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Repainting the trailer

I’ve had this trailer for an estimated 35 years, and my Dad had it for about 10 years before me.  In that time it has been repainted just once, with a brown Kill-Rust treatment. It is a fantastic old build – made by Treg trailers in Adelaide – but sadly has shown some signs of wear and tear, including a bit of rust. Still, there is some life left in it yet, and so Ruth and I decided it would be worthwhile giving it another coat of paint, which we did over the weekend.

The first challenge was to find a way to access the underside.  Since the trailer is very heavy, there is no way to turn it over without the aid of some heavy machinery.  Fortunately, Ruth’s brother Lance came to our assistance and used his forklift to turn the trailer over on its back.  From there we could wire-brush everything and give it a long deserved coat of paint.  We brushed on a coat of greenish paint (half price from Bunnings who made a mistake with the tinting).  We then took the trailer home and sprayed on the blue coat for the top.  Originally a sky-blue and red colour scheme, we now have a navy-blue coloured trailer, greenish underneath that now looks pretty damn good, despite the odd bit of rust.

On its back
On its back
Painted with a green mistake
Painted with a green mistake