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Title: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: BigRedDog on January 04, 2016, 09:03:31 AM
I hate how nasty things get under my mower decks over the years.

Over the years I've seen so many 'rust through' from the inside out. 

I'm wondering about taking the spindles out and getting them sprayed with the spray on truck bed liner.  Anyone ever tried it? 

Otherwise I'm back to cleaning, priming and painting again!  I usually just use good Rustoleum rusty metal primer and lay it on a few coats and then just use whatever paint I have laying around (I'm the only one that will see it).  Then I use the spray on graphite to make the grass come out easier but in the end it's still rusty under there a few years later.

I've got a couple of 'collector' decks off my old IH Cub Cadets (I steer away from their MTD stuff if I can).  The one I really want to try the bed liner spray is off my 60" Swisher.  That's my 'main mower' and I have it all apart for a full rebuild including a new engine.  I've talked to a few of the bed liner places that have tried it and of course they think it's a great idea!!!  They all claim that they do a few jobs 'now and then' but of course they can't (or won't) give me any follow up two or  three years out.  It's something I don't want to do every 2 or 3 years...

I'm doing that now!!!

Any other ideas of suggestions would be appreciated...

it will be time to mow before we know it...   actually I mowed a few small patches last week but finally winterized the mower and put it in the back corner of the barn where the snow blower had been.  Snowblower started right up and is ready to go plus I have the blade on one of the CC's.
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: blue2 on January 04, 2016, 09:52:29 AM
I though i was the only guy to spray Rustoleum on the underside of the deck.  It doesn't seem to last long once i start mowing but i think it helps keep it from rusting over the winter. If you can't find anyone that will spray the bedliner material perhaps the spray undercoating you can buy at auto stores will work too.  I use it for axle, springs etc on my truck so it doesn't look so nasty..
I haven't tried the graphite.  But i do use silicone on the the inside of the snowblower chute and around where it swivels.
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: arpydave on January 04, 2016, 09:59:44 AM
I hate how nasty things get under my mower decks over the years.

Over the years I've seen so many 'rust through' from the inside out. 

I'm wondering about taking the spindles out and getting them sprayed with the spray on truck bed liner.  Anyone ever tried it? 

Otherwise I'm back to cleaning, priming and painting again!  I usually just use good Rustoleum rusty metal primer and lay it on a few coats and then just use whatever paint I have laying around (I'm the only one that will see it).  Then I use the spray on graphite to make the grass come out easier but in the end it's still rusty under there a few years later.

I've got a couple of 'collector' decks off my old IH Cub Cadets (I steer away from their MTD stuff if I can).  The one I really want to try the bed liner spray is off my 60" Swisher.  That's my 'main mower' and I have it all apart for a full rebuild including a new engine.  I've talked to a few of the bed liner places that have tried it and of course they think it's a great idea!!!  They all claim that they do a few jobs 'now and then' but of course they can't (or won't) give me any follow up two or  three years out.  It's something I don't want to do every 2 or 3 years...

I'm doing that now!!!

Any other ideas of suggestions would be appreciated...

it will be time to mow before we know it...   actually I mowed a few small patches last week but finally winterized the mower and put it in the back corner of the barn where the snow blower had been.  Snowblower started right up and is ready to go plus I have the blade on one of the CC's.

For what it's worth...my humble opinion...

If you got the deck down and off already...pull your blades, sharpen or replace them. Pull or tape off the spindle bearings. Clean, wirebrush the deck for paint prep. There's a product out there that you spray on that halts, seals and restores rust if you have a non-aluminum deck. Then do your Rustoleum primer if you wish or need too.

Then spray with gloss enamel. It will clean easier. Think along the lines of painting a kitchen wall. What's easier to clean the grease splatter off of: full gloss or semi-gloss?

Then hit it after dried with spray on Pam vegetable pan coating. Works great on snow shovels and snow blowers too BTW. During the season you can also just give a spray to the reject chute to keep it flying or going into your bagger. Cheaper, more available than graphite or silicone. And yeah, even "greener". And if Mama comes up short with an empty can of Pam one day just claim ignorance.  ;)

And I'm assuming you're taking care of the spindle bearings, from a grease fitting point of view.

Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: Professor H on January 04, 2016, 10:04:04 AM
Interesting - I hadn't considered coating the underside -

My deck has the hose connection for washing it - but I don't use it as I figured more water eventually means more rust and a quicker breakdown of the equipment.
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: nails on January 04, 2016, 10:17:11 AM

BRD .......  I can't imagine silicone or graphite spray lasting more than a couple minutes since the underside of the deck is essentially being sand blasted whenever the blade is running.

