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Non-stick coating testing beginning this week

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by 997Gene, May 7, 2010.

  1. 997Gene

    997Gene LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    Hi all,

    First time posting but have been reading, learning for some time. I have a 997 Zero turn and mow about 7 acres every week. Had to mow some wet spots earlier and was shocked at the build up. Must have taken 30 lbs scraping the deck.

    I searched for the answer to this dilema and the most common reply is Fluid Film. It may prove to be the best but it's not immediately dry so that makes me wonder. I'm an engineer and wanted to prove what is the best. This is not a scientific test, and your results may vary.:dancing:

    First thing I did take the deck off and wash the bottom, spent a bunch of time prepping the metal and just got done with my first coat of POR15. I wanted to start with a smooth hard surface and this stuff is tuff as nails. Will put second coat on in a few hours. I also metal prepped and POR15'd the blades, here why:

    I want to do the testing on the blades first. I'm afraid that if I coat the deck with something that doesn't work, then it may stop the adhesion of what I find is the best. So I will first see what works best to keep the green crud from sticking to the blades. This way I can also make sure it wont eat through the POR15. If anything works on the blades, I would think it should work better on the deck.

    I double bladed my deck this spring, two blades on each spindle, crisscrossed and tack weld to keep them at right angles. This gives me plenty of surfaces to work with. The green crud was almost quarter inch thick on the blades near the spindles and it was even on all the blades. I've notched the blades so I can keep track of what product I used where.

    So what coatings am I going to try? I did as many hours of research and ended up deciding on the following:

    Fluid Film
    Liquid Wrench Silicone spray
    Dupont Teflon Silicone Lubricant
    Dupont Teflon Molti-use dry wax lubricant
    Dri slide dry film lubricant with moly and graphite
    Sprayon Premium mold release PTFE
    Carnuba car wax
    Meguiars Gold Class Car wax
    and finally - nothing - just the POR15 paint

    Yes, I know there is other stuff I could try. Pam would seam to be a very short term solution and I'm looking for something that will last. I went by what will repel moisture and remain slick. This is all stuff I could get my hand on in two days.

    I will coat 1/2 of each blade top and bottom with 2 coats of each product. I listed 9 tests above, that leaves me three open blade halves because I'm double bladed. Any suggestions? Need them fast. I have an above ground hoist in my shop so I can easily check the results on a weekly basis. Once I've figured out what works best, I will take the deck off scrub it clean and coat the whole thing.

    If nothing works, I will be dissappointed to say the least:cry: If I find the answer it will be easier for all of us:drinkup:

    What do ya think?

    MS_SURVEYOR LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,002

    Sure! I like the idea. Will be looking forward to the results.
  3. 997Gene

    997Gene LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    Yea, I hope I learn something here and end up ahead. I cleaned and painted the bottom of a different deck years ago with hardware store paint, what a waste of time that was. Swore I'd never do it again but here I am. I've had some car experience with POR15, it's incredible stuff. Now, if I can just figure out what it will take to keep anything from sticking to it for more than a week or two, I'll be thrilled!
  4. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,274

    I want to see the results!
  5. dwost

    dwost LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,667

    Funny, I just posted this up. I say skip the others, Fluid Film is my vote! http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=316179

    On a side note, I may paint my deck this winter. What color did you use or did you use the clear? I'm leaning toward black. Also, did you spray it or brush it on? TIA!
    Last edited: May 8, 2010
  6. 997Gene

    997Gene LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    I used the high gloss black and brushed it on. No clear. A little goes a very long way. I have a 5 foot deck, did 2 coats on the deck and the blades and didn't even use a quarter of the $47 quart!!!! Make sure you use the POR metal prep too. The rest will probably go to waist as it's time sensitive, once you open it you only have so long to use it. Get it on your hands and you will have to wear it off, it's there to stay. Get it in the rim if the can and put the lid back on and you end up with a can with no opening!
  7. TennisBum

    TennisBum LawnSite Member
    Messages: 185

    CLEAN DECK or MowerGuard both work well.
  8. The Rookie

    The Rookie LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    I have heard graphite paint works. But I don't believe anything will work for more than 10 hours of mowing.
  9. dwost

    dwost LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,667

    Thanks Gene, that's good info. I may tackle this over the winter. Let us know how it holds up over the summer.
  10. 997Gene

    997Gene LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    What can you tell me about these products? Are they a deck paint or a spray on overcoat? Have you used them? How long does an application of it last?



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