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Hey, I Put Some New Shoes On...

Posted 04-26-2012 at 05:12 PM by aluminitus

And Everybody's Smiling!

So maybe they aren't on just yet, but at least they are a new color.

The chassis came back from the welder (for the second time) after having the new axle and step installed. Mr. Aluminum finished sandblasting the frame and wheels while I polished some more and prepped the frame for spraying POR-15. That last sentence took 10 hours. We both looked like squalid hobos by the end of the day, but nothing a shower and a good scrub couldn't fix.

Remember this?

Just look at it now!

What looked like this a week ago...

got sandblasted, then POR-15-ed...

then painted with auto paint!

I used a spray gun and it turned out beautifully. I would NOT recommend doing any chassis/wheel painting with a brush. The spray gun goes so much faster and gives a great result.

For reference, 1 quart of POR-15 was enough to do the whole chassis of a 24 foot trailer plus wheels with a spray gun if you are not wasteful. There was just a little bit left over and it probably could have handled a 25 footer before running out. The quart of auto paint is MORE than enough to paint all of the visible parts and ran us $105 for the quart of paint, the hardener and the catalyst from Napa Auto (this was with the discount that they gave us even though we didn't have their club card...people are so nice around here).

Tomorrow we get the new tires on with portawalls installed, then the bumper and tongue will get auto paint. We are going with Carlisle 10 ply trailer tires, which are pretty beefy and will hopefully get us through many back road adventures.

Short on Money (and) Long on Time...

The anthem of every vintage trailer restorer.
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