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Powder Coat Your Boat Trailer for Protection against Rust

Posted on: January 24th, 2016 by byersbushblog

Boat trailers wear out quickly, especially when you launch boats into salt water. No matter how well the trailer is protected, eventually rust will set in and then you have to look for a new trailer to take care of your boating needs, or you have to try to remove the rust and protect the trailer once again.

While painting can help protect a trailer against rust, it simply doesn’t work as well as a high quality powder coat finish. Good powder coating applications are tested with salt water sprays, and the best ones perform well enough to keep a trailer in like-new condition for years. That’s the type of protection that you want on equipment as expensive as a boat trailer.

Considering Powder Coating

Powder coating is a good solid option for a brand-new boat trailer, or for a trailer that’s in excellent condition, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right option for you. If you have an older trailer that’s already in rough shape, you might not want to bother having it powder coated.

When evaluating your trailer take a look at the level of rust it’s affected by. Before you can have it coated you have to strip away any rust that’s present, and that isn’t possible when the trailer reaches a certain level of rustiness. If you have surface rust, you can probably still protect the trailer by powder coating it. If the trailer has big chunks of rust flaking off it and some parts are rusted right through, you will probably have to start shopping around for a new trailer instead.

Get it Protected Early on

Most new boat trailers come with protection against corrosion, so it doesn’t make sense to pay to have them protected right when you make the purchase. Instead you should wait until that first coating begins to wear off and you get a very light amount of rust showing up on your trailer.

It’s important to catch the rust as it just begins to show up. If you wait too long you could end up with a trailer that’s difficult to protect properly. When you notice the outer coating is wearing, pay to have it sandblasted and then protected with a high quality powder coating. You want something that’s proven to stand up against salt water, and that will hold up in wet conditions. That isn’t always the case, so choose the coating that you get carefully.

A Quality Coating

One exceptional coating is available from a company known as Plascoat. The coating is called PPA 571 and it’s exceptionally durable in wet conditions. Add it to your boat trailer and you can go in and out of salty water without worry.

Sure it will wear out over time, but it will last significantly longer than many of the other coatings on the market would. You won’t be able to take the trailer to just any professional and have that coating put on it, but when you work with someone like Byers Bush you can get the protection that you need for your trailer.

Caring for Your Trailer

Just because you take the time to protect your trailer doesn’t mean you don’t still have to take care of it. If you want that coating to really last, you should take the time to rinse off your trailer each time that you go into salt water. Get it nice and clean and free from salt and it will last much longer than it otherwise would. These simple maintenance tasks aren’t hard and they make a major difference.

The next time that you invest in a trailer for your boat, make sure you’re giving it all the protection it needs. It doesn’t cost too much to have a powder coat put on, and you’ll get years of added performance by making that one simple investment.

Contact Byers Bush to get your boat trailer powder coated with the high performance coating against corrosion from the exposure of salt water when you launch your boat to the sea.

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