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Need Opinion for Color - Repainting My Horse Trailer

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  • Need Opinion for Color - Repainting My Horse Trailer

    I am going to take on repainting my 1989 Valley horse trailer (steel, 2 horse, thoroughbred height). The body and undercarriage of the trailer is in excellent condition, no rust (I did not use on the road much in the New England winters). The color of the trailer currently is a reddish-copper color. I am not sure what color I want to repaint? Any suggestions as to what color I should repaint? Also, what is a good paint to use?

  • #2
    WHITE is safest ... perhaps ```

    In my 'younger' years I would have probably said any other color than

    but with some thought ( safety in mind ) ... I suggest WHITE .

    I know mud and grime ... but that washes off ``
    Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


    • #3
      I would go with a lighter color to help keep it cooler in the summer.

      White or light gray?


      • #4
        I would also go with white, as it is cooler in the summer.


        • #5
          White or silver for the exterior. If that's a little boring you could add some stripes or other decoration on the side in your barn colors or to match your truck.

          I would also suggest, since the undercarriage is in good shape, applying a rubberized undercoating to the metal parts. We use it on all of our work vehicles and it really helps prevent rust from the salt and other deicers they put on the highway. As a bonus it dampens noise and vibration slightly.

          We use 3M or CRC brand undercoating. It comes in a can about the size of normal spray paint and can be applied fairly easily. It is messy though, definitely tape anything you don't want coated. You can use it on trailer ramps too, its grippy, but not so grippy that you can't clean it easily.

          If you are doing the inside of the trailer as well as the outside, I would spray all of the metal surfaces with a bedliner. They can be tinted to match almost any paint color, and they're much more durable than paint alone. Raptor makes a good product that at about $120 should be more than enough to do the interior. It is also MESSY.

          As far as paint goes there are many, many, many options. From the outside of a project spraypaint seems the cheapest way to go, but usually it doesn't end up that way. Not to mention the hand/wrist cramps that occur from that much spraying with a rattlecan. Your best bet would probably be a good urethane or epoxy primer, followed by urethane or epoxy paint and a clear coat, applied with an air sprayer.

          If you own an air compressor and paint gun, have an indoor area to complete the project, and the knowledge to do it (or know someone who does) you can probably do the entire trailer for $300. It is a TON of work to do yourself, and it can go wrong very, very fast. If you don't own any of the equipment or have the ability to do it yourself, paying a shop to do it is well worth the money spent. Depending on how complex the design of the trailer (windows, latches, etc. to mask off) and any special additions (stripes, logos, etc.) you can expect to pay $400-700 at a shop.

          Having prepped and painted trucks and equipment at work, I would pay someone if it was my trailer.
          It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.
          Theodore Roosevelt


          • #6
            I'm also in the white camp. IMHO, white vehicles seem to look nice longer than any other color.
            Lowly Farm Hand with Delusions of Barn Biddieom.
            Witherun Farm


            • #7
              Just so you know... when this thread shows up on the main forum page the title is truncated to:

              Need Opinion for Color - Repainting My Horse
              I opened up just to make sure....

              The above post is an opinion, just an opinion. If it were a real live fact it would include supporting links to websites full of people who already agreed with me.



              • #8
                Yep, white.

                Inside white too! Makes the trailer look more inviting.

                You can always get some of those appliques to paste on the trailer...make yours stand out a bit.
                "Sic Gorgiamus Allos Subjectatos Nunc"


                • #9
                  Highway Safety Chartruese with huge reflective SOLAS-class letters that say "YES THIS IS REALLY A HORSE TRAILER" :=)
                  Nudging "Almost Heaven" a little closer still...


                  • #10
                    white! (just me)
                    but my real reason for popping in is to share my giggle.....when you click on the COTH forums main page, and it lists each forum (and the most current thread of each)
                    this one comes out:

                    Need Opinion for Color-Repainting my Horse-
                    "Indecision may or may not be my problem"
                    --Jimmy Buffett


                    • #11
                      White is so nice on a trailer!! You can even add a Navy or Hunter Green Stripe?...The Valley Trailers are so solid:-)
                      Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakend. ~Anatole France~


                      • #12
                        My Cotner was cream and flaking when I got it. We repainted it white with a white interior.

                        My DH has an air compressor so we did it ourselves. We picked the day/night carefully when we sprayed it since we painted outside. The paint job looked good and lasted for the 7 years we had the trailer before selling it.
                        DH had done some auto painting before but this was by far his biggest project. It was a bit time consuming since we had to really scrape and sand the flaking paint. We also had cut out the louvers on the sides and replaced them with bus windows at the same time.
                        I think that if we had to pay somebody to do the prep and the painting it would have cost me a heck of a lot of money.

                        ETA: I would not try to paint silver by yourself. Per DH, who has now painted about 5 cars, metallic is much harder.
                        Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community. (Tidy Rabbit)


                        • #13
                          When we lived in MD we had a Valley, steel, 4 horse. The body was charcoal gray, but the roof was white; we ordered it this way. When we picked it up it was a sunny day and there was a charcoal gray trailer (roof and body) next to it. Just to see if the white roof made a difference I walked into each of them. Trust me...the white roof made a BIG difference.

                          So you can have the body in any color you want and put on a white roof. It might not be quite as cool as an all white trailer but it will make a big difference.

                          I hadn't thought about painting the interior white. That's an idea to consider for the reasons noted.

                          As to type of paint, I have no idea.

                          Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raça, Uma Paixão


                          • #14
                            White. Light colored for others to see you.


                            • #15
                              Silver is a nightmare to paint unless you are a pro...the metal flake never lays down right pass to pass and coat to coat. (DH is a professional customer painter)

                              White or off white.

                              I bought a used draft size 2h BP with a dr and it was royal blue with a navy interior?? Who does that? It took me a week to paint the interior white with krylon.


                              • Original Poster

                                Thanks everybody for your suggestions. Too funny about the subject being truncated - I'll bet that did draw attention - repainting my horse.


                                • #17
                                  I vote for the white roof and a darker body, because NOTHING is as invisible in the fog as a white, silver, or gray vehicle!

                                  Now, if I was repainting a horse, I would definitely choose gray, with white dapples
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