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#1 farmerall ONLINE  

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Posted August 15, 2015 - 03:00 PM

Yesterday I decided to do some work to the 1220 I bought a month ago and haven't sold yet.

 

The tractor is in nice shape but dirty from sitting for many years. So I decided to start cleaning the surface rust and dirt off of the hood. After a few minutes the paint started to look white again and soon the whole hood was looking better. I had to stop when I ran out of wd40.

 

The pictures below show before and after cleaning the hood. Now all that is left is the rest of the tractor.

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Edited by farmerall, August 15, 2015 - 03:01 PM.

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Posted August 15, 2015 - 03:32 PM

Nice job Matt,I'm sure you will get the rest of it done


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Posted August 15, 2015 - 03:47 PM

  ran out of wd40 ??  why wd40 when cleaning paint ?


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Posted August 15, 2015 - 04:22 PM

  ran out of wd40 ??  why wd40 when cleaning paint ?

 

I forget where I heard it but wd40 and a scotchbrite pad can be used to clean the surface rust off. Sort of like using steel wool but not quite as abrasive.

 

This only works to clean the light rust off, if there is heavy rust or surface pitting it won't work. Also I can't say that it's the right way to do it but it has worked for me in the past and I haven't noticed any negative effects.


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Posted August 15, 2015 - 05:57 PM

I use WD as well, also good for getting greasy fingerprints etc off the tinwork and a light oil coating prevents surface rust reoccurring. 


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Posted August 15, 2015 - 05:58 PM

Only problem I can see is when/if you ever decide to repaint it there may be a problem of the new paint sticking to the WD 40 treated area.  May have to strip it or blast it down to bare metal and start over.


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Posted August 15, 2015 - 08:12 PM

Have you tried this stuff for rust removal? I use this stuff on everything and it works great. Not sure it would be so great to use in the example given here, due to the paint, but as a paralell to this topic, I thought it was worth a mention. BTW, the Bolens is looking good!

http://www.lowes.com...8-QJPP00717_0__


Edited by backyardtinker, August 15, 2015 - 08:13 PM.

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Posted August 15, 2015 - 08:29 PM

When you go to paint - just rub it over with wax & grease remover, paint sticks well


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Posted August 15, 2015 - 08:30 PM

Soapy SOS pads work great for getting some of the grunge off.
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Posted August 15, 2015 - 10:49 PM

Subscribed! That hood looks great after the wd40 and scotch brite, I'll have to try it on my 1254.


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Posted August 15, 2015 - 11:25 PM

Only problem I can see is when/if you ever decide to repaint it there may be a problem of the new paint sticking to the WD 40 treated area. May have to strip it or blast it down to bare metal and start over.

My brother worked in a body shop for a Ford dealer for 33yrs.
One of the dirtiest tricks one could pull was spraying WD40 or silicon spray in the shop. Guaranteed fish eyes in the paint!

Edited by JD DANNELS, August 15, 2015 - 11:26 PM.

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Posted August 15, 2015 - 11:34 PM

Looking good! Nice job! :thumbs:


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Posted August 18, 2015 - 02:51 PM

Here are some recent pictures of the 1220, haven't got around to anymore cleaning done though.

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