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Painting bobcats

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by ducaticorse, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. ducaticorse

    ducaticorse PlowSite.com Addict
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    Id like to freshen up my machines and was wondering if any of you guys have done this. there is peeling and very luight surface rust. looking for a decent looking commercial finish. Would rather spray cans, but will use a gun and compressor.

    Any suggestions such as abrasives to scuff it up, and painting process?
  2. BuffaloJoe

    BuffaloJoe Member
    Messages: 51

    Did one a couple years ago, wire wheeled the whole thing but sandblasting would be good too. Then used a rust preventative primer and gloss enamel. You may have to thin the enamel to atomize right.

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    Last edited: Feb 26, 2013
  3. BuffaloJoe

    BuffaloJoe Member
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  4. alldayrj

    alldayrj PlowSite.com Addict
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    I did one too, i think i made a thread on here or lawnsite.
    I wirewheeled it, powerwashed with degreaser, and sprayed it in my driveway with a home depot paint gun. Still going strong
  5. ducaticorse

    ducaticorse PlowSite.com Addict
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    Howw bout some after pics Joe!!? my 753 looks like your "before" picture!!
  6. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
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    Are you painting it back to factory colors or going to put company colors on it?

    Here's my point of view. Depending on the age of the machine a repaint can be a huge turn off to a potential buyer down the road if there isn't proof of before pictures to show why it was done. I've gone to look at a few machines that look good in pictures only to find out they were given a 5 minute paint job and their hiding something.

    However painting with company colors is a big theft deterrent. It could possibly be tough to resell but its easier to explain then a factory repaint sometimes.
  7. ducaticorse

    ducaticorse PlowSite.com Addict
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    The only thing you can really hide with paint is welds, and that's if they look factory, which most don't. My machine has welds, and I'm not concerned with reselling. I just want a more respectable look on job sites and when I'm trailering the machine around town.