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Old 06-23-2021, 11:02 AM   #1
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I did a quick search, but didn't find what I was looking for.

Any one use motor oil for treating trailer decking? I did this a couple of years ago. Used roughly 50/50 oil to diesel. It did well and still looked good but the decking is pretty slick when wet. It is time to reapply. What should I do differently?
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Old 06-23-2021, 11:12 AM   #2
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Old 06-23-2021, 11:15 AM   #3
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I use motor oil. It doesn't stay slick for very long.
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Old 06-23-2021, 11:26 AM   #4
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Motor Oil, brush it on and let it sit? curious
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Old 06-23-2021, 11:31 AM   #5
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Interested as well. The boards on my new trailer have dried out enough where they will absorb whatever is needed


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Old 06-23-2021, 11:35 AM   #6
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used oil?
would it matter if if it was full Synthetic ?
sorry, just needing to do the same to mine, and really thinking of the oil way..
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Old 06-23-2021, 11:44 AM   #7
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I used straight motor oil. Not slippery at all after a few days in the sun.
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Old 06-23-2021, 11:45 AM   #8
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The trailer guy I rent from uses some type of flat paint or flat primer.

Ive noticed any wood painted with gloss, semigloss, satin, eggshell that gets wet and sits horizontally rots faster because the stuff innthe sheen that causes water beading also doesnt allow the wood to cure properly after getting wet.

The former PPG store manager in RR is from Puerto Rico. I asked him why tropical houses and woods are painted in flats instead of semigloss, etc…he said vapor transfer and sun.
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Old 06-23-2021, 11:56 AM   #9
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Here's another vote for used motor oil.
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Old 06-23-2021, 11:57 AM   #10
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Used motor oil and a mop


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Old 06-23-2021, 11:59 AM   #11
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I use a mixture of used oil and diesel.
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Old 06-23-2021, 12:33 PM   #12
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what does the diesel do more then the oil??
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Old 06-23-2021, 12:52 PM   #13
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good idea, mine is drying out too.
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Old 06-23-2021, 01:07 PM   #14
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I have used oil once because it was recommended on here...
Never again...
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Old 06-23-2021, 01:20 PM   #15
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I have used oil once because it was recommended on here...
Never again...
Any particular reason why?
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Old 06-23-2021, 01:26 PM   #16
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what does the diesel do more then the oil??
Thins it out?
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Old 06-23-2021, 01:30 PM   #17
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I used some of this I had left over from my shop, put a couple of coats on and water just beads up on the wood. Does the same for concrete, oil, water, fuel, just beads up and wipes off. Not sure how long it will last but its been pretty good so far, and not slick at all.

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Old 06-23-2021, 01:44 PM   #18
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what does the diesel do more then the oil??

It thins it out and helps it soak in better
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Old 06-23-2021, 01:45 PM   #19
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what does the diesel do more then the oil??

It thins it out and helps it soak in better .
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Old 06-23-2021, 01:49 PM   #20
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This is what I do.

Or a piece of pipe with a rag zip tied to the end.

Wait for a few good days of sun, mop on and let it dry. It will be slick for a few days but afterward good to go. I have a 16' trailer with an oiled deck that was done around 1995-97 thats still solid
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Old 06-23-2021, 03:38 PM   #21
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There is a product called Restore. You can get it in different textures. I'm not sure how well it will stick with the used motor oil you already used on it. Actually, probably not well and since you used the old motor oil in the past you probably ought to stick with that.
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Old 06-23-2021, 03:39 PM   #22
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ready seal and a 7$ sprayer from home depot... all for 50$ and it takes 15 mins to spray,, no brushing required
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Old 06-23-2021, 05:00 PM   #23
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Any particular reason why?
I had a pm asking same thing.

It just makes your trailer a mess. Dirt sticks to it. Anything you put on it will have oil soaked dirt on the bottom of it.
I normally just use mine to haul my ranger and hunting gear to the lease. Oil would get on my coolers and then somehow get on me. I have tracked it in my camper...Never again...
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Old 06-23-2021, 05:07 PM   #24
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I had a pm asking same thing.

It just makes your trailer a mess. Dirt sticks to it. Anything you put on it will have oil soaked dirt on the bottom of it.
I normally just use mine to haul my ranger and hunting gear to the lease. Oil would get on my coolers and then somehow get on me. I have tracked it in my camper...Never again...
This...

I did my wood deck car hauler and hated it but I could see it working for other things.

So I would say oil is fine depending on the use.
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Old 06-23-2021, 05:07 PM   #25
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I use a mop from the Dollar Store and used oil when i change oil in my truck. Within a week in the sun it has completely soaked in. i do it at least once a year
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This trailer has had used oil applied twice and is apparently ready for another.

I guess don't over coated it. I use maybe 2 quarts on 14x83

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Old 06-23-2021, 06:42 PM   #27
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I just got rid of the wood and replaced it with aluminum bleacher planks. I will never have to replace that trailer floor again!!!!

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Old 06-23-2021, 07:58 PM   #28
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I did mine over 2 years ago.
Now, I admit it wasnt I light coat. I put it on with a small mop.
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Old 06-23-2021, 08:50 PM   #29
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Motor oil/diesel. After a few days in the sun the boards are good...
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Old 06-23-2021, 09:02 PM   #30
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I have used oil once because it was recommended on here...

Never again...


Haha, I can't say never again.....but I did so with used diesel motor oil after reading it here-



Then replaced all the boards a year or so later.

