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Good water proofing for wooden trailer decks?


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Old 04-03-2011, 09:46 PM
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Default Good water proofing for wooden trailer decks?

What is everyone using for weather proofing their wood trailer decks ?
Thompsons sealer is expensive and short lived. It beads up and repels water for a few months and then it is gone for $15 per gallon.
Does anyone mix their own potion for lass money that you can afford to put on each season?
Thanks for any ideas that have worked for you folks,
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i got sick of all the expenive stains and got 5 gallons of boiled linseed oil, this is just a cheaper alternative,
i hope this helps,
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Seems like a good dose of used motor oil and other greases makes a trailer deck immortal...

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Default Re: Good water proofing for wooden trailer decks?

You should use treated Lumber/Plywood to begin with, then there is little need to treat the wood. Use whatever CCA was replaced with. I know they warn you that the new treatment will attack uncoated fasteners. I built truck bedside with the new treated wood about 3 years ago with untreated fasteners. the only thing I did was to coat the cadmium plated bolts with gun grease during assembly.

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Seems like a good dose of used motor oil and other greases makes a trailer deck immortal...

Robert
MIne got this just by having the engines on it. I'll bet those boards will last for decades EASY. They have been well treated with many kinds of oils & stuff
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I was the local Pioneer museum curator here. There are 3 log buildings which, in the past, got an occasional dose of creosote......until creosote was, for all practical purposes, outlawed.......

The above mentioned sealants (except oil) were way beyond my meager budget and for two or three years I thought about what to do as the buildings were in need of something.

Having used drain oil for posts it dawned on me.......how about diluting drain oil with 50% paint thinner or turpentine (whichever is cheapest) and spraying it on?
I ran that past my professional painter friend and he ran it past some of his connections........all giving the thumbs up on my recipe.......

So we went ahead and did it. The oil penetrated very nicely and also dried quickly without leaving an oily, smelly, surface that would rub off on visitors' hands.
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criag a, that is a very good idear, i had cut the oil with turpintine,
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I used a fence post paint from Tractor Supply Company that has asphalt in it and it is used to coat the entire post before installation. I painted the board on all sides before installation, but if I ever have to do it again, I will throw a little sand on the top of the board because it can be slick when wet. It is also black, so on one trailer after I painted it with that paint, I had some white barn paint left over that had the mold protection in the paint and I painted it white. It looks ugly with all of the skid marks, but it stays much cooler in Florida but it could be blinding from the sun at first, but it is to protect it and not for looks. I have also used deck stains that have UV protection because it is my understanding that pressure treated (at least in my area) is only for insects and pests, and not to protect it from weather damage. I have tried all kinds of ideas because Florida weather is tough on wood and the salt air is tough on steel, so I keep all of my collection inside but the trailers must remain outside. I wish I could keep the trailers inside also, that would sure keep them nicer.
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I've always "spilled" a "little" drain oil on them & wiped it around a bit & it works pretty good. Just don't want to use to much & get it wiped around pretty thin.
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Default Re: Good water proofing for wooden trailer decks?

I also use drain oil. I have access to synthetic oil from a friends Mercedese, I brush/pour in on and let it soak in. So far it has worked fine. I put it on in the fall after most of my hauling is done.
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Default Re: Good water proofing for wooden trailer decks?

one slip and fall will cost you a lot more than the few bucks you will save by putting oil on something that you might be walking on after a rain. just use porch and floor enamel with a hand full of sand sprinkled around. it will also help keep your load from sliding around. do it right and do it once. i don't have the extra time to sit around and worry about all of you.

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I've been using Valspar Premium Water Sealer. I get it at Fleet Farm. Seems to last far longer than Thompsons and isn't so watery...

I believe Thompsons went the way of WD 40, People started using it then the price went Way Out Of Site. You can get a Better Product Cheaper
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I use 1/2 boiled linseed oil and 1/2 deisel fuel. Does a pretty good job.
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Default Re: Good water proofing for wooden trailer decks?

On our flatbed semi trailers we use a mix of 2/3 linseed oil and 1/3 mineral spirts to help it absorb, often more than one coat. cheap and it seems to keep them nice! we did one trailer 2 years ago and it always sits oustide with our water tanks and chemial mixing cones and it hasnt seemd to deteriorate at all!
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