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post #1 of 11 Old 10-13-2011, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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Car trailer deck maintenance

Thinking about sanding and sealing the wood deck of my car trailer with Thompson's water seal. The trailer is a 2006 and is showing some age. It is stored outside, so I want to seal the deck with something.

Has anyone done this? Any tips? Any pics? Thanx in advance.

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post #2 of 11 Old 10-13-2011, 01:07 PM
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The deck cleaning kits they sell at home depot work really well. And sanding is not required with them. it uses a pre wash that cleans up the wood. then let it dry and put on the sealant. Way easier than sanding it down.

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That sounds better than sanding. I will check that out. Thank-you for the reply.
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post #4 of 11 Old 10-14-2011, 07:52 AM
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I pressure wash my trailer deck and paint it every 3 years. I believe Thompsons is just a wax? I think a deck stain would hold up longer than Thompsons. IMHO
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Stored over dirt or gravel, the bottom is a more serious problem than the deck. Get a piece of landscapers plastic to park it on. 6 mils or so. Weight it down with gravel around the edges. As for the deck, a great use for dirty motor oil. Mix it with a little gasoline and roll it on like a stain with a paint roller. Too bad one can't buy creosote any more. That actually worked.

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post #6 of 11 Old 10-15-2011, 10:42 PM
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Olimpic makes a product for covering decks. I found it at Lowes. They claim 8 years......we'll see. Have had mine on for 2.5 years and it still looks great.

I think keeping it drained (keep it where it will dry out after a rain) I think makes a big difference and keeping things cleaned out between the planks and along the edge. Park it with a tilt so water cant "stand". Keep mud washed off and keep leaves off or anything else that will let it stay damp.

You have a great looking trailer.
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post #7 of 11 Old 10-16-2011, 11:27 PM
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Mine is a 2006 and the boards are showing age as well. I bought it a year ago and have been planning on swapping the boards and treating them some how. One thing I was taught by an old farmer years back was to always jack the trailer up as high as you can to facilitate drainage so water doesn't sit on the boards when stored outside. Don't forget about your tires as well. I keep mine covered, spare as well.

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Check out Deck Restore. Roll on product that goes on like cake batter then dries like truck bed liner. I've had mine on for a year and it is bombproof. This totally seals the wood and has a lifetime guarantee. It's back in the deck sections at home depot and loses. I would have never seen it had a smart paint guy (rare) told me about it. It's about 1/8" to 1/4" thick when dry. Seals small cracks in the wood. Best stuff i've ever seen for outdoor wood. And it's not slip. And comes in 10 colors or so. Try it, you won't be disappointed.

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post #9 of 11 Old 04-15-2012, 08:55 AM
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Sorry that was lowes, not loses. Darn iPad.

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Thats what i do also works fine whenever i stain the deck i use the leftover stain on my trailer--it's always outside and holding up well

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post #11 of 11 Old 04-16-2012, 08:33 AM
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My father in law uses is used motor oil. We drag allot of tractors and this or that on to the trailer. Often these items do not have wheels and are just winched on and drug across the trailer. When the trailer gets wet the deck is very slippery.

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