Seasoning and light surface rust on used camper trailer?

Submitted: Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 11:39
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Hi, we have bought a second hand camper trailer, it's still in pretty good condition but we'd like to take good care of it to prevent any future issues, one is I'd like to season it to prevent any possible leaking, as it is pre loved we don't know when this was last done, how do we go about doing it? next there is some light surface rust, this looks like it is from rocks flicking up and removing paint. How do we go about fixing it to prolong the life of our camper trailer :) thank you
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Reply By: MarkHugh - Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 13:09

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 13:09
G'day Ash,

There's lots you can do to prevent the rocks/stones etc hitting the trailer in the first place but, to answer your question, I suggest to spray fish oil into the hard-to-access metal areas (the smell doesn't last long) and wipe Innox over the exposed surfaces whenever you return from a trip. It will, of course, get rock-sprayed each trip if you travel on gravel roads but this is unlikely to do anything other than superficial damage.

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Follow Up By: Ash H1 - Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 13:20

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 13:20
Thankyou. Where can I get innox? Should I look into one of those guards that go at the front of camper trailers or is that to stop rocks flicking at the car?
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Follow Up By: MarkHugh - Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 17:25

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 17:25
Ash,

Most hardware store have Innox. Get four (or five?) litre container if you can, because it is very useful stuff.

Mark
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Follow Up By: gbc - Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 12:49

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 12:49
Inox has its place, but for sealing stone chips and rust on sheet, penetrol is the product I would recommend. It is a step up again.
No argument with fish oil/lanox/lanocote/tectyl for coating the insides of chassis etc.
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Reply By: Member - Odog - Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 14:47

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 14:47
G'day Ash
Wife n I brought a cub supamatic hard floor camp trailer.. We are the third owners, has been repainted under, as well as the draw bar (Aframe)
After doing a few trips, we have the same stone chips again, have purchased some more paint and wire brushes to give it a fresh coat, then will spray inox through the frame work.. Also got new mesh for the stone guard, and stone flaps, which hang below the stone guard, think these will reduce stone chips quite a lot.. As for the canvas, was told by canvas mob, not to do anything to it, or put anything on it? We don't have any leaks, but have rubbed candle wax on the seams, just as a bit of a precaution... I'll be following this thread to see what others say, always helpful info on here.. Hope I helped a bit... Cheers Odog
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Follow Up By: Ash H1 - Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 15:26

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 15:26
thanks odog might go over the seams. ours down't have a stone guard thing so might look into getting one
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Reply By: Member - John - Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 17:52

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 17:52
G'day, have a look at Stone Stomper brand stone guards, very very good guard.
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Follow Up By: Ash H1 - Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 18:36

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 18:36
Thanks John I'll check them out
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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 19:27

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 19:27
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I have one of these on my trailer.
Light enough not to notice strong enough to do the job.
You can take the stone part off and roll it up to store it and you dont notice the skirt across the back of the tow.

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Reply By: Sigmund - Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 07:34

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 07:34
If it looks like a gal finish use a rotary brass brush in a drill to remove rust from each bare spot and then hit them with a can of Silver Zinc spray paint. Two coats if you're fussy.

If it's paint, prep in the same way and then touch up with a coat of etch primer and then a matching top coat.

For high wear areas consider putting on a protective alloy checkerplate panel cut to fit.
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Follow Up By: disco driver - Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 12:02

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 12:02
You could quite easily paint the underbody with a rubberised paint or even a bitumenastic one.

The Rubberised products can be painted over if you wish.

Four advantages: Waterproofs the underside, protects against stone damage, provides a degree of sound deadening and is relatively cheap and effective



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