They were rotting out even though I paid extra for treated and even though I layered own the used diesel oil twice. Tt didn't matter, they rotted anyways.



I coated my new treated boards with a stained Thompson water seal I picked up on the mismatched paint isle at home-de-lowes.



Its a little more beat now due to use.



My new tact is to store the trailer at an decent angle so the water doesn't sit flat when not in use.

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Old 06-23-2021, 09:12 PM   #31
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Haha, I can't say never again.....but I did so with used diesel motor oil after reading it here-

Then replaced all the boards a year or so later.
They were rotting out even though I paid extra for treated and even though I layered own the used diesel oil twice. Tt didn't matter, they rotted anyways.

I coated my new treated boards with a stained Thompson water seal I picked up on the mismatched paint isle at home-de-lowes.

My new tact is to store the trailer at an decent angle so the water doesn't sit flat when not in use.
I just meant I would never use oil again.
Like TreyRo said, I am sure it has its uses, but if you handle anything you put on the trailer, I personally would never recommend it.
I would use it on a stock trailer.
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Old 06-23-2021, 09:29 PM   #32
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Engine oil. Motors are electric... they use grease. I would apply engine oil. On a hot couple of days. Let it sit. Best decision you'll make for you trailer. I used new oil. As I wanted the light color to it. I did not mix diesel as an accelerant
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Old 06-23-2021, 09:38 PM   #33
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Worst decision I made, but ok...lol.
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Old 06-23-2021, 10:44 PM   #34
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Used motor oil and diesel at 2:1. Thin enough to soak in and not get slimy, apply liberally and sun bake.

Also install your boards with the end grain arched so water wont puddle.


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Old 06-24-2021, 12:41 AM   #35
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I have always used old motor oil as stated above. I will soon have to replace the plywood on my 12 foot trailer that was installed in about 1991. It does have some bad places because Dad decided it need to be coated (it was pretty dried out) and didn't have any motor oil. He had some used peanut oil so he used that. The trailer was in the pasture and his horse decided plywood was pretty tasty with peanut oil dressing. Some burnt motor oil over the peanut oil changed his mind about eating the trailer deck. It can get slick and messy if it has not soaked in good. I wish I could find some bleachers.
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Old 06-24-2021, 01:39 AM   #36
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On the farm we used motor oil, recycled used oil, hydraulic fluid, transmission fluid etc. to seal wood. Mix it with mineral spirits from the paint store and mop it on with a kitchen mop. It will collect dirt dust and grime, but the trailers were work trailers. The floors, side boards all were coated with it. They were EPA nightmares. LOL
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Im in the "Never Again" crowd for the exact same thing as Rubi513.

After i change my trailer boards when Lumber comes down, I'm going a very different route.
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Old 06-24-2021, 04:37 AM   #38
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It thins it out and helps it soak in better
I see thanks!
i guess i'll be buying a gallon of diesel
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Old 06-24-2021, 04:44 AM   #39
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wish i could find some bleacher planks ...
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Old 06-24-2021, 08:30 AM   #40
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We always used boiled linseed oil.
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Old 06-25-2021, 02:40 PM   #41
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I did a quick search, but didn't find what I was looking for.

Any one use motor oil for treating trailer decking? I did this a couple of years ago. Used roughly 50/50 oil to diesel. It did well and still looked good but the decking is pretty slick when wet. It is time to reapply. What should I do differently?
As noted in my original post, I went 50/50 motor oil to diesel. This time I went straight motor oil.

For those who have used the same, do you put on one sloppy thick coat or do you put on 2 or more thinner coats?
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Old 06-25-2021, 02:47 PM   #42
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Wood defender is very good
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I treat all of my trailers once every 2 years with used oil. I have 4 trailers, some going on 8 years, and all the wood is in great shape.
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Boiled Linseed Oil and diesel fuel. Mix it about 40 oil and 60 fuel. Put it on with a paint roller.
Works great and I have been doing it for years.

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Old 06-26-2021, 01:37 AM   #45
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My neighbor does this and swears by it
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Old 06-26-2021, 08:40 AM   #46
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I use motor oil. When I change the oil in one of our vehicles I mop it on and let it sit in the sun.. i don't care if there's a little residue my 4 wheeler is usually muddy when I come home from the lease..
After 4 or 5 treatments I lightly pressure washed the deck and 90 % of the residue came off just leaving the oil that soaked in..
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Old 06-27-2021, 08:33 AM   #47
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Do you guys change the boards your self when they get too bad or are there places that replace them?
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Old 06-27-2021, 09:46 AM   #48
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I used old motor oil once.I'll never do it again.If you ever gotta lay down on it,it'll get all over you.I was changing a drive belt on a mower,and looked like I worked at jiffy lube,when I got done..The boards were in good shape when I did it,and it never did absorb it all.Maybe put 2 quarts on 6x12 boards.
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Do you guys change the boards your self when they get too bad or are there places that replace them?

Change myself.
You can either cut off (grinder) the ~1 flat bar at the end holding them down then re-weld or use a jack in the center to put a hefty bow in and slide underneath.
Ive done it both ways, cutting the 1 flat bar was easier for me. Putting a huge bend in a 12-14 board gets sketchy. I would say the longer the board the less sketchy that option would be.


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Old 06-27-2021, 09:58 PM   #50
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Used motor oil.
I've got a 10' flat bed that I bought new 21 years ago, still has the original wood. All I've done is treat them with motor oil a few times.
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