Originally Posted by Ev in Oregon
Sooo, any suggestions on how to get the rust out of the bumper, especially since it opens only on one end? (I love how these posts take on a life of their own!)
Well, I didn't even try to get all the rust out. I believe that would be an exercise in futility. All I wanted to do was get enough of it out to make the rain gutter installation easy enough.
What I did was park it with the right side raised up (using a stack of leveling blocks) then I power washed the inside of the bumper just to get all the loose stuff out. Then I let it air-dry before putting the rain gutter inside the bumper. That was enough to make the rain gutter fairly easy to install and now the hose simply rides on top of the PVC rather than the rusted steel. I'm sure it will continue to rust from the inside out but when the bumper finally dies, I'll just have it cut off and a new one welded on, assuming I even still have this trailer by then.