What is the best product for coating a wood deck on my trailer?
I recently purchased a 7′ x 12′ triton ATV trailer, deck replaced approximately one year ago with 3/4 treated plywood which is in good shape.
My question is two fold in that:
1) I wish to coat the wood deck to increase life expectancy and increase traction, which of your products would best serve ?
2) I would prefer to roll on product as would have to do project in my shop, temp is to cold to perform outside and am concerned about overspray.
Our SL&C bedliner products adhere well to treated plywood, so they would probably be your most affordable option. While the Diamondback Ultra Liner is our most durable general application product, it is available in Black only, and is a bit more expensive. The standard products can be applied most simply in either Black, or a shade of Grey, but can be Custom Color options as well.
For your trailer, you would need to cover 84 sq ft, so it all comes down to how thick you want to apply. A typical truck bed liner is recommended to apply at 63 mil if you want lasting durability. Many products like Herculiner state coverages which are far less than this, so the decision is yours to make. We would recommend between 50 and 60 mil for your project (thicker is always better). Unlike Herculiner or similar, our products don’t shrink as they cure. This means that you will find it is simply impossible to get any greater coverage at the same mil height. For 50 mil, you would require 2.62 gallons, and for 60 mil, you would need 3.14 gallons. While our Compact Truck Bedliner Kit would suffice for light duty use, it would only cover at about 35 mil. We would probably recommend the Compact Truck Bedliner – Pro Kit, which is twice as much product. With the second option, you would have more than enough for a professional quality job.
NOTE: All our standard kits include a 50/50 liquid/powder ratio. The Poly Powder is part of the total number of gallons listed. While not required, the Poly Powder allows you to thicken the coating to suit your specific needs for thicker single coat application, and to texture as you like.
You would be able to roll this product easily, versus spraying if you like. The downsides of rolling are generally that it ends up with more texture (not a problem in your case), and that you have to wait longer between coats to avoid disturbing the partially cured first coat. If you plan to use a roller, we would recommend you simply purchase 2 of the Truck Bedliner – No Gun kits.