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#1 MyBolens1053 OFFLINE  

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Posted February 03, 2016 - 08:19 PM

Good day to everyone,

 

Now that the blizzard of 2016 has passed my neighbor seems bored. LOL. Actually, I have recruited the young man to help me with restoring this old Bolens Snow Thrower I acquired in May of 2014.

 

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Disassembly, degreasing, scraping and grinding and we have a bent into this project.

 

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The auger was a mess. Bent, bent, bent ... did I mention bent? Well, some heat and a few hammers have it nearly like new.

 

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Progress.

 

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Back to it. Want to get everything primered so I will be ready for warmer days to paint.

 

Enjoy the pics. 


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Posted February 03, 2016 - 08:32 PM

Looking good so far, I restored mine last summer and can say there is a big difference in the way they perform with new bearings and paint!


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Posted February 03, 2016 - 08:43 PM

It may not be a good idea to prime and then paint later, primer is porous and therefore will soak up water from the environment. When this occurs it will no longer be a good base for paint to adhere to, you may get bubbles and slippage when said moisture gets sealed under the paint layers. Worst may be if oxygen also gets trapped then you can get under surface rust which will not show until far to late. Just my opinion but there are sealers that will work for what you want to do and won't have the aforementioned problems. Primer is your most important layer and can ruin any paint job with the smallest of impurities. Good luck and hope this helps.
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Posted February 04, 2016 - 10:38 AM

It may not be a good idea to prime and then paint later, primer is porous and therefore will soak up water from the environment. When this occurs it will no longer be a good base for paint to adhere to, you may get bubbles and slippage when said moisture gets sealed under the paint layers. Worst may be if oxygen also gets trapped then you can get under surface rust which will not show until far to late. Just my opinion but there are sealers that will work for what you want to do and won't have the aforementioned problems. Primer is your most important layer and can ruin any paint job with the smallest of impurities. Good luck and hope this helps.

 

Thank you, Eric. I always welcome any help I can get.

 

I was planning to do just this first coat of primer for now and then when I can move forward with painting to do a light sanding of the primed parts and to prime again to get a smooth surface ready for paint. Would this not be advisable? There are a few spots that have pitted over the years that would leave a few uneven spots on the painted surface that the primer would level out.



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Posted February 04, 2016 - 11:29 AM

Been wanting to paint mine also..  I rebuilt it last fall and thought I would try it out this winter first...  so far,,, not enough snow.. I used the lil-pup  2 cycle and a broom.. Thats been enough...   Hope it stays that way..!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Posted February 04, 2016 - 03:14 PM

If you're not going to paint (topcoat ) right away , I suggest an epoxy primer. It is expensive , but it works. Unlike regular primer it's not porous. It will have to be sanded lightly to add additional finish if it's older than a few days. It's a 2 part system that uses catalyst to cure it.

Or paint the parts sooner than later to lessen the chances of water contamination.

Good luck.


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Posted February 04, 2016 - 10:24 PM

Sorry I didn't get back sooner, I would recommend a sealent coat even just white or gray paint to protect that metal. You could then later scuff and re prime and paint. All primer is made to let paint adhere to it hence has a more porus surface that not only allows paint to adhere better but unfortunately let's environmental contaminates in that can cause significant problems for you later. Painting can be a rewarding experience but can also drive the impatient man nuts, good luck and hope this works out for you!
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