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Morning all, picked up my new beaters trailer project last night, and first job is a  new floor. Hoping to use ply (for cheapness!) I want to water proof the under side before using it, so what is the best product to use? 

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Is there not a type of stick on plastic film/cladding you could use on the underside of the pre cut (to fit) floor panels? The panels could then be abutted on fitting, using silicon/mastic......

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Don’t put cladding under plywood as it will trap water as B725 as said bitumen on bottom and round the edges that is most important part as water will get in there first if you can get some marine ply all the better but still treat it first

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You could use stockboard instead? It's a bit more expensive than ply but it's made from recycled plastic so it wont rot or suffer from not being waterproof. 

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I wouldn't use plywood, even the marine stuff delaminated when constantly getting wet. Thick enough for flooring is very heavy.

Scaffold boards are better, treat with old engine oil and won't have to worry about them for years.

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9 hours ago, Benthejockey said:

You could use stockboard instead? It's a bit more expensive than ply but it's made from recycled plastic so it wont rot or suffer from not being waterproof. 

I did look at stock board, but I can get marine ply from work for free which kind of makes it a no brainer!

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Yea use marine ply of a decent thickness, dont worry about weight if its being pulled by something bigger than a quad as keeping the centre if gravity low will help its handling 

And I agree about the bitchumin or use schultz under body seal 

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On ‎20‎/‎10‎/‎2019 at 10:09, B725 said:

Several coats of black bitchumin paint should be ok, pre cut the ply wood first. 

what he said on chassis and ply underside pre cut on ply upper side  for cosmetic reasons you could  sift some sharp  sand removing the dust bake the leftovers then chuck into a can o f gloss paint or Aldi metal care paint  stir up and apply with a roller for a non slip finish  tough as hell     have known others use torch on green mineral felt touch      waterproof    and non slip   also cheap might be worth a look 

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On 21/10/2019 at 11:26, Benthejockey said:

You could use stockboard instead? It's a bit more expensive than ply but it's made from recycled plastic so it wont rot or suffer from not being waterproof. 

If you do make sure it is supported about every 18inches as it will eventually distort with temperature changes  It will certainly outlast anything else. Not cheap in the thicker sizes.

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Paint the floor with cheap paint then while still wet throw some sand on top to stop people slipping.

To make better job repaint after it’s dry I done this on floor of boat lasted years 

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at the end of each season , just give it the once over , and keep on top of it , if it needs a touch up in places , job done, that way it should last a a fair few years .

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Why would you not use timber decking boards that you get out of DIY store, give it a good coat of treatment before you fix it down and leave a small gaps between them, 5mm to allow for any water and dirt from foot traffic above, at least this way you will allow air to flow through whilst not in use and it can also be cleaned out at the end of each shoot.

 

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3 hours ago, willj said:

Why would you not use timber decking boards that you get out of DIY store, give it a good coat of treatment before you fix it down and leave a small gaps between them, 5mm to allow for any water and dirt from foot traffic above, at least this way you will allow air to flow through whilst not in use and it can also be cleaned out at the end of each shoot.

 

Not so good when the trailer goes through wet mud and it spits up through the floor.

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also the OP already stated he can get ply for free. 

Just make sure you treat the end grain as well as the underside as has already been said. 

Marine ply is a bit of a marketing gimmick. It's just a different glue. If water gets into the wood it still delaminates all the same. 

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