I offer custom paint and minor restoration on horse trailers of almost any size. Here is a link to an album with pictures of my work:
All large jobs requiring welding and maintenance are best handled by our friends at John Yoder Co in Hazel Green, AL (Just over the TN line). We highly recommend their work!
How to get a quote:
Contact me on my facebook page or by phone with quality pictures of your trailer (front, sides, interior). I will need to know the dimensions of your trailer and if you want the outside and inside painted or just one or the other.
What is the Cost?:
Most jobs will ballpark somewhere in the $1200-$2000 range just depending on how much work your trailer needs as far as the surface area to be prepped and painted. Smaller jobs such as cleaning, buffing and waxing, trim restoration, and some spot painting are also offered at much cheaper rates but require that I see the trailer before I commit to taking it on or can quote the cost of repair. I can also paint match and apply automotive paint for more unique colors. *Please keep in mind automotive paint is not cheap.*
Clients are responsible for cost of supplies plus labor. I do not upcharge labor prices and am extremely fair and reasonable on all jobs I take. A traditional paint shop will charge you over double my fees.
Preparation required to paint a trailer correctly so that the job lasts several years means I must remove old, chipped paint, smooth and properly clean and degrease the surface, remove as much rust as possible as well as treat any remaining rust, re-caulk all seams along the roof, wheel wells, trim, and supports as needed.
The first thing I do with any trailer I’m going to paint is give it a good pressure washing and degreasing. I will then begin the not-so-fun task of sanding. I prefer to sand trailers by hand but do have access to a sand blaster for tougher jobs. I do not own a blaster but am able to rent one via local rental company and also an associate local to my area. The client is responsible for rental cost of the blaster. Unfortunately, it’s not cheap to have your trailer blasted. Most trailers I can remove rust and treat by hand to save the client a good chunk of cash. I can also do minor fiberglass work to fix smaller holes.
Before I apply the first coat of primer on a trailer I use a commercial rust inhibitor to stop the spread of rust. For a product like this to work as intended, the area must be sanded and a small bit of rust is left on the surface. The inhibitor attaches to the rust and kills it, stopping any further spread.
After this is done, it’s time to tape up any lights and trim, then I will apply 1-2 coats of quality primer with a rust inhibitor built in. The number of coats needed depends on the trailer and the chosen color. After the primer is dry, I can start working on the actual paint job. I typically do 2-3 coats of the chosen color and use an HVLP spray gun to ensure the coats are even. You won’t get brush strokes with paint that has been sprayed from a paint gun, which is why I prefer using it.
If the customer chooses to have decals added to the trailer this would be the next step I follow after the last coat has dried and I’ve completed all touch-ups. I also offer a clear top-coat application if the customer so chooses but I do charge extra for this application as it is added supplies and labor. Clear coating is recommended if you have decals applied, as it helps preserve the decal colors. As with anything that sits in the sun, it will fade over time. The clear coat I use has a UVA/UVB filter in it and will help prolong the life of the paint job. I typically apply at least 2 coats of the clear coat.
After the paint (or clear coat) has dried, I will then remove all the trim taping and make sure I don’t need to touch up any smaller areas. I prefer that your trailer sits outside at least 24 hours before you pick it up once the job is done. You may wash your trailer within a week of painting but do not wax or buff your trailer until it has sat minimum of 60 days (90 days preferred). This gives the paint enough time to adhere to the surface and cure. I do recommend buffing and waxing your trailer quarterly to ensure the paint has the best chance at longevity.
I’m ready to have you paint my trailer, what do I do?
Great question! I paint trailers outside of my normal office job. This allows me to keep costs as reasonable as possible for my clients. I am also tied to the weather since I paint from my barn and not a paint shop. Prime painting weather is when the temperature is above 50 degrees and humidity is low. Typically, I paint during the months of April-October and sometimes into November, just depending on the weather.
I do stay busy with painting – among the many other services I offer – so if we have spoken about your trailer and I have provided you with a quote (quotes are good for 15 days after I give them. No exceptions) and you are ready to move forward, I require a $200 non-refundable deposit for my services. This locks your spot in and keeps you at the front of the line. All you have to do after you’ve paid the deposit is schedule a drop off date with me and bring your trailer to me.
Typically, I can have a trailer done in a couple of weeks when the weather permits. If you need a rush job done over a weekend, I do take some of those but I do charge a rush fee and I will not do clear coats on rush jobs as the paint needs time to dry and start to cure before you can apply a clear coat. I don’t let any trailer leave my barn until I’m satisfied the job was done to the most quality standards.
If you have any further questions about my process or would like to discuss me painting your trailer, please contact me via phone to discuss.
Thank you for your business!