Easterby Trailers worked closely with coatings specialists from HMG Paints Ltd. and Supertune Automotive Ltd. to produce an eye-catching, 12-tonne trailer for a farm machinery equipment and service show in the UK.

The Driffield, England-based trailer manufacturer decided to embark on the project with long-term coatings supplier, Supertune, and Manchester-based industrial paints manufacturer HMG Paints.

For the topcoat of the trailer body and chassis, the team decided to tap into the vast color library available to HMG Paints and Supertune. In consultation with HMG’s color and styling specialists, who are experienced in designing colors for show cars, a distinctive dark green metallic color was chosen, producing a dazzling finish.

To produce the best possible results, the steel surface of the trailer was thoroughly washed down with HMG Paints’ degreaser before being primed with HMG’s EP2 epoxy primer, which is fast drying and adheres well to steel. The internal surface was coated with HMG’s Monothane 2K polyurethane gloss, black topcoat. This high-performance, direct-to-metal product produces an excellent gloss finish and has excellent adhesion without any need for a primer.

For the eye-catching color, a bespoke, metallic green HMG basecoat was used. This was then over coated with an HMG’s XSC clearcoat. This high specification product is often used by the commercial vehicle and rail industries for its high durability, anti-graffiti, and chemical resistance properties, in addition to its superior, high-gloss finish.

Owners Peter and Dean Easterby began working with coatings distributor Supertune after a long search for an improved overall painting process. With the support of HMG Paints, Easterby Trailers now produces an excellent standard of finish on its trailers. Not only are these finishes aesthetically impressive, they are also so reliable that Easterby Trailers now offer a warranty on the durability on the paint coatings.

HMG Paints’ General Manager of CT & Distribution Martyn Binnington has been heavily involved throughout the project, and is thrilled with the results. “This project has been an incredible success and is a culmination of the hard work put in by everyone from each organization. The stunning trailer produced for the show is indicative of the quality now being achieved at Easterby Trailers and is a testament to the excellent relationships established over the last two years.”

This trailer was on display at the LAMMA Show in Peterbrough, UK, January 22-23. LAMMA is a business exhibition that features all the latest agricultural equipment and service for farmers in the UK.

Tony O’Connor, HMG Paints’ Technical Sales Representative, attended the LAMMA 2014 show and had this to say about how the trailer was received by attendees, “The trailer received an incredibly positive reaction from attendees at the LAMMA 2014 Show. The metallic finish really stood out amongst other agricultural vehicles and passers-by were eager to find out how such an eye-catching finish was achieved. A coating like this is very rare within the agricultural industry, and attendees were clearly taken aback by this prestige trailer.”