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Old 20 March 2015, 14:39   #1
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Plywood Paint???

Not entirely boating related but a trailer query nevertheless.
I am resurrecting my old box trailer and have bought a sheet of 15mm ply to replace the trailer floor.
I'm in the process of fixing up the hubs and re painting the metal work at present .
Can anyone recommend a good paint for painting the ply floor with???
It's going to be subjected to road spray from the underside.
I have a sheet of galvanised steel to go inside so the top side of the ply is protected from damage from soil debris etc that I'm going to be shifting around.
It's 3 ft x 5 ft.
Just looking for something to protect the ply from road spray and the elements.
Any suggestions welcome.
Cheers.
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Old 20 March 2015, 14:50   #2
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Not entirely boating related but a trailer query nevertheless.
I am resurrecting my old box trailer and have bought a sheet of 15mm ply to replace the trailer floor.
I'm in the process of fixing up the hubs and re painting the metal work at present .
Can anyone recommend a good paint for painting the ply floor with???
It's going to be subjected to road spray from the underside.
I have a sheet of galvanised steel to go inside so the top side of the ply is protected from damage from soil debris etc that I'm going to be shifting around.
It's 3 ft x 5 ft.
Just looking for something to protect the ply from road spray and the elements.
Any suggestions welcome.
Cheers.
If you want to push the boat out (pun intended) West Epoxy is the stuff to use.
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Old 20 March 2015, 14:54   #3
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A stain works into timber better than a paint ( sadolin )
Or if it's not seen old engine oil will do, it will pick up a little dust as it doesn't go off but who cares under there
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Old 20 March 2015, 15:09   #4
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Got 5 litre of dirty engine oil from my Tiguan oil change two days ago.
That could do the trick.
Will the oil soak in and stay in and not ooze back out with road spray etc?
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By the power of osmosis some oil will sink in and will not return if you aren't too liberal !!
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How about a deck coating? Over here we have some thick paints with some grit and such in them to cover decks. Poor mans undercoating?

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I'm thinking the 5 litre of dirty engine oil that I have sitting in my garage sounds like fate.
I may buy 1 litre of decking stain tho.....???
Will post an update in the next few weeks once I've got the old girl back on the road.
Cheers guys for your suggestions as I was leaning towards some sort of paint - which I now think is the wrong choice.
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The snag with paint is its hard so stones chip it. Stain will be better but will only penetrate a few mm at best. A car body underseal is a more rubbery coating which tends not to chip. So if I was spending money that's what I'd get. But I'd be tempted with the oil... Never setting may be useful for any dints...
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I just recently finished rebuiiding a small box trailer, I used pressure treated plywood. No need to stain it or paint it. Hopefully it will last a long time.
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