I met a girl, and we were going to spend a week camping together next week and so I got super motivated to get the little solar/boat/bike hauler trailer road worthy and bring it along. I was able to get it titled and plated fairly easily, (scary easy honestly, the woman didn’t look at a damned thing, I’m thinking stolen trailers would be a good business!!)
But anyway in Yuma the place to get stuff sandblased is also the dune buggy shop, which sort of makes sense, so after i got it plated i was going to grt it blasted and powdercoated, but i though better of it because i realized that like the boat, this project will never actually be “finished”. I like tinkering on this little trailer and so i decided to paint it so that later i can cut and weld and just re-spray rather than dealing with powdecoat. Plus, it was super expensive.
Its kinda funny to totally half-ass install the lights with packing tape on the wires etc to pass dmv, then take all that off and drive it 20 miles to the buggy shop
So anyway i go to the buggy place and they take me back to show what they did. I was honestly shocked that they sand-blasted it outdoors just in the backyard of their shop in a commercial area right in town! Pretty sure that would land you in prison if you tried it in Seattle!
But they did a great job, and $150 later here it is:
I was actually considering buying like 30 cans of $1 spray paint at Wal-Mart but the buggy guy told me that the auto-body place had an inexpensive water-based industrial paint that held up to the AZ sun pretty good, and was only like $30 a gallon so thinking I need a sprayor for the boat anyhow i went to harbor freight and picked up a little sprayer on sale for $15.99. You gotta love HF’s sales (cept I don’t but that’s a nuther topic!)
But anyway, for $15.99 it’s actually a damned nice unit and it did a fantastic job! At that price it’s almost not worth cleaning the damned thing, just get a new one!I also loved that paint, covered well and I guess it didn’t hurt that it was like 97 degrees out and the buggy guys got me thinking and so I just sprayed it right in the yard on the main drag
Overspray schomerspay! all the snowbirds have already left so there are actually no neighbors here to complain. I really should prolly bring the boat down here and work on it.
Anyway, gotta say, my little $75 trailer it looks pretty great for about $700 all-in New tires, bearings fenders etc go on tomorrow and then the solar cells, wire it to the van, load the boat etc. And then gonna start working on the generator thingy! I think I will even make the deadline for the big date that got cancelled!