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- 15/03/2012 at 9:57 am #4412No DisgraceMember
Was giving my trailer a look over and surprised to find the white paint bubbling off the wheels. The wheels are fairly new (less than two years old) and have never been dunked in the sea. The paint is failing around the very outer edge of the rim, although there are isolated spots elsewhere.
I have deflated the tyres and spent a fair bit of time with the wire brush and a pot of paint to stop any further rust, but I suppose it will just happen again as soon as the trailer comes out of the garage.
I don’t suppose anybody knows of a source for galvanised 8″ wheels? Or any other solution to the problem?15/03/2012 at 11:06 am #10719tritonParticipant
As you have found out, the paint on trailer wheels is very thin and does little to prevent rusting.
Some wax polish may delay the inevitable.
This leaves you with the choice of respraying with primer and top coat or use something like Hammerite or chassis paint.
Rounding of any sharp edges on the rim will help the paint adhere for longer.
This time, effort and cost must be related to the cost of a new rim at £10.
I am not aware of a supplier of galvanized rims in the UK.15/03/2012 at 1:19 pm #10720No DisgraceMember
Yes I have bought replacement rims in the past, although I ended up having to pay a garage to put the tyres on at £6 each, so with postage ended up about £20 a wheel… could probably get a whole new wheel/tyre for not much more than that… but so wasteful!
Also if you let the rim get too bad it will buckle on you and probably take a perfectly good tyre with it, as well as being a bit of an accident risk on the road.
I’ve just been using marine gloss for the touch-up, next time I’ll try hammerite… and in the meantime maybe I’ll store the wheels in the garage with the trailer on bricks.15/03/2012 at 6:10 pm #10722tritonParticipant
I was not inferring that the wheel rims should be neglected to such an extent that they rust through and collapse.
POR 15 is a better paint than Hammerite.
Guide on how to use it.
Probably cheaper to get the starter kit.
Good luck.21/03/2012 at 1:16 pm #10738sailingdaveMember
I did have a British built boat trailer once that was fitted with galvanised 8″ rims so they must be made somewhere. Wish I had swapped out the wheels for painted ones before selling it. If you find where they are made then post the supplier here.
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