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Old 04-19-2013, 02:59 PM   #1
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I found a nice trailer that I would like to buy but Wife cannot stand the color. Dark blue. Question I have is how difficult would it be to paint the trailer white to match my Renegade motorhome? Thanks!

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Old 04-19-2013, 05:27 PM   #2
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A LOT OF WORK! if you can get past that, it is possible. I prepped my truck for painting and let me tell you. its a lot more than you would think. Get a quote from a truck painting shop.

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Old 04-19-2013, 06:02 PM   #3
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any sand blasters in your area? then you could paint it your self if you have a place to do it.
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:58 PM   #4
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If you get a quote and it seems like a lot of money, think of the surface area of the trailer compared to a car. If you think about painting it yourself you will need a lot of paint. I am with your wife it will look better white. Have fun.
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:30 AM   #5
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Would a "wrap" be any less money????
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Old 04-21-2013, 02:01 AM   #6
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I have yet to see a re-painted enclosed trailer that looked good at all up close (not counting the mega buku $$ coach trailers) as compared to the original coating on the aluminum. Keeping in mind that the coating on the original aluminum sheets is some sort of baked on coating and not really a "conventional" paint, as in you can't just scuff it and go, you end up sanding the whole thing and priming and painting. I had one done once on a vending trailer that I picked up for a song, and same deal couldn't take the maroon paint and had to have white. I was never happy with the paint job. That is a LOT of big flat surface area, and generally for the budget job on a trailer, it is real easy to see orange peel, heavy spots etc on those big flat sides. Plus way easier to scratch etc. compared to the factory coated panels.

Unless the trailer is really cheap, or really specialized for your purposes, I'd keep looking. There are a ton of used trailers on the market, go to and look around.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:19 PM   #7
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I agree with hotrod. And Gordy. Check with a wrap guy. My son had his Vette wrapped and it turned out pretty good. I've also heard linex works pretty good. Can you get that in white?
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:08 PM   #8
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i was thinking he was talking about a car flat bed trailer not a enclosed trailer. way off base with my advice about sand blasting.
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I was thinking flatbed too.

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