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Posted September 19, 2011 - 05:05 AM

Hi Folks

I have to paint my 54 blade as it has lost a lot of paint due to the gravel driveway I plow. It's 6 years old and also needs a new edge which I am going to install after painting.
Is there a more durable product that can be used on these or should I just brush on yellow Tremclad and repaint when needed?

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Posted September 19, 2011 - 08:40 PM

JD, I used to use an Epoxy paint for those tough jobs, but there maybe something better and easier to use now.
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Posted September 19, 2011 - 09:30 PM

If it could be black, the bed liner stuff seemed to last pretty well for me last year. Old blade, bunch of rocks in the snow as well as salt from the road getting plowed into my drive. Moved some gravel with it this year also. I will probably need to do it again before winter, but it held for a year of abuse.
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Posted September 19, 2011 - 09:57 PM

blast it, atleast 3-4 coats of epoxy primer, then you can put a 2 part bedliner on. Some of those you can tint yellow. The snow wont roll off the rough bed liner but it will last longer
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Posted September 20, 2011 - 05:10 AM

Thanks guys. Do you mean the 2 part Epoxy paint that is used for garage floors? We get a lot of wet heavy snow here so I need the blade to stay as slippery as possible. I'll probably stay away from rough coatings for that reason. The blade is not rusted escept maybe for a fine film of surface rust where the paint is gone. With a gravel driveway you end up pushing a lot of rocks and dirt in the snow, particularly at the start of the year when there is no frost in the ground. I used this blade on the x475 to move dirt, mulch, gravel etc but now that I have the loader it is only used for snow. I'll have to see what is out there for a durable coating. Maybe a commercial plow supplier for trucks would have a yellow coating made for blades. I'll see what I can find locally.

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Posted September 20, 2011 - 06:42 AM

I agree,epoxy paint is pretty tough stuff,but that is a pretty abrasive place for paint,so not sure how well it would hold up.

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Posted September 20, 2011 - 09:50 AM

I guess it is a compromise between how long it takes to apply and how long it lasts. I don't want to spend a lot of time on it and then find out that it is no better than Tremclad. I'll see if local suppliers for plowing gear have any suggestions.

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Posted September 20, 2011 - 09:53 AM

You could always line the front in plastic, like we put in our grain truck beds. Stays slick, even after many loads of gravel hauling.
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Posted September 20, 2011 - 09:58 AM

You could always line the front in plastic, like we put in our grain truck beds. Stays slick, even after many loads of gravel hauling.


Thanks Daniel. That just triggered the old brain. I have seen these plastic liners that you put on the blade. I've seen them for ATV blades somewhere. I'll have to see if I can find them again.

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Posted September 20, 2011 - 05:02 PM

How about powder coating it? Kits are cheap and it's fairly easy to use from what I've read. An "oven" can be made out of plywood and a hot plate. I read an article on some other forum, a guy did his mower deck with it.
From what I've read about powder coating, the 3 most important things are preparation, preparation, and preparation.
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Posted September 21, 2011 - 05:01 AM

How about powder coating it? Kits are cheap and it's fairly easy to use from what I've read. An "oven" can be made out of plywood and a hot plate. I read an article on some other forum, a guy did his mower deck with it.
From what I've read about powder coating, the 3 most important things are preparation, preparation, and preparation.


Thanks Gibby. That's something else to check out.

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Posted September 21, 2011 - 10:25 AM

How about roll-on bed liner?

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Posted October 19, 2011 - 04:24 PM

Plenty of ideas there. Can't wait to hear what you decided to go with.

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Posted October 19, 2011 - 05:48 PM

I don't think I have time this year to really give it a good finish. I'll probably end up just giving it a quick coat of yellow to prevent rust. Too much on my list right now and it's soon going to be too cold to paint in my unheated garage. I could need to use it anytime after the first week of November.




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