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Coat Rusty Trailer w/ ATF Fluid. Question about paint.

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by snoozeworm, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. Mar 6, 2012 at 9:49 AM
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    snoozeworm

    snoozeworm [OP] taco king

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    Well i have a utility trailer that i use for my lawncare buisness. In the winter it is used to transport my atv / snow plow and is exposed to the road salt of wv. Needless to say...its rusty.

    I have tried wire brushing and painting it twice before, and it always comes back, so this year i used a trick from an older fellow and wire brushed the rust off and covered it in Automatic Transmission Fluid (using a paint brush). He said it'll be messy, stinky and ugly, but stops the rust...I'd say hes right.

    My question is, would i be able to roll on an oil based undercoating or paint over that ATF? I thought that if i used a roller that the paint would mix with the ATF and eventually dry. Any thoughts are appreciated.
     
  2. Mar 6, 2012 at 10:14 AM
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    get a rust inhibitor. Dont use ATF. I have some GMP Rustech that stops the rust it actually turns purple/black and then I have painted over it and it lasts. There are plenty of other products that do the same thing.

    Also I dont see an oil based paint going over ATF fluid and working out. Just doesnt seem like the right approach here. Good luck. :eek:
     
  3. Mar 6, 2012 at 3:23 PM
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    kinda late...I already covered it in ATF. Looking for a sealant of some type now
     
  4. Mar 8, 2012 at 4:03 PM
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    snoozeworm

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    well i just wiped down the excess fluid and hit it with 10 bucks worth of industrial black spray paint. I'd say if you don't care about looks (or a mess) that this is a good, cheap way to prevent rust, but only time will tell.
     
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