I will be welding up a sturdy 4x8 utility trailer that has a drop-bed feature. I need recommendations on paint. Here are the criteria:
- I will be storing it outside.
- It must be very durable; Rustoleum will not do; I have that on my current trailer.
- Must be gloss black.
- Looking at epoxy primers.
- Looking at two-part urethane finishes or epoxy for the top coat.
- Not spray-applied. I will roll and tip the finish (roll it on and tip off any bubbles with a brush).
- No need for supplied-air type respirators; organic cartridges for vapors and mists will be used. I know some high-tech commercial finishes need special filters and even booths for ventilation because they are so toxic to brain cells; I don't want that.
- Applied in a heated garage in a Michigan December.
- Would prefer it in quarts, gallons if I must, but not 5-gallon pails.
- Did I mention durable and glossy black?
I got a quote from a commercial painting service that does agricultural equipment for $500, which seems high for a little trailer with a wood bed. They use a Sherwin-Williams epoxy primer with a two-part urethane top coat, spray applied. I looked up the products and they are only available in five-gallon pails.
I have worked with epoxy coatings in the past while building wooden boats and coating my garage floor. I am familiar with their working characteristics. I like the durability and the low odor.
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12-12-2012, 05:02 PM #1Member
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What kind of paint for my trailer?