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Old 02-09-2013, 08:13 PM
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How to paint a Mower

For the purist out there, this is not for you. In the space of one weekend (or day) you can revitalize a beat up mower. The deck we are looking at was done by me 4 years ago. Medium use after that. Tools required:

1) Drill with wire brush

2) Small Sander

3) Angle Grinder

You can get away with just a drill and wire brush if you need to.
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Old 02-09-2013, 08:15 PM
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First step is to pull off everything you don't want to paint or that will get in the way. KEEP ALL THE PARTS TOGETHER.
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Old 02-09-2013, 08:24 PM
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Next, wire brush, sand (60 grit), grind the surfaces. If I can't get the loose paint off with the brush or paper I just grind. You can see some of the really tight areas with rust, I just do the best i can with them. This is not a factory finish. You can continue sanding with finer grit if you want to, the more prep the better the end result will be.
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Old 02-09-2013, 08:32 PM
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Tape you bolt heads, etc. Looks better. Two coats of Self Etching Primer. Why? From the little bit of research I have done, Self Etching primer provides better contact on bare metal.
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Old 02-09-2013, 08:33 PM
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2 Coats of Paint
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2 Coats of clear coat , and truck liner on the side and mulch plate (background)
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Old 02-09-2013, 08:38 PM
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Finished Product. Yes it is a different mower, I did this one last weekend. Only the front frame and deck were done on both mowers as they looked the worst. I did not paint the interior of the deck simply because it was still in decent shape. Just blue tape and cut around your existing stickers. I removed the tape before I sprayed on the clear coat. Muffler did get another coat after this picture.
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Old 02-09-2013, 08:42 PM
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Muffler done with grill paint, I have since learned that there is a Very High Heat exhaust paint available from Autozone. We'll see how the grill paint holds up. Gas tank and engine shroud done with flat black trim paint.( Glossy does not look good). That's it, we'll see how the exmark does this year as it it an every day mower. I will post pics of the Snapper when I get it back together.
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:45 PM
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How to paint a Mower

Looks good! I did the same thing to my mower last year and used the same primer. The paint looks pretty good other than some wear in normal areas. It's obviously not as good as powder coating, but is inexpensive and looks better than being scratched all to hell.
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Old 02-10-2013, 01:25 AM
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I use a twisted wire wheel on a grinder, blasts off the paint easily. I take mine down to bare metal when I do them. Etching primer is best for bare metal, but it needs to be primed over with regular primer before painting. I buy my paint from sherwin-williams automotive and spray it with a hvlp gun.
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