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Refreshing Equipment - need opinions

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by Moonlighter, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. Moonlighter

    Moonlighter Senior Member
    Messages: 643

    As the title states I would like some opinions on the best ways to refresh used equipment. Last year I stripped down my plow rig, ground and wired all the parts down to bare metal, and primed and painted it all. While it came out looking good it took a lot of time to do it, this year I picked up another plow and a few more pieces of equipment. So in the spring it will be time to refresh some more equipment and I am looking for some easier or less time consuming ways in which to do these projects.

    A few of the ways I am looking into are
    1. Sandblasting - I have herd that it works pretty good, with right equipment but you need to protect yourself with like a blast suit. As well as buy all the materials and equipment.

    2. Paint stripper then wire or blast-

    3. Take it all to a blast shop and pay payup

    There are probably more but right now I can't think of them, so I was wondering what works good for everyone, and what kind of equipment works best. Or should I just bite the bullet and pay a shop to do it and go make money. Thanks in advance for any and all opinions.
     
  2. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,382

    I just had my salter blasted (by a shop) and after I primed it with self etching primer, painted it, it looks brand spanking new! I started to sand blast it myself with a friends blaster but it took forever and several bags of sand and only got 1/4 of it done in probably 5 hours of time. I took it to a blasting shop and only paid $45.00 to have it gone over. To me it was well worth the 45 bucks! Just remember, right tool for the right job!

    Those little 40-60lb sand blaster's you can buy from Harbor Freight, Northern Tool etc. are a joke and made more for spot blasting and the compressor you need to run them are big $$$$$. My friends brand new 80 gallon commercial compressor didn't keep up.
     
  3. no lead

    no lead PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,308

    what is your time worth? paying a pro is a lot faster, plus you dont have to buy all the stuff and learn the ropes.

    in MI you can get a plow blasted and powder coated for about $250.