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Is a Rusty Plow a Problem?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by olesnowpatrol, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. olesnowpatrol

    olesnowpatrol Member
    Messages: 35

    If so, is there a way to clean it up if you don't have a spare sandblaster system in your garage?
     
  2. Cover Guy

    Cover Guy Senior Member
    Messages: 224

    Snow will stick to it just put a wire brush in a drill clean it up and spray paint it
     
  3. rick502

    rick502 Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 54

    Rust will not only shorten the life of your plow but also plow will not be as efficient as snow won't slide off easily. Probably no need for a sandblaster - just clean off the heavy rust and loose pain with a wire brush. A brush wheel on a grinder or heavy duty drill works well for this,Then prime and paint with heavy duty paint made for rusty metal applications. I like rustoleum.

    How rusty we talkiing here - got a picture?
     
  4. rick502

    rick502 Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 54

    I actually rolled and brushed mine with rustoleum and liked the way it came out. I didn't have access to a sprayer and didn't want to pay more for spray cans, Quart of rustoleum primer and topcoat are 10 bucks each
     
  5. rick502

    rick502 Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 54

    This is how she turned out

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  6. Spucel

    Spucel Senior Member
    Messages: 413

    Turned out real good Rick!
     
  7. rick502

    rick502 Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 54

    THX - got some good advice from forum members
     
  8. olesnowpatrol

    olesnowpatrol Member
    Messages: 35

  9. rick502

    rick502 Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 54

    That is pretty rusty based on picture - definitely check and ensure no rust through or rust hasn't comprimised blade or other parts. Don't know much about Mopar products - other than looking for the usual - rust, frame condition, checking fluids for contamination etc. Check trans fluid - if it smells burnt or is orange walk away. I'd also lok carefully at front end - jack up and look for play in bearings/ball joints etc.
     
  10. pmrcco

    pmrcco Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    check for frame rot through behind the cab, this area is notorious for this

    other than that just do your due diligence on the mechanicals
     
  11. olesnowpatrol

    olesnowpatrol Member
    Messages: 35

    Thanks for the help

    Plow is rusty but solid; works like a charm. Fluids were ok...needs oil change, new plugs (missing on one), etc, etc. but it kept it's temperature just fine the hour drive home. Bought it for $1500 cash. I figure a working 7' plow is worth $1k alone, eh?

    Now to get some accounts/sub jobs. If anyone has any openings on the West side of Madison WI, let me know!

    Thanks again
    ole
     
  12. Spucel

    Spucel Senior Member
    Messages: 413

    Congrats on your new truck! Unless you have any problems this year, you will end up in the green on the transaction. Snow is right around the corner I think....
     
  13. rick502

    rick502 Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 54

    Sounds like you did well, enjoy the new truck!
     
  14. swtiih

    swtiih PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,179


    Looks great, now spray it with fluid film
     
  15. bdlawncare

    bdlawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 276

    Paint it with KBS coatings rust stop, take the rusty flakes off, clean it with degreaser, prep with metal ready and paint.... Its super tough and chip resistant! painted my old snowblower with it this is how it came out...

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