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    Is Painting a Galvanized trailer bad?

    I have a single place galvanized trailer and am thinking of painting it with a rustoleum black. Is this a bad idea or will it not hurt anything?
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyguytki View Post
    I have a single place galvanized trailer and am thinking of painting it with a rustoleum black. Is this a bad idea or will it not hurt anything?
    david
    I don't think it will hurt anything. The main issue may be getting the paint to stick. It may end up peeling later. Give it a try and let us know.

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    just use primer before the paint and it will last.

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    Thats what i did, used a gray metal rustoleum primer followed up by a gloss black rustoleum, sprayed it all with an air gun total cost was probably close to $100 with building a full paint booth. By no means is it perfect considering its my first time spraying but i think it turned out very nice. Now if only i could figure out how to get pictures to post hmmmmm.......




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    flyguy, how long ago did you paint your trailer? I always thought that you really couldn't paint galvanized steel because the paint would peel off but what do I know?

    Anyone else got any information on painting galvanized steel??

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    Quote Originally Posted by dannyual777 View Post
    flyguy, how long ago did you paint your trailer? I always thought that you really couldn't paint galvanized steel because the paint would peel off but what do I know?

    Anyone else got any information on painting galvanized steel??

    you can "kill" the galvanize by using vinegar and a wire brush... which makes primers/paints adhere

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    even galvanized that has been in the elements is easy to paint because it looses the surface oils

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    Quote Originally Posted by mongorunner View Post
    you can "kill" the galvanize by using vinegar and a wire brush... which makes primers/paints adhere
    I'm a little concerned that the wire brush may remove the galvanized coating. I need my trailer to be rust resistant since I'm a saltwater boater. I just don't like the way galvanized trailers look.

    posted by ZMANN,
    even galvanized that has been in the elements is easy to paint because it looses the surface oils
    Alright, it sounds like "used" galvanized is okay to paint. My next question is this: As long as I don't remove the galvanized coating, it should be just as rust resistant as it ever was, right?

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    what about powdercoating.. think that would adhere better? lol

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    so can you powdercoat a galvanized trailer?

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