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You're starting to know me John. Am I that predictable?
There is a great paint on the market. It's even brake fluid proof. It MUST be applied wearing a respirator. Even outdoors, you NEED the respirator. It's nasty stuff, and VERY TOXIC, but it is the absolute best. The last time I bought it it was $30 a quart. In fact, I haven't painted my plow in 4 years. It holds up that good.
It contains isocyanates (sp?). They are nasty, because they build up in your body, the same way lead does. Paint thinner won't take this stuff off your hands. Aircraft paint stripper, takes 17 hours to soften it. Acid even takes hours before it starts to eat at it.
It's an MCU (Moisture Cured Urethane). There is a primer version, that you can paint right over rust with. Unlike all the products that claim to "seal" rust, this stuff really does. You can even use it to seal pinholes in gas tanks. A few coats to build it up to about 8 mils is best. Then you apply the top coat version. It comes clear, but you can add pigmanets to it to make it any color you want. They also sell it in black, but you could just add black pigment to the clear coat. The primer doesn't hold up to UV rays, so any topcoat will work over it. For the best results, you need to use the primer, then your color, then the top coat. I gave my plow 2 coats of clear, with a brush so I could lay it on thicker. The more you "build" with this stuff, the longer it will last.
You can't buy it in stores, and it's for "industrial use only". I got mine at a swap meet, at Raceway Park in Englishtown NJ. There was a dealer in West Milford, but I can't locate him now. Let me try to find more info about where to get it, as my supply has dwindled.
Oh yeah, this stuff passes a salt spray test with flying colors. I mean about 32 hours of salt spray, with no adverse affects. A salt spray test is when you gouge an X in the painted surface down into the metal. It is then sprayed with salt for hours on end....
Hey Chuck I think he's just painting a plow not the space shuttle,also he would like to be alive and using his plow when he was finished not quarentined in some hospital for exposure to toxic substances.
To our Iowa friends: Thanks for my LOL of the day! Maybe we should send Chuck down to NASA. They could sure use his help. Nah... Lets keep him here with us, we'd appreciate it more, and they'd end up wasting his talents. Think snow!!!
iowastorm is right. You want those fancy stickers on a nice smooth surface! Finnegan asked about the best, and MCU is the best. It's not that bad. So what if I can't bend the fingers on my left hand anymore.... I didn't need my left hand use anyway. I'm right handed
What Chucck didn't tell you is that this stuff also puts and end to any future sinus problems (no more nose), no more stuffy nose (mucus membranes will be fried), no more need for shaving (it eats off your skin), no more need for gloves in winter (as there won't be any more pain nerves in your hands, much less any skin), no more alcohol (because your liver will be shot too).
Chuck.... whattaya trying to do??
We want this guy to come back here to the board with more than just knobs at the end of his arms !! No wonder they don't sell this stuff across the counter, or across the ocean for that matter.
I'll paint my plows every year with some other stuff. A least I'll be able to see where the stickers will go.
Hey guys...My fault for recommending Chuck. Better not ask him what to clean the hydralics with - we'll all need an environmental suit..... but the lines will be cleaned out.
Boy these guys are rough Chuck. So what if you are rainman when you are done painting.
Yeah definatly use mastercoat, yeah definatly.
Well we painted last year with yellow John Deere primer. It is cheap, easy to find and hold up great. The spreader used staright salt last year and no sign of rust, oh yeah its stainless. But I also own an airflow mild steel spreader, and thats the one we painted. The backs we top coated black, but the fronts we just sprayed 2 coats of primer, and it didnt wear off, or flake. Nad trust me the prep was porr at best, it just adheres to everything great.
We repaint every year, so why bother with a top coat. We are out all during a storm, and the sand mix we use, acts like a sandblaster, and tears the paint all up. So we just prime them, and reprime next season. They make a yellow primer, so the plows dont look to goofy. Snow doesnt slide off as well when stacking, but we live with it. Our urethane edges have a large lip, so snow tends to hang up anyway. We just give the plow a little shake when we start backing out of the pile and that does the trick.