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Envy Lawn Service
08-16-2005, 12:56 AM
I was just wondering if anyone has sucessfully re-painted an aluminum mower deck? If so, I would like to ask for some tips. I do not know the proper prep process or what the proper materials to use are...

If I am sucessful at overhaulin my Toro, it's certainly going to need something done. The factory paint is coming off in sheets...

I've considered even stripping it bare with the proper products/methods. Then polishing it to a clean dull look and protecting that somehow...
Anything would look better than it does now...

Varsity L&G
08-16-2005, 01:03 AM
1. Remove dirt with a 50/50 water and vinegar solution. This mixture not only cleans but etches the metal so paint will adhere.
2. Apply an exterior latex paint

here are some paints
http://www.texaspaint.com/BMSoftMedGloss.htm

Envy Lawn Service
08-16-2005, 01:11 AM
1. Remove dirt with a 50/50 water and vinegar solution. This mixture not only cleans but etches the metal so paint will adhere.
2. Apply an exterior latex paint

here are some paints
http://www.texaspaint.com/BMSoftMedGloss.htm

Now that cleaning solution makes good sense for the bare surface.
Thanks.

Now, what would be best to use in order to help get off what paint is hanging on?

Also, I checked that link. So are we talking a brush-on/roll on paint?
Will any sprays work?

Varsity L&G
08-16-2005, 01:19 AM
Aircraft stripper will remove anything. You can buy it at Advance, Auto Zone, or Napa.

you could also try this for Paint. You will sell it and it will look the same as when you re-do it http://www.por15.com

Not sure on the other question regarding spray vs brush but I have seen that with the right paint and brush anything will look good if done right. Speak to the guys at the paint store and they can get you the right brushes. I hate rattle canning anything I want the paint to last on.

When we re painted our house int. we had bad brush line and then learned we used the wrong brush for the paint.

Envy Lawn Service
08-16-2005, 01:36 AM
Thanks for the extra help, I appreciate it.

Envy Lawn Service
08-16-2005, 01:44 AM
Oh, and here's a free tip to everyone offering assistance...

Aluminum is not the only challanging material to paint.
Many plastics are also...

I like everything to look nice and uniform when I'm out there.
My Stihl stuff used to clash, so here's what I did so it would look sharp with my red mowers and uniforms.

http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=7446&stc=1

http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=7445&stc=1

This was done with Krylon Fusion paint for plastics.
I didn't take any real big pains with surface prep and it still looks acceptable in it's 3rd season.

vipermanz
08-16-2005, 01:53 AM
Some of these will give you an idea of what you need to get the paint to really adhere to the aluminum http://eastwood.com/shopping/search/searchresultsmain.jsp?fresh=1&searchType=advanced&iMainCat=0&iSubCat=0&attribute14=0&attribute15=0&attribute16=0&RS=1&keyword=etch
i paint aluminum quite frequently but i use either urethane or acrylic enamel, not latex.
how much have you gotten off of the current surface?, most decks are powder coated and can be difficult to clean if not properly equipped. i use either my sandblaster gun or wire wheel on an angle grinder, sand it with 150 +/- grit paper before priming. my painting experience might be more than you want to get into though, after all color and clear coats are applied, i color sand the top coat and polish to a deep lustre using several different compounds. Just ask
joey

Varsity L&G
08-16-2005, 01:56 AM
Fusion paint is great. I used it to do my laptop.

Alot of time and alot of coats and it looks perfect.

vipermanz
08-16-2005, 01:59 AM
http://eastwood.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=1116&itemType=PRODUCT&RS=1&keyword=etch

that's really what you need to look for, try an auto store near you, it's pretty common > http://duplicolor.com/products/adhesion.html

Rayray
08-16-2005, 11:23 AM
do toro mowers have an aluminum deck?? here i though most mower decks were steel,,

Howie's Lawn Care
08-16-2005, 11:55 AM
do toro mowers have an aluminum deck?? here i though most mower decks were steel,,
Almost all residential mowers are steel decks and alot of commercial push mowers too. However, alot of companies make a 21" with an aluminum deck, these are the commercial models. They usually use a Honda or Kawasaki engine too. John Deere, Toro, and Exmark make aluminum decks just to name a few.

Pro-Scapes
08-16-2005, 12:11 PM
I wouldn't repaint it. Personally I would strip it and wirebrush it with a fine wire brush then maybe rub it out a bit with some light sand paper. I love the brushed aluminum look. If you really wanna paint it tho consider and call about pricing to have a body shop shoot it for you. Will look like a factory paint job. If you got more time than money good prep work and color sanding and a several smooth coats are the only way to go.

txlawnking
08-16-2005, 12:22 PM
It's a lot of labor to dissasemble the mower to prep, and kinda pricey for the setup, but Eastwood sells a powerdercoating setup for DYI guys. A friend uses it for Intake manifolds and such, and the results are awesome.

Itsgottobegreen
08-16-2005, 12:24 PM
I would have it glass beaded (like sand blasting but you use glass instead of sand) and then chrome it. That would look cool. :D It would be a "pimp my mower"

Envy Lawn Service
08-16-2005, 06:02 PM
I think I will etch and test paint a few areas with various sprays while I am still wrenching just to see what the results are.

Envy Lawn Service
08-16-2005, 06:07 PM
I wouldn't repaint it. Personally I would strip it and wirebrush it with a fine wire brush then maybe rub it out a bit with some light sand paper. I love the brushed aluminum look.

That was one of my considerations... some sort of matte aluminum finish.
But once the desired result is achieve, I believe it would have to be protected with some sort of product to maintain the appearance...

And I don't know the first thing about what to use.
I would probably look towards aluminum wheel products, which is likely to be wrong.

LawnMowerBoy48
08-16-2005, 07:59 PM
Sand blast or some really good paint stripper. POR-15 is some of the best paint I have ever used. It flat out does not come off. I used it to paint a 1931 model A coupe chasis, had paint on my hands for a good 10 days after I finished.

CELS
08-16-2005, 08:30 PM
If the casting is not too rough, you could always try polishing. I might try one of my Deere's this winter.

Envy Lawn Service
08-16-2005, 08:52 PM
Sand blast or some really good paint stripper. POR-15 is some of the best paint I have ever used. It flat out does not come off. I used it to paint a 1931 model A coupe chasis, had paint on my hands for a good 10 days after I finished.

This POR-15 sounds like some good stuff.
I need to give that avenue more attention.