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fastguard
Reg. Nov 2003
Posted 2009-03-26 7:32 AM (#102124)
Subject: Can you re-paint an aluminum trailer



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Just bought an '01 C&C aluminum trailer with white skin and it didn't clean up (I had it acid washed and buffed/ waxed 2x) as well as I would like.  A local auto body shop and then another local RV company said they could repaint the white for around $3500. 

I am wondering if anyone has had any experience with doing this and if so, how it turned out.  I don't really want to spend that money and may just get over how it looks...

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gard
Reg. Aug 2007
Posted 2009-03-26 8:22 AM (#102128 - in reply to #102124)
Subject: RE: Can you re-paint an aluminum trailer


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An aluminum trailer can certainly be repainted. In fact, the preparation is much less than that involved in painting a steel trailer. Automotive urethane paints can be used, which are colour fast and UV resistant. A single part paint can also be used, which involves much less labour and material costs than a two part process.

The amount of details you desire, IE the number of colours and graphics will add to your costs. Your quote of $3500 seems high, in light of the minimal amount of initial work that has to be performed. I would shop around for some additional prices, and pin the shop down for specifics about what it will do for the price.

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fastguard
Reg. Nov 2003
Posted 2009-03-26 8:31 AM (#102129 - in reply to #102124)
Subject: RE: Can you re-paint an aluminum trailer



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Thanks for the positive info - If and when I do this I am hoping to find a "hungry" painter:) and just get the vinyl stipes added later...

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stablemom
Reg. Jun 2007
Posted 2009-03-27 11:57 AM (#102225 - in reply to #102124)
Subject: RE: Can you re-paint an aluminum trailer


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Fast guard,

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twh37918
Reg. Dec 2004
Posted 2009-03-28 8:10 PM (#102316 - in reply to #102124)
Subject: RE: Can you re-paint an aluminum trailer


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Get you some liquid aluminum polish & a clean rag.  It will only cost your about $9 to find out. You'll be pleasantly surprised. (I use the Mothers power alumuminum polish from Walmart) Let us know the results!
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