What do you use to seal trailer wooden bed?

lmpres

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Have a newer trailer and want to seal the wooden bed. I read somewhere that just using waterproofing sealers can make it too slippery for loading. Anyone have any suggestions on what could seal and add grip?
 

mcfarmall

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I just did my trailer deck with Cabot Gold Sunlit Walnut. Looks great and seals like a polyurethane. I haven't loaded any equipment on it since coating so I cannot attest to whether it is slippery or not. You could broadcast some fine sand onto the coating before it dries.
 

Matt Ellerbee

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Seal with your favorite flavor of sealer, toss some sand on on while still tacky. Honestly, if its rough cut lumber, it should be grippy enough.
 
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fried1765

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Have a newer trailer and want to seal the wooden bed. I read somewhere that just using waterproofing sealers can make it too slippery for loading. Anyone have any suggestions on what could seal and add grip?
I have never sealed my 20" oak deck equipment trailer.
I store it inside.
 

dirtydeed

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I just treated my new trailer with used ATF, uncut. It came out great, no greasy feel to it at all.

see post here: Post #545

 

Daferris

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I used Thompsons water seal on my trailer. It has 2x8 treated boards. I use the trailer for hauling my tractor, Race cars and the Zero turn occasionally. It is not slippery at all Did it 2 years ago probably going to coat it again this fall sometime. I too also store it indoors but wanted to seal it to keep it looking good.
 

Dave Ogren

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I just treated my new 20' car hauler with old oil change oil, came out great and cost nothing.
 

Dave Ogren

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I used an old rag , then used it to start the burn pile. No cost and no waste.
 
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Hunter1157

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I just treated my new 20' car hauler with old oil change oil, came out great and cost nothing.

This is what I have been using for years. Works great. I apply it with a foam roller.
 

Daylight

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They do indeed, if they are wadded up and in a tight space (trash bag...). But linseed oil on a wooden deck is harmless - done decks and floors with it.


Rags soaked in linseed oil will self combust. Ask me how I know.
 

Mark_BX25D

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They do indeed, if they are wadded up and in a tight space (trash bag...). But linseed oil on a wooden deck is harmless - done decks and floors with it.

For years it was standard treatment on wooden shingled houses. Hate to see what would happen to a cedar shingled roof with linseed oil and an ember from a nearby fire. o_O

But without the ember, it's not going to do anything but sit there and look good.
 

barts

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A common treatment for raw wood in wooden boats is multiple coats of boiled linseed oil, turps and some pine tar w/ a splash of varnish or japan drier to help the linseed oil polymerize. This also helps keep steel hardware from rusting. Trailers probably don't deserve true turpentine; I'd imagine other solvents like mineral spirits or kero would serve as well, but w/o the nice smell. The pine tar does darken the wood substantially; I think it helps protect the linseed oil & wood from UV. Applied periodically this will do a nice job of protecting the decking.