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post #41 of 53 Old 04-13-2012, 10:58 PM
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Angle grinder with a wire brush to remove the paint. Go to tractor supply and get some tractor enamel. It dries thick enough you can roll it on. I thought the guy who told me to roll it on was crazy but it looks great!
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post #42 of 53 Old 04-14-2012, 09:39 PM
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Sorry folks, there was no paint can left in the shop. I asked hubby, he said he thought it was fire engine red? Anyways, it was rustoleum. Yes, he primed it first, as he bondo-ed a few rust spots. He said with the sprayer, it was handy to have a fine haired paint brush for runs.
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post #43 of 53 Old 04-24-2012, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Well, it is a moot point. Dropped the trailer off last Monday. Going to put LineX on the inside walls, and doors, from hip down, and under the bridle racks, and behind saddle racks. Thought about white? But said that turned slightly, so just going with black.

LED lights, and LineX up fender wells, and across front of trailer where spare is.

Looked at decal packages from Sundowner. Logo of mine is blues/grays/white/black, they only use the red/orange now. And the Swoosh is different slightly, but have 7 color combos to choose from, so don't know whether to go with original color, or something different.

I did look to see about other trailers, after you guys brought up the cost of redoing mine, but I could not find anything I liked, for under 10,000, and most of them were couple thousand higher.

Quite a few of the ones under 10 were needing work, or were heavier than I wanted to pull, or just flat didn't strike my fancy. Of course, of the one or two that I did like? Well, 1/2 the country away, so in the end, went with what I know, and what I have.

Also, I did find quite a few 98-08 Sundowners, aluminum, which were in the period of time that there were problems with the coating/steel? And definitely shyed away from those.

So, will put pictures up when it is done. I'm also ordering new door stops, handle covers, and getting new carpet laid down too.

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post #44 of 53 Old 04-24-2012, 08:37 PM
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You will pretty much have new "reconditioned" trailer. I would love to see pictures when it's done
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post #45 of 53 Old 05-01-2012, 09:09 AM
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So glad this thread was posted! I'm also getting ready to paint my trailer, and just got an estimate last night. I don't even know if my trailer is valued at what the paint job would cost!

So , after reading this thread to my husband, we will be painting it ourselves, unless the auto shop at the high school can do it for cost. Hubby works for a school system, so he's inquiring about it today. If they can't, well, I'll post my before and after pictures. Maybe a few "inbetween", as I'm sure it's going to be interesting (code for me somehow being covered in whatever is being used during our project).

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post #46 of 53 Old 05-03-2012, 03:22 PM
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I have a 94 Turnbow stock slant combo with dressing room (GN). I love this trailer and yes it's steel.

So it has some superficial rust and I've been meaning to tend to that for two years. But de-rusting it, via sandblasting, that part sounds hard. In other words, the "body work". Can an average joe do that?

My husband already has a sprayer and is REAL handy. We could paint it, no problem - but I worry about the "sandblasting" and "bodywork" to remove rust. How hard is that?

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post #47 of 53 Old 05-04-2012, 08:19 AM
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Well do you have a sandblaster? If not you are probably going to be using sandpaper to sand it down. Yes, the average joe can do it. Might not look as perfect as an actual sandblasting job and takes quite a bit of elbow grease, but it can be done. I'll be doing mine probably this weekend. 400 automotive sandpaper - get the wet/dry stuff and use it wet (a mister on the end of a hose works well) for a smoother finish.

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post #48 of 53 Old 05-04-2012, 10:41 AM
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Sandblasting is just the fastest and easiest way to do it for us lazy people. A lot of elbow grease works also.
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post #49 of 53 Old 05-04-2012, 11:10 AM
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Thanks, gang. So here is what we'd do:

Wash thoroughly
Sandblast the rusty spots
Prime the rusty spots that we just sandblasted (is that what "bodywork" means?)
Then paint!!! (we have the sprayer)

Sound about right? My husband would love the excuse to get a sandblaster.

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post #50 of 53 Old 05-04-2012, 11:57 AM
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That's about right. If you have rust that's gone all the way through you should patch it up. This can be done by welding a patch over it or the more correct way is cut out the bad spots and weld in new.

Now your hubby has an excuse to buy a plasma cutter and MIG welder if he doesn't have them already!
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