At A American Container, we are committed to providing our customers with the highest quality shipping containers available. We understand that when it comes to buying or renting a shipping container, you want to make sure you get the best storage solution for your needs. That’s why we go through a rigorous process (to say the least) when it comes to processing our shipping containers before they are sold or rented out.
In this guide, our team gives you a glimpse into the integrity we put into processing our used cargo containers to get them ready for you to rent or buy.
Getting Ready for the Lot: Our Process
At our lot, we take pride in ensuring that every shipping container goes through a thorough cleaning process before it reaches its new owner.
A American Container is the only company in Tampa Bay that processes EVERY container before selling them.
Preparing a steel container involves more than just washing it down and patching up any rust spots—there are a few additional things we complete to ensure your container is in top-notch condition.
Let’s take a look at just how we do it!
The first step in processing a shipping container is to clean it thoroughly inside and out. This involves using a high-pressure hose to remove any lose rust, dirt, or debris.
If needed we also sanitize the container with specialized disinfectants to eliminate any bacteria or pests that may be present. We will also apply a rust inhibitor before painting to ensure rust cannot spread or grow in the future.
Inspection & Welding
Once we have power washed and cleaned the container, then it’s time to inspect the container thoroughly for any damages or defects. This includes checking the exterior and interior of the container for rust, dents, holes, or leaks. We also examine the doors and seals to ensure they are functioning correctly.
We never use patching tape for any holes that we find, we always weld holes with steel for a secure fix that will stand the test of time (and Florida’s humidity!)
Adhering to WWT Regulations
We take the IICL’s WWT (Wind & Watertight) regulations seriously and ensure that all containers meet their standards before they leave our lot.
Wind and watertight (WWT) simply means that the shipping container is structurally sound and able to keep out wind and water.
A wind and watertight container will have no holes, leaks, or other structural issues that could compromise its ability to keep your belongings safe from the elements. This means that your container is ready to stand up to Florida’s weather immediately upon delivery. Nice!
For A American Containers rental fleet and customers who want their container painted. Once any repairs and a thorough cleaning are complete, the exterior is repainted using high-quality paint designed specifically for shipping containers. This not only gives them a fresh new look but also protects against rust and corrosion.
We use a four-step painting process at A American Container:
- Pressure washing is used to remove rust and dirt from every surface.
- A rust inhibitor is spot primed on any rusty spots.
- To ensure that the exterior coat sticks to the container, a marine-grade primer is applied.
- The external coat of marine-grade paint is applied in the color of your choice.
Note: Our standard color is light gray but custom colors are available as well. Simply call us & we’ll talk about all your options.
We also offer customization options such as shelving, electricity & HVAC, locking mechanisms, and door or window modifications depending on your needs.
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A American Container – Your Reliable Source for On-Site Storage
Ready to buy or rent a shipping container for your business? When you choose A American Container as your supplier for a shipping container, you can rest assured that you’re getting a high-quality product. We don’t just sell containers—we provide peace of mind knowing that your storage solution is secure and protected from the elements.
Contact our friendly sales team for a 20’ or 40’ container quote today!