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Old 03-27-2017, 03:52 PM   #1
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Rust on our pretty Escape!

As I was cleaning our trailer, I spotted some places where the paint had chipped and is now rusted. We can't have rust! We just picked it up in January!

My questions:
What type of spray paint should I buy? Rustoleum Glossy Black paint?
Should I prep first?




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Old 03-27-2017, 04:09 PM   #2
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No spray paint, or soon you'll have the whole trailer painted black.
I have a small can ( half pint ) container of Tremclad semi-gloss and some disposable brushes. A little dab will do you.
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I share your pain, but it doesn't stay shiny new forever. Sad to say but the paint on the frame isn't the best and your rust spots are typical. At a minimum I wire brush the area first. I also wipe it with a solvent.

Spray can is fine but it's a thinner coat than if you brush it on. Gloss is good. I think I used a Satin once and it was OK also. Black on black is pretty forgiving and any black is better than rust.

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Looks like the brackets from an Equalizer which I had on my last trailer. If so the brackets move a little when under pressure from the bars causing the paint to keep chipping off, from the bolts if I remember correctly. I used Rustoleum but would be tempted to try something like POR-15, maybe just the topcoat, hoping it would dry harder then Rustoleum. This was something I had to do periodically.
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I first tried a matte black and it stood out like a sore thumb. Semi-gloss matched the best.
I looked up POR 15 and decided the prep work was a bigger problem for me than the rust.
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You need to kill the rust. Painting anything over the top, just covers it up. You can use something like Naval Jelly or perhaps Evapo-Rust Remover from Harbor Freight. There's others too.

Glenn mentioned POR-15. Yes, it's time consuming, yes, it's messy, yes, it's expensive. I use it, I like it, it's a one-and-done. Not a one-and-done-over-and-over.
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OK... so some solvent...semi-gloss to gloss...small can, rather than spray paint, and a disposable brush.

Got it!

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I get a set of 30 disposable brushes from Lee Valley Tools. Handy to have around.
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As I was cleaning our trailer, I spotted some places where the paint had chipped and is now rusted. We can't have rust! We just picked it up in January!
bummer..only three months!
wonder if others who uses a WDH have this issue.
with regard to your pic, does the threaded part of the bolt actually make contact with the frame? if so painting will not fix it for very long...perhaps something between the threaded portion of the bolt and the frame?..
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bummer..only three months!
wonder if others who uses a WDH have this issue.
with regard to your pic, does the threaded part of the bolt actually make contact with the frame? if so painting will not fix it for very long...perhaps something between the threaded portion of the bolt and the frame?..


Freespirit,

I was thinking the the scrapes were done during the install maybe, but in the photo, the bolt is indeed making contact with the frame.

Just to be clear, the E2 WDH works like a champ. This is just cosmetic and I have too much time on my hands.


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