Steel Trailer Maintenance: Essential Tips for Protecting Your Structure from Rust Damage

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Steel Trailer Maintenance: Essential Tips for Protecting Your Structure from Rust Damage

14 March 2018
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Steel trailers are favourable for hauling loads because their structure is resilient and durable. In simple terms, the steel structure is strong and does not sustain damage due to impact and stress. Therefore, you can use it for commercial haulage and as a toy hauler to haul equipment such as ATVs without dealing with accelerated degradation. However, these trailers have one distinct weakness: rusting. In general, if the steel structure is not maintained correctly, the iron content will begin rusting. If you are concerned about this issue, you should consider these simple tips on protecting your steel trailer.

Inspect the Trailer Structure

You should perform regular inspections of your steel trailer. This practice is critical for helping you identify the structural problems which could cause and accelerate rusting. If you can detect such issues early, you can perform repairs and ensure the protection of the trailer. The most common problem which contributes to trailer rusting is cracking. In general, if the metal panels or the frames making up the trailer crack, they will expose the unprotected or un-galvanised steel surfaces to moisture and air. The interaction will cause rusting. You should identify such weaknesses and have them welded and coated to minimise corrosion.

Clean the Trailer Regularly

You should clean the trailer regularly to remove the dirt and debris which could damage the protective coating on your steel structure. The accumulation of foreign materials on the panels and frames can accelerate the deterioration of the paint and galvanic coating, promoting rusting. You should be particularly diligent if you use your trailer in marine surroundings. When cleaning the trailer, you should use soft-bristled brushes to clean the crevices. You should also choose a mild and neutral detergent because acidic or alkaline solutions might have corrosive effects. Always rinse the surfaces to preserve the aesthetics of your trailer.

Touch Up the Paint

If your steel trailer has become old and the paint has started peeling, you should plan for a retouching project. This process will restore the appeal of the trailer, and the fresh layer of paint will protect the metal from moisture and air interactions. When choosing your refinishing product, you should opt for rust-resistant paints. These painting solutions will not be compromised by existing rust deposits, and the coating will prevent further corrosion.

If your old steel trailer is rusted and worn out, you should think about obtaining a new custom alternative for your applications. Your custom trailer will be designed and fabricated to meet your unique requirements, ensuring optimal performance and durability.