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Skimastr105
01-10-2007, 11:50 AM
Does anyone have a good, inexpensive, solution for eliminating the rust on a muffler? They seem to rust very quickly and I feel this makes the entire machine look run down and unprofessional.

Thanks

Grass-Masters
01-10-2007, 11:56 AM
Try high temp paint. Just take it off, shoot it, and put it back on.

Total.Lawn.Care
01-10-2007, 12:15 PM
I was gonna suggest the same thing, keep it painted...

SimonCX
01-10-2007, 03:29 PM
I used black spary paint for grills, it's not a gloss finish but it held up very well this year. It was cheaper at the time and I though I'd try it, it worked very well.

Tharrell
01-10-2007, 04:47 PM
Can't paint the inside which is really what matters. Besides, the rust burns off after running it a little while.

Godfather
01-10-2007, 04:59 PM
does fluid film work
?

Total.Lawn.Care
01-10-2007, 05:13 PM
does fluid film work
?

Being what it is and it does not evaporate, I would think it would cause alot of smoke... But who I am to say above the expert.

Dan, where are you??????

jkingrph
01-10-2007, 06:01 PM
Get some OSPHO, converts rust to a hard, difficult to rust compound, then paint with high temp paint.

Skimastr105
01-10-2007, 07:08 PM
Thank you for your input everyone.

carcrz
01-10-2007, 08:15 PM
I sanded them down the other day & painted them w/ BBQ Grill paint. Looks nice for now. We'll see how it holds up.

Jason Rose
01-10-2007, 08:17 PM
Iv'e shot some of the super duper high temp paint that was rated for exhaust manifolds no less, on one of my mufflers. It lasted maybe 10 minutes? Just some nice paint burning smell for a bit and it was gone! Yes it was weeks later that I ran the engine too so it was good and cured.

procut
01-10-2007, 11:53 PM
Iv'e shot some of the super duper high temp paint that was rated for exhaust manifolds no less, on one of my mufflers. It lasted maybe 10 minutes? Just some nice paint burning smell for a bit and it was gone! Yes it was weeks later that I ran the engine too so it was good and cured.

I had the exact same expirience.

lawnguyland
01-11-2007, 09:26 AM
rusty muffler sounds like dirty sanchez

Dano50
01-11-2007, 10:46 AM
Being what it is and it does not evaporate, I would think it would cause alot of smoke... But who I am to say above the expert.

Dan, where are you??????


It's gonna smoke. It's not harmful but it might look like your cars on fire as you drive down the road. :laugh:

RD592
01-11-2007, 01:46 PM
I normally spray wd40 on the muffler at the end of each day, Im sure fluid film would work. It burns off after a couple of minutes once the machine is running.

I have little or no rust on either of my machines.

LarryF
01-11-2007, 02:02 PM
Are mufflers really so expensive you don't want to change the old rusty one. Mowpart has a bunch listed at prices that range between a couple of dollars to 25 bucks.

http://www.mowpart.com/engine-parts-mufflers-c-88_94.html

Jason Rose
01-11-2007, 02:06 PM
Are mufflers really so expensive you don't want to change the old rusty one. Mowpart has a bunch listed at prices that range between a couple of dollars to 25 bucks.

http://www.mowpart.com/engine-parts-mufflers-c-88_94.html

:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

I think we are talking ZTR's here, at least I was with mine. Price tag for a Kohler muffler for a 23hp. Around $275.00. I've replaced MANY as the welds usually break where the heat shield brackets are mounted to the muffler. Glad the new one with the 25hp is bigger and designed differently, don't want to have to buy another one of those any time soon!

Idealtim
01-11-2007, 04:37 PM
I am well aware of how much they cost, my question is why? I could buy most of the exhaust system for my V8 truck for that much.

LarryF
01-11-2007, 04:52 PM
:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

I think we are talking ZTR's here, at least I was with mine. Price tag for a Kohler muffler for a 23hp. Around $275.00. I've replaced MANY as the welds usually break where the heat shield brackets are mounted to the muffler. Glad the new one with the 25hp is bigger and designed differently, don't want to have to buy another one of those any time soon!

Thanks for straightening me out. I have to admit that's very pricey. A lot more than many of the other Kohler mufflers.

http://www.mowpart.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=kohler%20muffler&sort=3a&page=7

For $275, one should expect it to be made of stainless steel and to never rust. Seems odd that they should be so expensive. Maybe Midas should expand and branch into replacing ZTR mufflers.

4curbappeal
01-11-2007, 05:54 PM
Being what it is and it does not evaporate, I would think it would cause alot of smoke... But who I am to say above the expert.

Dan, where are you??????

Yes it does cause quite a bit of smoke! I won't be spraying it on my muffler anymore!

Godfather
01-12-2007, 07:44 PM
But does it stop rust?