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Old 10-11-2014, 06:02 PM   #1
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Hitch paint

I need to paint the trailer tung and hitch. Tried a can of rustoleum but it gets scratched easily after dried. What is the best paint to use on trailer tongue, hitch and bars?
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Powder coat will even scratch. You just have to be careful. What was the reason you had to paint?
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Old 10-12-2014, 06:13 AM   #3
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I understand all paints scratch and chip.
I read somewhere that Polyurethane is more durable than acrylic. Clear coat seems to be a good idea to help protect the base paint.
The hitch and bars were pitted scratch and has rust as all of tgem will get eventually. It looked like crap to me so I want to paint it. Using rustoleum did not work well.
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I have used with pretty good results tractor paint, tractors get used and abused so to speak, all my flatbed trailers are painted with it and it is pretty durable without breaking the bank
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I have used appliance paint. It is an epoxy or polyurethane and sticks and lasts really well. You can buy it at Wal-Mart. Randy
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If it had rust remember the most important. Prep.
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I will try the appliance paint, thanks Randyman1
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If it had rust remember the most important. Prep.
Thanks Mike.t,
I did use the acid to ionize the rust and it sat in the rain but no more rust after a month. So now to paint the pieces.
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Great. Good luck on your project.
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I have used with pretty good results tractor paint, tractors get used and abused so to speak, all my flatbed trailers are painted with it and it is pretty durable without breaking the bank

I did not think to look at a tractor store. I will go visit them. I use to own a 94 lowrider. Thanks
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Old 10-20-2014, 07:45 PM   #11
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Tounge Frame Painting

I would suggest this product. POR 15;Stop Rust with POR-15 - We Know What Permanent Means!
I own a Jeep that I restored and used this product to restore the frame and treat the rust. Awesome product. I have attached a link for your convenience but feel free to just google POR 15. I do not have any stock or work for this company, nothing but good recommendations.
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OP why don't you just get some Rhino lining spray in bed liner.......that should remedy your problem and let you get the protection from rust you want...a lot more durable then regular paint.
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I have an Equal-I-Zer hitch and it looks like new because I use the old school gloss black Rustoleum paint. The spray will not last nearly as long as the brush on. The extra work is worth it, you only need to do it once a year. Can't be much easier, sand if needed, wipe with laquer thinner and paint. Of course you can just let your hitch deteriorate and probably get away with it, but who wouldn't want to maintain this rather expensive product?
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That spray can stuff will not last long enough to get the trailer hooked up! Sand, prime and use any good commercial paint and spray with a good gun. It will be soft for several days unless you use a heat lamp. The extra time and slightly extra cost will be worth it.

Be very careful with the tow bar! I once was involved in the non-destructive testing of a tow bar involved (cause of the accident) in a fatal accident. It had been painted over several times covering stress cracks. Once stripped of paint it revealed several old stress cracks that had been painted over. I recommend that you do a thorough inspection of that tow bar before applying any paint. I would not skimp on this part of the reconditioning. I saw a post here last week where a 15,000 hitch had failed on a motor home probably caused by a weld failure. Pays to check that critical stuff.
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