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Best cost effective way to seal floor in a cargo trailer

Anyone sealed their floor in their enclosed trailer?? I'm not sure if paint is best. Looking at the expoxy seal used on garage floors but it seems to be for concrete only. What about the "hot tire" issue on most of the floor paints disclosures?

The Rhino Liner bed liner route seems expensive.

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Rhino is real easy to roll on a floor. And can be found in the Auto parts stores for about the same as the other floor paints and a lot tougher.

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I didn't know there was a roll on version of Rhino liner. I always thought it was sprayed on with heat.

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Yes in cans. I did a trailer, Plastic top carrier, and it stuck real nice. Made the top tougher. Try your local auto shops if not there try on line.

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I didn't know there was a roll on version of Rhino liner. I always thought it was sprayed on with heat.
Have never seen Rhino, there is a Hecules (I think) that is paint on.

Rhino is expensive, and to be honest I do not know if moisture coming through the wood just might not make it let go. Could check with the dealer. I have it in my pick-up and love it.

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Why not mix up a batch of fiberglas resin (no fiberglas, just the goop) and paint or roll that on?

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I haven't thought about that possibility.

Wonder what the cost would be to cover 120 sf??

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An issue with epoxy is that if the wood floor can absorb moisture from the other side, it will expand and shrink depending on the moisture content. The epoxy will not. It will crack or flake off.

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We have been hauling bikes in trailers since the mid 70's. Mostly motocross but street bikes on rare occasions. There is always the temptation to make your trailer "pretty" and we have fallen into that mindset on a trailer or two. NEVER again.

Advice from someone who has been doing this for decades. For the floor, forget pretty. Plain plywood is a great way to go. It's pretty much anti-skid, even when it's wet or when your boots are wet. You won't faint if you drop something heavy on it and you won't get pissed off at yourself or your buddy if you or he he accidentally scratches the **** out of it. From my experience plain plywood is far better than your pretty floor trailer, be it vinyl tile (with the BORING black and white checkerboard you see on the NASCAR wannabe guy's trailer), rino type sprays (stupid expensive), and paint/coatings of all and any type.

In my humble opinion a pretty trailer floor is pretty stupid, from a practical and safety standpoint.
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