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Trails West trailers are known for their trademark aerodynamic design and their unprecedented quality. The secret to long life is expertise and determination. Our trailers are engineered and manufactured to provide the best in quality, durability and reliability. A quality paint finish is the single most important feature of any steel trailer. Since 1987, Trails West has constructed the most superior steel trailer in the industry.

Our number one goal is to provide our customer with a product that has the most technologically advanced paint system available. Our paint system offers you a corrosion resistant, high gloss, smooth and sleek finish that would rival any automotive paint finish.

Let us share with you why we are #1.

Prep Stage
We go through a 5 stage prep process to insure that every trailer is ready to receive the most advanced paint application in the industry. We begin by chipping and grinding away all excess slag and excess metal so there is a smooth clean surface. Second we sand the entire trailer to prepare the surface so that the primer and paint will adhere to that surface. Third we pre-clean and degrease the entire surface of the trailer. This ensures that every inch of the trailer is clean and ready to be painted. Fourth, we perform additional bodywork that may be necessary to ensure the customer is getting the best possible trailer. Fifth, we inspect the trailer for imperfections that can be corrected easily before the trailer is painted.

Dedicated Wash Bay
Each trailer is pressure washed with an acidic soap which removes all oils, grease, dirt and other contaminants, then it is rinsed with fresh water to dispose of any residue.

Next a phosphatizing conversion coating is applied. Phosphating is used to treat various metals (mainly steel) to impart corrosion resistance and to promote the adhesion of finishes such as primer and paint. Chemical etching of galvanized and steel surfaces allows formation of a non-metallic phosphate layer. Phosphating treatments provide a coating of insoluble metal-phosphate crystals that adhere stongly to the base metal. It also prevents electrical corrosion between environment and base metal. In the phosphating process, acid attacks the metal surface, forming a protective coating of iron or zinc phosphate salts. This allows for better corrosion resistance and primer and paint adhesion. Paint needs a clean, processed substrate for best adhesion. Phosphate also prevents transfer of electrons from paint, atmosphere and contaminants to the base metal, retarding corrosion. Phosphate layers also prevent creepage of corrosion from full depth scratches.

Next a polymer sealer is applied. Polymer molecules are smaller than iron phosphate molecules so they flow into tight, corrosion-prone areas and seals the surface.

Forced Air Dry Booth
The temperature in this booth is a minimum of 150 degrees. Each trailer is dried for at least 40 minutes. This allows for total evaporation from the wash bay. It also preheats the metal, which is necessary for the primer to seal to the surface.

Prime Stage
This environmentally controlled prime booth is a large, clean, staging area that is used for priming only. Each trailer is completely wiped down with a surface preparation cloth (i.e. tacked-off) to ensure any dust or filaments are removed. Trails West uses a specially formulated Dupont® epoxy primer/sealer, which seals the clean steel from moisture and other contaminants. A Dupont® premium quality epoxy primer is designed to provide excellent corrosion control, adhesion and a chip resistant surface when used over properly treated metal and aluminum substrates.

Caulk Stage
After the primer is sealed and baked dry, we fill all the necessary seams with auto body caulk. The caulking process aids in leak prevention, noise reduction, and aesthetics. The caulk is then allowed to dry and the trailer is inspected and tacked-off in preparation for the final stage.

Inside this large down draft paint booth, which pulls over-spray down and away from the trailer, we begin the application of polyurethane color coating. Down draft technology is critical to ensure a sleek, smooth finish. We apply 2 coats of Dupont® Imron® 2000TM topcoat. This automotive grade, polyurethane paint is designed to give you the best possible finish and provide the highest paint quality available. Polyurethane paint should not be confused with basic acrylic enamels. The desirable qualities of polyurethane include: high gloss, excellent color retention, resiliency, durability and longer life. Manufacturer's tests prove that polyurethane paint retains its gloss from 50 to 100 percent longer than acrylic enamels. After the topcoat is applied, the unit is moved into an infrared convection oven to cure. In the cure booth, the desirable qualities of the polyurethane paint are enhanced and the finish is set.

Your Trails West trailer has been painted with DuPont® Imron® 2000TM. Imron® 2000TM is high glamour paint, providing you, the trailer owner, with a beautiful, glossy appearance. Imron® 2000TM provides superior protection from environmental conditions and, the use of advanced UV screeners and light stabilizers help resist dulling and fading.

To keep your Trails West trailer looking like new, we recommend you use the following guide.

Wash your trailer often, especially when exposed to salty, dusty, acidic or alkaline environments.

When washing your trailer, use non-abrasive, neutral pH (non acidic or alkaline) detergent. Do not use solvent-based solutions for washing large areas.

During the first 30 days when the finish is still fresh, clean the trailer with water rinse only. Pressure washers used when paint is still fresh could affect the finish. Avoid high-pressure washing to areas that have stone chips visible or fresh paint.

Do not wash the trailer using extremely hot water or while the surface is hot. (Do not wash trailer in the hot sun.)

  • Avoid washing with stiff bristles. Soft cloth and felt brushes are recommended. Avoid machine type automated washing systems.
  • Do not allow gasoline, anti-freeze, hydraulic fluid, or windshield washer fluid to stand on the paint – remove immediately by rinsing with water.
  • Do not wax for the first 60 days.
  • Ice and snow should be brushed, not scraped off.
  • Have any paint nicks or scratches repaired as soon as they occur to protect against corrosion.
  • Should your vehicle’s finish become damaged, have it repaired as soon as possible. Contact your local dealer or a reputable repair shop near you and specify DuPont Imron®. This will assure you the best possible color match and the same durability and appearance as when your trailer was new.