Should I Undercoat My Trailer?
Enclosed and utility trailers are practical vehicles that quickly become indispensable to their owners. Rather low tech , these tools require little maintenance to keep them going for many years. Some grease and good tires will go a long way. However, nothing will ensure their longevity and eventually, their resale value , more than a rust preventative coating to safeguard the underside and a protective coating to keep the floor in great condition.
The underside of the trailer is often missed by buyers during the purchasing process.
Unfortunately ,it also often receives very little attention from the manufacturers during the building process. The steel frame and axle(s) get a quick coat of paint and look good when new. Very few frames are properly primed and exposed to water, sand , gravel and salt, quickly show spots of rust developing. Both the metal parts and the exposed wood floor can be protected against the elements by applying a quality undercoating like Tekton 44 Undercoating to the underside of the trailer.
If done when trailer is new, very little prep work needs to be done.
When applied under a used trailer , proper cleaning before the application will ensure a long lasting result. Some trailers are only used occasionally and often stored on unpaved , grassy areas. This exposes the underside to the daily humidity build up from the evaporating dew. Even little used trailers in Southern states can greatly benefit from a treatment with Tekton 44 Undercoating.
Trailer Floor Coating
These days, most enclosed trailers are built with plywood floors. Some floors are treated wood or OSB, some are regular plywood. Nothing makes a bigger visual impact when opening the trailer doors than a nice and clean floor. TK64 Trailer Floor Paint in gray or black, is an easy to apply coating that will not only make the trailer look good but also protect the floor from dirt and stains.
Maintenance is easy. Properly applied, TK 64 is strong enough to be cleaned with a pressure washer or citrus based cleaner and a stiff bristle brush. For a new, clean trailer floor a quick sweep to remove any dust is all the prep work you need. If you are coating an older floor , follow the enclosed instructions to guarantee proper adhesion especially on oily spots.
TK64 does not require mixing, stirring, shaking or thinning.
Just roll out 2 thick coats and the floor is protected. TK64 is not a paint, it’s a coating, which is 10 - 20 times thicker than regular paint. It comes pre-mixed with silica to improve slip resistance.
Although trailers are very practical and easy to maintain, they are not getting any cheaper. A quick application with Tekton 44 Undercoating and Tekton 64 Trailer Floor Coating will protect your investment for years to come.