1. Missed the live Ask the Expert event?
    Catch up on the conversation with Ken Hutcheson, President of U.S. Lawns in the Franchising forum plus sign up to receive a FREE eBook on how to grow your landscape business.

    Dismiss Notice

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: 68

    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: 21,653

    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: 68

    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
    Messages: 11,029



Share This Page