Steel Mower Deck

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by mcdansley, Jun 22, 2005.

  1. mcdansley

    mcdansley LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    I just purchased a Snapper WB with a steel deck (best mower I've ever owned). Thru normal use, paint is scrapped off from the underside of the deck. Should I paint the bare metal with Rustoleum to keep it from rusting? I currently clean the underside of the deck after every mowing and spray it with Pam.
  2. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,773

    it wouldn't hurt to cover it up but the paint comes back off in a few weeks...
  3. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    Under any mower deck is like a sand blaster when in use,There is no way I know of how to keep paint on the underside. What little surface rust that may pop up between mowings is just sand blasted right back off. I wouldn't worry at all about it.
  4. Bitter

    Bitter LawnSite Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 69

    i wonder about automotive undercoat, its pretty tough stuff. or that aluminum fence paint, its very thin and wouldnt chip.

    i need to clean the under-decks of mine 2 soon, i'll try undercoat on one of them just to see and let you guys know.
  5. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    I've already tried auto undercoating,It just sand blasted off also. Don't know about this fence post paint you talk of.
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,652

    You paint the wb?

    I mean ... If that 1/4 inch thick industrial paint Toro uses doesn't hold up, I don't know what will.

    Only things I found out help:
    1) Do NOT take the WB to those spray car-washes.
    2) Be careful when mowing and also curb-jumping and around rocks and obstacles.
    3) Get a bottle of touch-up paint and fix the little scratches, but yeah, it comes off soon.
    4) Buy another, new machine, lol.
  7. Bitter

    Bitter LawnSite Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 69

    the fence paint is just called aluminum paint. they spray it onto fences, propane tanks, and grain bins. it holds up for 20+ years in the weather.

    its kind of expensive, but what about powdercoating?
  8. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    Maybe I'm missing something here !!!
    Do you guys craw up under your cars or trucks and clean and wax the underside ?
    I got it !!! Contact NASA I'm sure they have something that will withstand sand blasting. lol
  9. riches139

    riches139 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 369

    Paint or undercoat your deck, then flip your blades upside down.
    Deck will never need painted again! ;)
  10. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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