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Old 05-18-2015, 11:52 PM   #11
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Really upset

Went to pick up trailer from storage. Huge amounts of rust and several bolts were snapped in half and broken. Trailer is unsafe to even tow. Left it there. Everything is closed today so I'll have to call tomorrow. I had the undercoat done and paint protectant done. What the ****. I've only owned it for 9.5 months please tell me this is not normal and they will do something. Pretty ticked off atm

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Old 05-19-2015, 04:13 AM   #12
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That stuff is probably phosphoric acid, I have used it on car restoration and it apparently changes the rust chemically and it won't rust further, then you can paint it later. You can buy that acid in different forms I used a pump spray bottle.

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Old 05-19-2015, 05:13 AM   #13
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Shanmarski - What unit do you own? What year?
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Old 05-19-2015, 09:06 AM   #14
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The other problem I have is all the bolts have rusted to the point of corrosion. And 20 of them have actually snapped in half.
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Old 05-20-2015, 09:05 AM   #15
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I work on steel boats in the ocean, so I know a little about rust and it's prevention. You cannot just slap rust converter on it and go. You have to remove the rust. If it's just surface rust This can be done with a wire brush or a 4 inch grinder with a wire wheel attachment. If it's deeper and has a flaky appearance it has to come off. Two ways of doing it. Take a welders chipping hammer and beat it off. Cheap and labor intensive depending in the size. Great for small area or very spotty rust. The other method requires an air compressor capable of maintaining 90 -110 cfm @120psi. Pancakes won't do it. Hookup a needle gun, harbor freight sells them for about 40-50 bucks. I would go this route if entire frame needs it. Needle gun beats off the rust with almost no effort on your part other than laying on your back. THEN AND ONLY THEN apply your rust converter. I like a product called Ospho. Corroseal is another one that's good. Apply according to directions and wait 24 hours. Then prime at least 2 coats with Aklyd based primer with a paint brush. Top coat can be latex enamel of good quality designed for metal for ease of clean up and it will last. Better performance though would be an epoxy. However this stuff is expensive and requires mixing and has a short working time. All in all it's a pain to work with. But you will never do it again unless it's chipped off by rock etc. I will actually be doing this to my TT this fall after I'm finished for the season and before it gets too cold. Paint can be applied by brush or Roller and does not required spray equipment but it does help speed up the process if you have access. Prevention of rust is ALL in the prep. You have to get it off before you paint. If not it will continue to grow under the paint. I have to also point out if you have holes in the frame either before or after needle gunning, then you frame is weakened and you may need to look into welding on patches or other solutions. There is an epoxy product out there called Red Hand. After applied it hardens and can be machined, ground, or sanded smooth. And it holds. I wouldn't hesitate to use this On a few small holes. There are thousands of tugboats out there being held together by this stuff....However if it's really eat up then replacement is a better option as these frames are thin and I'd worry about stresses on the road.
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Old 05-20-2015, 09:29 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by TWP723 View Post
Shanmarski - What unit do you own? What year?
Like he said" what unit do you own & what year"? Odds are you have a smart phone so some pics would sure help. To be honest I having a hard time understanding this one. I've been under some really old ones here on the west coast and have never encountered this problem to the degree that you have. Wonder if your unit has been in the salt water for some time. You just joined and only 2 posts so this unit must be " new to you" and how old again and did it live on the beach?

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