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How to Prevent Rust and Corrosion from Spreading on Boat Trailers

Blog | October 24th, 2018

There is no easier way to ruin your weekend on the water than to realise that your boat trailer is covered in rust and corrosion. If you have spent any amount of time near the water with a boat, you know how damaging rust and corrosion can be to the integrity of your vessel. While we pay special attention to keep our boats free from rust and corrosion; that same effort isn’t often applied toward keeping our boat trailers in working order. Fortunately, we are here to talk about some ways that you can prevent rust and corrosion from becoming a problem. Let’s go ahead and outline a few ways that you can prevent rust and corrosion from spreading throughout your boat trailer.

Rust and Corrosion Spreading Prevention for Your Boat Trailer

There are two specific problems that we are going to be approaching in today’s discussion: stopping rust and prevention from spreading on your boat trailer and also stopping rust and corrosion from ever occurring on your boat trailer, to begin with. While these are two very different discussions, there is some overlap. Let’s go ahead and just dig into both discussions at once so that we can get you back on the water after fixing up your boat trailer.

1) How do I prevent rust and corrosion from spreading on my boat trailer?

Rust and corrosion on your boat trailer are caused by salt water striking and then being left to soak on your trailer. This is a common problem that you simply cannot avoid if you are going to be hauling your boat to water with any sort of regularity. This brings up two immediate solutions that you can pursue.

A) Hose down your boat trailer with fresh water after every usage. By doing this, you are getting rid of the salty gunk that will contribute to further corrosion.

B) Use a wire brush to grind down on the rust and corrosion, all the way down to the pits. Once this is done, go ahead and apply a rust and corrosion treatment product before re-painting the trailer with corrosion resistant paint.

2) How do I prevent rust and corrosion from ever happening?

The truth is, rust and corrosion is just part and parcel of owning a boat and using it with any regularity. The easiest way to prevent rust and corrosion is by taking this three-fold approach:

A) Use rust resistant coating on your boat trailer.

B) Wash down your trailer with fresh water.

C) Always store your boat trailer in a dry place, away from the water.

Dealing with rust and corrosion can be an issue, but you don’t have to go it alone. Here at Sales Trailers, we are always ready to help you with your boating needs.