      Rust infuriates me. How does it keep coming back? I have an old rem adl .222 that basically spent its life in the pickup, tractor, or combine that gets that weird powdery surface rust. I clean and oil that damn thing a couple times a year even though i hardly shoot it and it just keeps coming back
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      If you have a good air compressor, DA sander. Plan on doing my trailer soon. Going to use aerosol rubber for the front of trailer after priming.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Wags2.0 View Post
      Rust infuriates me. How does it keep coming back? I have an old rem adl .222 that basically spent its life in the pickup, tractor, or combine that gets that weird powdery surface rust. I clean and oil that damn thing a couple times a year even though i hardly shoot it and it just keeps coming back
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      I did the same to my old trailer three years ago. Already rusting, but better than it used to be.

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      I don't mind if the rust comes back a bit. This thing is literally all rust. Completely covered in surface rust. But it's structurally sound. So I figure if I can get it down to bare metal and paint, it should be OK for a bit. And if it starts to rust through I'll just keep coating with paint.

      I dunno. It's a $75 trailer. I'm not out much for an $8 can of Rustoleum every year or so.

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      Sandblasting is your friend IMO. You can hit corners and areas that you can’t get with the wire wheel. I deal with this type of stuff year in and year out. After that, quality coatings if primer/paint. Rattle canning things looks great for a minute. Otherwise, it’s too thin.

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      I like flap discs on the angle grinder. Good for rust removal and sharpening mower blades without removing too much material.

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      Quote Originally Posted by wildeyes View Post
      I stripped everything off a trailer sandblasted it so that no rust was seen looked clean 2 coats of primer 3 coats of paint two years later rust started again. Next boat trailer was galvanized.

      I have had a galvanized Karavan trailer under my Lund for the past 15 years. It looks like the day I bought it.

      Except for the black speckles of paint I got on it from running over a spray can, that shit won't come off without the galvanized surface coming with it.

      I already regret not getting a galvanized trailer for my pontoon.

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      SDMF is correct, I too like the thin flexible sanding discs slapped on an angle grinder with the rubber backing. They work well for covering large areas in a hurry on projects like this. Then i'd get a small sandblaster for the nooks and crannys that you can't reach with the sanding disc.

      Once you get primer on it, I would absolutely go the route of a spray bedliner or undercoating. You can get rattle cans of both at places like Menards.

      Note, I did that to the grille guard on my F250. It looked good for a couple years before rust again started showing through. It's now been 5 or 6 years and once again looks like crap.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Allen View Post
      SDMF is correct, I too like the thin flexible sanding discs slapped on an angle grinder with the rubber backing.
      Not those.

      These:

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      Pick the appropriate grit.

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      To do it right you will need to follow the SSPC-SP 5 White Metal Blast Cleaning or (NACE No. 1) standard. It is a specific standard used to prepare metal for a paint coating. Google it and look at pictures of what a properly prepared surface looks like. It will be a off white in color and have no stains anywhere. Then you will need to look at commercial coatings that will hold up and provide the protection you need.

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      Ah, I've never tried that variety. I can see where those are more of a finesse for painting purposes tho.

      This is the variety I use going after copious amounts of rust.

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      I swung by Harbor Freight (realize it's cheap tools but it was on my way back to work after dropping off parts). Sand blasting would cost a bit more, but I'm sure the end result is better.

      I'm not certain my little pancake compressor has enough oomph for the siphon blaster attachment they had ($25). A big bag of aluminum oxide was $45. Assuming I could get by with my compressors, that's not a terrible investment I suppose.

      I bought a 60 grit flap wheel for $4 and I'm going to see how well that does. Between that, the wire cup brush and a standard wheel wire brush, I think I can hit a majority of the tight corners.

      We shall see!

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      now that you’re serious - don’t forget to wear proper PPE

      should only set you back $100 or so

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