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Post by MrGiggles » 20 Mar 2019, 13:00

The trailer for my Tracker is starting to look pretty bad. It is white and rust is starting to show through in places, nothing structural. I also need to do some work to the bunks.

Is water blasting a good option? The kit is not that expensive. My air compressor is not large enough to run a sand blaster.

Once it is prepped, I would like to spray it with black Rustoleum enamel.

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Post by lckstckn2smknbrls » 20 Mar 2019, 17:58

I've used a wire wheel on my 4.5" angle grinder followed by phosphoric acid or rust reformer then primer and top coat.
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Post by MrGiggles » 20 Mar 2019, 20:27

lckstckn2smknbrls wrote:I've used a wire wheel on my 4.5" angle grinder followed by phosphoric acid or rust reformer then primer and top coat.
I've done that before as well, just thought water blasting might be a little less miserable.

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Post by lckstckn2smknbrls » 21 Mar 2019, 07:10

Is water blasting the same as pressure washing?
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Post by MrGiggles » 21 Mar 2019, 08:37

lckstckn2smknbrls wrote:Is water blasting the same as pressure washing?
No. It's essentially the same as sand blasting, except that you use high pressure water instead of compressed air to carry the media.

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Post by LDUBS » 21 Mar 2019, 12:00

Im not an expert but to me if water blasting easily removes the rust and loose paint then why not use it. If you decide to go that way I would sure be interested in hearing how it worked.
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Post by lckstckn2smknbrls » 21 Mar 2019, 13:40

Is it that "Dustless Blasting" I see on the TV show My Classic Car? If so it looks interesting.
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Post by MrGiggles » 21 Mar 2019, 17:55

lckstckn2smknbrls wrote:Is it that "Dustless Blasting" I see on the TV show My Classic Car? If so it looks interesting.
Yep.

I ordered the attachment, but it will be a few days before it gets here.

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Post by dwjones16 » 22 Mar 2019, 09:06

MrGiggles wrote:
lckstckn2smknbrls wrote:Is it that "Dustless Blasting" I see on the TV show My Classic Car? If so it looks interesting.
Yep.

I ordered the attachment, but it will be a few days before it gets here.
i had this done to my trailer, pretty involved, took down to bare metal...very happy with final product...not familiar with a DIY version...will follow your process


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Post by lckstckn2smknbrls » 22 Mar 2019, 09:32

What is the DIY kit you bought?
Please post pictures.
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Post by MrGiggles » 22 Mar 2019, 13:14

lckstckn2smknbrls wrote:What is the DIY kit you bought?
Please post pictures.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/High-Pressure- ... 2749.l2649

I'm going to pick up some different types of media, since it seems that some feed better than others.

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Post by lckstckn2smknbrls » 22 Mar 2019, 17:49

I see it attaches to a pressure washer.
Let us know how well it works.
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Post by LDUBS » 22 Mar 2019, 23:33

If you are interested, Eastwood's website has a couple of videos showing of one of these pressure washer/media blasters working. Pretty neat.

I also hope to hear how it works out on the trailer. I guess the pressure is on now. (groan)
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Post by 1960 yellowboat » 25 Apr 2019, 13:50

i just used an orbital sander and then painted it with aluminum paint. worked out fine.
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Post by enwez » 10 May 2019, 13:12

1960 yellowboat wrote:i just used an orbital sander and then painted it with aluminum paint. worked out fine.
Looks real nice! My new to me boat/trailer could use a little tlc. The trailer has some surface rust spots. I like how yours came out.

When you say "aluminum paint" do you mean paint that is (for lack of better term) "infused with aluminum"? Or do you mean paint that is meant for aluminum? Did you find it harder to work with than your basic epoxy or latex paint?

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