Trailer Restoration

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This is the 4 x 8 trailer that has been sitting in my backyard for the last 9 years. Since I had some time on my hands this summer, I decided to restore it to its original glory. First I removed all of the wood panels and sanded the rust until I got tired of sanding. Then I painted the metal with Rustoleum primer before applying a coat of Rustoleum satin black. I searched for many weeks to find the best deal on the 3/4 inch plywood I needed. Then one day, just as I was about to give up, I saw that Lowes had their 3/4″ treated plywood on sale. I bought 2 sheets and cut them to fit the floor and sides. I gave them a coat of Thompson’s Water Seal stain, before bolting them in place. The last step was to install a new set of trailer lights. The finished project is below:

Here is the cost of the supplies: $160

  • Primer – 3 cans – 14.94
  • Paint – 4 cans – 19.92
  • Stain – 1 can – 19.98
  • 2 -4x8x3/4 plywood – 59.16
  • Nuts & Bolts – 16.00
  • Paint supplies – 14.00
  • Light kit – 16.00

I must have put at least 80 hours into this project over several months. I still need to get the tires and hold down straps replaced. But now, it looks almost too good to use. My original plan was to fix it up and sell it for $600, but I may keep it. Unless I really need the money… to cover one month of my health insurance 🙁

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