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painting plow

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by karl klein, Mar 7, 2002.

  1. karl klein

    karl klein Senior Member
    Messages: 557

    i own a old boss plow and am going to repaint it this summer and was wondering:

    1.what kind of prep should be done

    2.were to get good cheap paints

    3.how many coats and clear coats to apply

    thank you,
  2. 75

    75 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,382

    Cleanup & paint on your plow is time well spent:

    Prep depends on a couple of things: What you have available to work with and how much work you want to do.

    Ideally, disassemble everything and sandblast. Then use a spray gun and prime, then paint.

    If the sandblasting equipment and spray gun aren't readily available, wire wheel on an angle grinder will also work well for cleanup. Nothing wrong with brush or roller for painting either.

    Regardless of how you clean up & paint it, taking things apart before painting will result in a better, more complete job.

    IMO, because of the environment the plow is used in, going with an automotive-type paint/clear finish is really not necessary - lot of $$$ and it will still look tired come spring.

    What I try and do every fall is clean up my plow, then paint it with common "rust paint" - Rustoleum/Tremclad etc. I generally spray everything black, then use a brush to paint the face of the moldboard and some highlights in red.

    I have a pic of my plow just after it's annual repaint last fall in this thread:

  3. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    I use a grinder and go to bare metal. Remove all rust and grind out about 4-5". This year I used Ace (which is a hardware store brand supposedly superior to Rustoleum) primer and paint. Two or three coats of primer. Two coats of paint, then 3 or 4 coats of a clear sealer. For that I used Zynolyte Premium Gloss which is a Polyurethane enamal. Seems to have worked well but really didn't have much of a workout this year. I've also bought some Fisher paint which I'll try next year.

    I would suggest two points: 1. Prep work is the key to a good job and 2. The words Cheap and Good don't go together.
  4. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,224

    when i did my plow i did not have the option of sandblasting but did grind it off.but i did spray the paint and primmers off.First i sprayed an automotive typ primer first then i followed that up with a red rustoleum primmer then I did like 3-4 coats of and industrial type pain in the color green to match my truck with the cutting edge painted black.Now all I do issan prime and repaint really scratched areas then just keep giving it at least 2 coats every year and it stays looking pretty good.
  5. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman Banned
    Messages: 2,133


    Epoxy Primer

    Two Color Coats Fisher Yellow.$$$ but worth it.

    The color coats will still scratch and wear but the epoxy primer is tough. Will preent rust for a while. I feel this is better then the factory powdercoats that chip off.
  6. Pelican

    Pelican 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,075

    I don't go crazy with mine. I just buff the rust with a wire wheel like 75 suggested and use Caterpillar primer with a brush in these areas. I do the moldboard in Caterpillar Highway Yellow (old Cat yellow) and the back and frame with Caterpillar black. The stuff's about $18 a gallon and I figure if it's tough enough for earth moving equipment, it's tough enough for snow. I do this at the end of the season when it's warm enough for the paint to cure.

    I'm going to need to find a tough white paint for the Blizzard, I'll see how close the new Terex white is.

    75, I checked out that plow....pinstripes???:D
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2002
  7. 99SDPSD

    99SDPSD Senior Member
    Messages: 118

    I have done 2 of my Boss's the paint was extreamly tuff. 1 blade i ground and d.a.'ed of the othere I sand blasted. Then I repainted with DeRusto gloss red paint. Look in your yellow pages and see if you have a sandblasting company localy it will save a lot of time dropping off the blade and paying a $100 bucks then grinding for 6 hrs.
  8. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    After having spent hours grinding last year, I definitely agree that sandblasting is preferable if available and reasonable. Be sure you're able to completely cover all the sandblasted areas with primer within a few hours of sandblasting. At least in an area like mine where there tends to be a lot of moisture in the air.
  9. 75

    75 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,382

    Pelican01 - yep, pinstripes - and some stainless goodies too! :p (Didn't get a whole lot of plowing time in this winter but at least it looked good sittin' there!)

    Although I haven't looked at them side by side, I have worked around a couple of those Terex cranes and I think the Terex white you mention may be a pretty good match for the Blizzard.
  10. Lawn Lad

    Lawn Lad Senior Member
    Messages: 407

    We have Snoway's... so each spring after the plow season we pull the mulboards. We then check bolts, welds, etc. make sure everything is in good shape - fix what we need to. Wire wheel any bad rust (usually not that bad), prime and then we paint the plow frames while they're assembled. Reattach the mulboard, grease the cylinders - and store for the summer. We use Rustoleum products because they're readily available and I don't really know the difference.

    In the fall we service the pumps, fluid, etc. We put the plows away one spring and didn't paint - and regretted it in the fall. There is a lot more rust five months later. Better to take care of it right after winter. Tough to juggle with spring clean ups - but a rain day usually takes care of it.