Crazy painting option???? Apr 3, 2019 12:39:02 GMT -8
Post by selva on Apr 3, 2019 12:39:02 GMT -8
I'm wanting to repaint my trailer. The previous owner painted it very colorfully with Rustoleum spray paint cans like this: www.acehardware.com/departments/paint-and-supplies/spray-paint/hobby/1427137
The current paint is pretty old and faded, but not peeling or anything like that. I've never painted anything before, and I'm doing this on a super budget. My trailer isn't worth very much and I'm not trying to do a pro job, just something that looks nicer than what I've got now. I'm not trying to sell the trailer, it is for my own use. I have a friend with a spray gun who will help me paint if I just prep everything and buy the materials. I've done a lot of research and talked to a lot of people and wanted to check out my plans with all you wonderful experts out there.
I'm also facing a misguided repair on the trailer. When I got the trailer, the front seams of the skin needed repair. The man (I thought knew what he was doing) just nailed them back to the frame and put silver waterproofing tape on the outside, as a temporary thing. He later put galvanized aluminum over than with foam gap filler and caulking to seal it. It looks terrible but it seems to work. One of the main reasons I want to update the paint job.
Since I need to prep this metal to accept paint, and I want to avoid sanding the whole trailer, one friend said that I could spray easy-off oven cleaner on the trailer, leave in for 15 minutes or so, and then wash it off. That this would etch the aluminum giving a better surface for the new paint to stick and remove some of the old paint. Then I could just sand any little detail spots that need it. Doing a little online research, this is a thing some people do, but I saw it mostly in relation to horse trailers and boats and such. Anyone have any experience with this or any bring reason NOT to do it?
Then the question of what paint. After reading nccamper's wonderful tutorial, I thought it best to go with Ace Rust Stop, and they have it at my local shop. However, the employee told me they can't tint the oil-based enamel, but they can tint the water-based version (like this one www.acehardware.com/departments/paint-and-supplies/specialty-paints/rust-prevention/1414226). nccamper's post seems to indicate he could tint the oil-based (so maybe I just need to talk to a different employee). Or does anyone think the water-based could or could not be used? Do I have to prime first if I have etched the aluminum with oven cleaner?
The friend with the paint gun is a cabinet maker and he says I could just use the same lacquer he uses on wood cabinets and it can be tinted to any color. He seems to think it would work just fine on my trailer. My logic is skeptical but this guy knows a lot of things. Any thoughts on using that?
I really want paint that can be tinted, the standard tractor and safety colors are not my thing. My current plan is to keep the color scheme it came with, but make purple as the background color of the whole thing and make all the trim red (matching the curtains). Getting rid of the yellow. I haven't yet decided if I will make the door red or purple. I don't really want to stick with the standard colors and have the main color being a sand or almond color with red trim. That is a last resort option.
P1100690 by Selva Libre, on Flickr
P1100692 by Selva Libre, on Flickr