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Painting your plow

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by Lawnboy89, Jan 4, 2008.

  1. Lawnboy89

    Lawnboy89 Member
    from CT
    Messages: 33

    What's up guys? This weekend I was going to try and paint my plow, but I'm not sure what type of paint to get and how to go about doing this. Do I use a brush or do I get a can of spray paint also should I sand most of it down there is no rust on the plow itself but a little on the frame.
  2. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    i think u should of done this during the summer. and the key to good paint jobs is prep work the more work u put in befor the paint will determine how it looks. the blade u wanna make sure u remove as much rust as u can and then clean it. the frame pretty much the same. most of the plow companys sell there paint
  3. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,926

    its not an easy job from whats been said on here. takes along time sand blasting for it to come out clean
  4. sweetk30

    sweetk30 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    i wire wheeled mine to remove the basic junk as i am going to reskin this summer.

    then i did 1/3 with spray can of rustolum sunburst yellow and said the heck with this. got a qrt of rustolum sunburst yellow and brushed 2 thick coats on the blade.

    i have plowed a few jobs dirt and black top. the spot were i used spray can poped off easy. stright brush job still there.

    this is no primer and super rust removal . just hit with grinder and big wire wheel.
  5. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    I'm going to agree with this but I'd use a roller. I'd also wait untill the seasons over and then you can take your time. I love wire wheels!
  6. nichols

    nichols Member
    Messages: 47

    I did mine at the beginning of last winter. I used a wire wheel & sandpaper to get all of the big stuff off first - that took an hour or two. Then, I used acetone to clean the entire surface to prep it for paint. I didn't prime it, but I did tape off the decals and instructions. :)

    I started off with a roller, and rolled the front with a few really thick coats, and then the surfaces between the ribs, and any other flat surfaces, on the back. Then, to get the rest, I used a spray gun. All of this was with the Fisher yellow paint in the quart cans. I had to thin it out with paint thinner to get it to spray nice and even.

    Here's what I started with:


    And here's what it ended up like:

  7. billet-boy

    billet-boy Member
    Messages: 97

    I just used a paint called POR 15 on my light mount you can spray or brush on. It lays out smooth with a brush a little pricey but it looked to be the best i could find to cover less than perfect surfaces
  8. SnowMP

    SnowMP Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    Yeh, I think POR is the way to go. I think it stands for "Paint Over Rust" and it chemically will not let metal rust somehow. I've used it years ago. I can't remember if it was the 15 version or not.
  9. SnowMP

    SnowMP Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    Nice Job!

    Nice Job!!!!!!
  10. mnormington

    mnormington Senior Member
    Messages: 156

    There's some stuff on the market (forget the name) that converts rust to metal.
  11. L70

    L70 Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    nice clean up of the old fisher, looks sweet
  12. streetfrog

    streetfrog Senior Member
    Messages: 337

    I'm going to do mine today/tomorrow. Will take pics and post too
  13. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    Normally every year I go over it with a wire wheel attached to a grinder, or a grinder wheel on the real bad spots. Then just put a couple heavy coats of rust-oleum (store brand) on with a roller. It looks good for most of the winter, I wouldn't expect a plow paint job to last longer than that. Didn't get time to do it this winter so my plow looks like a bag of smashed a$$es.
    Don't waste your money on rattle can paint. The wind will blow it off before you get to the first job and drop the plow.
  14. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    Hey Nichols, nice job on the Fisher. You know you can get Fisher "splat" decals cheap on ebay. Then it will really look new.
  15. G.M.Landscaping

    G.M.Landscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 362

    Some before & after:
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    Sandblasted. self etch primer,rust oleum paint.

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  16. G.M.Landscaping

    G.M.Landscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 362

    This is 2 years later. Still looks good
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  17. Megunticook

    Megunticook Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 190

    I just went through the whole shebang myself--a lot of good info. from various posters in the thread I started this fall:


    But to answer your questions briefly, a lot of guys like Rustoleum (Tremclad in Canada) "stops rust enamel"--the gloss sunburst yellow is pretty close to Fisher's yellow.

    I brushed and rolled (except for the trip springs which I sprayed). Finish isn't factory-perfect but pretty smooth with the foam rollers.

    Definitely sand/wire brush all loose rust. Any pitted or heavily rusted areas (where you can't clean down to shiny metal) hit with the Rustoleum's "rusty metal primer"--but don't use this on clean metal, use their regular primer instead.

    A quick sanding of glossy surfaces (existing paint) would help your job last longer.

    Clean everything thoroughly and let it dry thoroughly before applying any primer or paint to the surfaces you've prepped.

    I could go on...but it's all in the thread.

  18. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,246

    I always have had poly plows so I dont have to worry about painting,but I would wait till it is warm outside, unless you have a heated shop. But do it right the first time and it will last a lot longer down the road...
  19. SnowMP

    SnowMP Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    Welding seams!

    One thing I've noticed on my plow is that there's rust build up in the cracks where there is no weld. So this summer I will be welding all the seams so water and salt can't get in between metal to metal parts.:drinkup:
  20. Wicked500R

    Wicked500R Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    I'd be bolting a new cutting on that blade ASAP! Thats one of the shortest I've seen...:eek: