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Old 08-21-2010, 09:53 AM
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I have a 2008 Eagle trailer for our 35 ZR Donzi that needs some paint repair - rust removal. I bought the boat/trailer used and the gentleman that owned it prior to me used it in salt water a few times. You know the rest of the story.

Is there anyone in the Northern Illinois area that someone could recommend for the work? Most body shops do not want to tackle a 40' long boat trailer even though the work is fairly straight-forward.

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Old 08-21-2010, 11:56 AM
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I have a 2008 Eagle trailer for our 35 ZR Donzi that needs some paint repair - rust removal. I bought the boat/trailer used and the gentleman that owned it prior to me used it in salt water a few times. You know the rest of the story.

Is there anyone in the Northern Illinois area that someone could recommend for the work? Most body shops do not want to tackle a 40' long boat trailer even though the work is fairly straight-forward.

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Personally, I think I'd try to find a new trailer. I don't think you can ever flush that trailer enough, and keep it from rusting more.
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Old 08-21-2010, 01:52 PM
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I had my trailer redone by a local shop that does hot rod restorations, general body work, you name it. They cussed the entire time they were working on my trailer and said "never again". lol I had them put new fenders on, install spare tire mounts on both sides, and spray on a bedliner in matching color instead of paint. If I own it and it's painted, I'll be waxing it and I have enough chit to wax. It was tougher to spray having to use a hopper and they didn't have a jig to rotate it, which would have been ideal.

My point... a new trailer, as mentioned, might be your best bet.
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Vote number 3 for a new trailer. Although it's easy to repair surface rust, your bigger issue is what's growing inside the frame rails. There just isn't any economical way to neutralize rust in something as big as a trailer. (It's hard enough when restoring a car.) Since you can't get to it all, the parts you miss will eventually cause the trailer to fail - probably taking your boat with it. In the words of Clint Eastwood, "So kid, are you feeling lucky?"
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