Boating NZ - - Boat Bling -

Al­though the trailer frame is less of a safety is­sue, now’s a good time to ex­am­ine it. Check ev­ery­where for rust, es­pe­cially in­side the trailer box sec­tions, in cor­ners where wa­ter can be trapped, the wheel studs, un­der the mud­guards and any­where there is rub­bing on the gal­vanis­ing.

Small pock­ets of rust are not se­ri­ous but should be dealt with. Re­move the rust with a wire brush, and ap­ply a suit­able rust-pre­ven­ta­tive coat­ing. A gal­vanised spray paint with a high zinc con­tent should be used, and this needs to be ap­plied to freshly-cleaned steel.

Al­ter­na­tively, a trans­par­ent coat­ing like Lanocoat or sim­i­lar, which keeps the wa­ter out, can be used as a pre­ven­ta­tive in high-risk ar­eas such as be­tween the leaf springs. Note: sig­nif­i­cant patches of rust will cause the trailer to fail its WOF, so get onto th­ese early.

LEFT, ABOVE & BE­LOW In­sid­i­ous and un­re­lent­ing, rust is a never-end­ing is­sue. Catch it be­fore the prob­lem be­comes ter­mi­nal.

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