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Old 02-27-2012   #1
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Trailer Surface question

Hi all,

I'm new here on this forum and may as well start off with a question. I have a new trailer with a plywood top (perhaps marine grade but it's a bit rough, might have been out on the lot a while).

I'm wondering if I should just sand it a bit and put some Thompson's Water Seal on it...or paint it, seal it then put outdoor carpet over the plywood?

What say you buzzards?

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Stain it and put outdoor carpet down, it'll be low maintainence.
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Stain it and put outdoor carpet down, it'll be low maintainence.
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I would contemplate warm linseed oil. The stuff is cheap. probably every two year maintenance, but you can just slop it on and forget it.
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same question for me last year.......I used plywood for a platform ontop of a utility trailer..........my brother who is a chemist suggested oil based porch paint....it needs a primer or two coats......it takes a while to dry (more than 24 hrs) but has held up well......any color can be made up...I did a light grey/white to not heat up too much......one year and good so far.....washes off easily and pretty smooth surface....doesn't scrape much.............thanks, Chet
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I used Rustolium on mine 5? years ago, it needs a little touch up here and there but it's held up real well, isn't too slippery to walk on, and the boat slides easily on it. I had some white and grey so I mixed them together and came up with a light grey color that looks good and dosen't get hot in the sun. I thought about using carpet or fake grass but it always seemed to cause problems, wet carpet on wood always starts to delamimate and rot plywood after a couple years.
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I used Herculiner truck bed liner on my plywood trailer deck surfaces. It waterproofs, and provides a very durable, non-slip pebble point finish that pvc and neoprene slides across very easily, even though my shoes grip like I had on cleats. It's initially pretty expensive ($75/gallon on eBay, enought to coat everything twice) but IMHO, it's WAY better than anything suggested earlier.
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We just tore off a bunch of outdoor carpet off of our commercial raft trailer. It had a shitton of sand in it. I'd avoid carpet, or astroturf, or similar- it holds lots of water and sand.
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Trailers usually come with pressure treated decking. It will last awhile regardless if you put outdoor carpet or re-seal occasionally. Even truck bed liner materials would be affected by self tapping screws vibrating back out regardless.
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I used linoleum on mine and it works great. Raft slides on and off easily, protects the wood and its very durable.
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