Championtrailers.com offers trailer hubs in a black painted finish or hot dip galvanized for maximum corrosion resistance. You’ll need to ensure that your hubs can withstand any substance or chemical they may be exposed to. This is especially important if you’re planning to use your trailer for marine purposes. Salt water can wreak havoc on hubs, causing them to corrode. Choosing the correct finish for you trailer hubs is more than a matter of visual appearance but one of durability.
Why Galvanized Trailer Hubs?
Galvanization is the process of applying a protective zinc coating to steel or iron, to prevent rusting. The most common method is hot-dip galvanization, in which parts are submerged in a bath of molten zinc.
Galvanizing protects in two ways:
- It forms a coating of corrosion-resistant zinc which prevents corrosive substances from reaching the more delicate part of the metal.
- The zinc serves as a sacrificial anode so that even if the coating is scratched, the exposed steel will still be protected by the remaining zinc.
The galvanization process makes galvanized trailer hubs perfect for boat trailers that are being used in saltwater. Saltwater is extremely corrosive and will destroy your trailer parts if they aren’t protected.
Why Painted Trailer Hubs?
If you do must of your boating in fresh water or you need new hubs for your utility trailer, then painted trailer hubs are the way to go. Fresh water will not damage your trailer parts like saltwater. Paint is sufficient protection against the elements. You don’t need to spend the extra money for galvanized trailer hubs.
Whether you use galvanized or painted trailer hubs, make sure you check them often for wear and damage. When need to replace your trailer hubs or any other trailer part, check ChampionTrailers.com first for the best selection and customer service.