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Painting after fluid film

Discussion in 'Eureka Fluid Film' started by SharpBlades, Nov 7, 2013.

  1. SharpBlades

    SharpBlades Senior Member
    Messages: 366

    I just pulled my spreader out of storage for this year after the summer and there's quite a bit of rust on it. I fluid filmed it last year before I put it in storage and the fluid film is still pretty fresh. What should I do before I go ahead and give it a quick once over with spray paint?
     
  2. oldmankent

    oldmankent PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,318

    I would think you need to clean the fluid film off completely to get any paint to stick.
     
  3. Fantastic

    Fantastic Senior Member
    Messages: 187

    I believe just some mild soap, like a car wash soap, and a little scrubbing should take care of it.
     
  4. maelawncare

    maelawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    Thats the only thing I hate about fluid film. Its a pain to get off and dust sticks to it like crazy.
     
  5. Super Mech

    Super Mech Member
    Messages: 51

    Rent a hot water pressure washer if you don't have one or know someone who has one. That and some citrus degreaser should do the trick.
     
  6. Fantastic

    Fantastic Senior Member
    Messages: 187

    I never thought about some citrus... That would probably work well!!!

    I wonder how orange hand cleaner would work?? Like GoJo or Fast Orange.
     
  7. Super Mech

    Super Mech Member
    Messages: 51

    I think the hand cleaners might be too mild. FF is lanolin wax based. Wax being the key word here. You are going to need some hot water to break that stuff down. Liquid degreasers will work better as they can flow into the nooks and crannies of the spreader. The paint won't stick if there is wax left on there. Clean it good and sand the rust down to bare metal and use a good metal primer. Painting is 95% preparation and 5% application.
     
  8. SharpBlades

    SharpBlades Senior Member
    Messages: 366

    What I ended up doing was sanding it, then cleaning it with gasoline before painting. Everything still looks good.