I don't do it, but I would guess the best thing you can do is maybe run the mower up some kind of ramp and hit the deck with a quick blast of the power washer and get the matted grass out of there. The grass is holding the moisture and that is causing the rust.
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: BigRedDog on January 04, 2016, 10:21:45 AM
I though i was the only guy to spray Rustoleum on the underside of the deck.  It doesn't seem to last long once i start mowing but i think it helps keep it from rusting over the winter. If you can't find anyone that will spray the bedliner material perhaps the spray undercoating you can buy at auto stores will work too.  I use it for axle, springs etc on my truck so it doesn't look so nasty..
I haven't tried the graphite.  But i do use silicone on the the inside of the snowblower chute and around where it swivels.

The spray stuff you can buy at the auto stores are kind of rubbery...   probably works just as well for sticking and protecting from rust though.  I'm just thinking the slippery bed liner stuff would make it easier to keep clean over the summer.  My son has a Honda mower and the deck is made out of similar material as a pro football helmet.  It's probably 7 or 8 years old and no problems and it does definitely 'clean up' easier!!!


For what it's worth...my humble opinion...

If you got the deck down and off already...pull your blades, sharpen or replace them. Pull or tape off the spindle bearings. Clean, wirebrush the deck for paint prep. There's a product out there that you spray on that halts, seals and restores rust if you have a non-aluminum deck. Then do your Rustoleum primer if you wish or need too.

Then spray with gloss enamel. It will clean easier. Think along the lines of painting a kitchen wall. What's easier to clean the grease splatter off of: full gloss or semi-gloss?

Then hit it after dried with spray on Pam vegetable pan coating. Works great on snow shovels and snow blowers too BTW. During the season you can also just give a spray to the reject chute to keep it flying or going into your bagger. Cheaper, more available than graphite or silicone. And yeah, even "greener". And if Mama comes up short with an empty can of Pam one day just claim ignorance.  ;)

And I'm assuming you're taking care of the spindle bearings, from a grease fitting point of view.



The blades are already off both decks.  The CC ones are sharpened and ready to replace (only one season of mowing on them anyway).  I have a full set of Gators for the Swisher.  Got a deal on them at TSC when they were actually cheaper than their conventional OEM Swisher blades so I ordered 3 sets of them...   should last me several more years and by then I may have to break down and buy a new Swisher ;D ;D ;D

The CC (being old school International Harvester) was built with grease fittings right in the top of the spindle shafts that I can see from the tractor seat while mowing (well the 2 outer ones anyway).  Easy to give them a shot of grease 2 or 3 times a season.

The Swisher is built with sealed ball bearings.  I've replaced them one time even though none of them had actually failed...  a couple were getting a little 'loose'!  I've thought about replacing the with a cup and cone bearing and then adding grease fittings but never have actually done it.  Maybe the next time I'm ready to replace the ball bearings I'll try it.

Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: BigRedDog on January 04, 2016, 10:28:00 AM
BRD .......  I can't imagine silicone or graphite spray lasting more than a couple minutes since the underside of the deck is essentially being sand blasted whenever the blade is running.

I don't do it, but I would guess the best thing you can do is maybe run the mower up some kind of ramp and hit the deck with a quick blast of the power washer and get the matted grass out of there. The grass is holding the moisture and that is causing the rust.


I keep the ramps on the back of my trailer so I can always run them up and clean them with the power washer but I don't do it every time I mow. 

EZ Slide graphite is what I've been using and it definitely will stay on for several weeks.  But then you still have to do some scraping and power washing to get it clean again.  The Honda plastic deck will just let the green goop fall off on the floor between mowings.

http://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/ez-slide-graphite-based-coating-12-oz-aerosol (http://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/ez-slide-graphite-based-coating-12-oz-aerosol)
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: excelsior on January 04, 2016, 10:24:49 PM

I would look at Permatex Rust Treatment.    It will stop the rust and leave a hard durable finish.

http://www.permatex.com/products-2/product-categories/specialized-maintenance-repair/body-interior-trim/permatex-rust-treatment-detail (http://www.permatex.com/products-2/product-categories/specialized-maintenance-repair/body-interior-trim/permatex-rust-treatment-detail)
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: BigRedDog on January 05, 2016, 04:33:05 AM
I would look at Permatex Rust Treatment.    It will stop the rust and leave a hard durable finish.

[url]http://www.permatex.com/products-2/product-categories/specialized-maintenance-repair/body-interior-trim/permatex-rust-treatment-detail[/url] ([url]http://www.permatex.com/products-2/product-categories/specialized-maintenance-repair/body-interior-trim/permatex-rust-treatment-detail[/url])


I've used the Loctite rust neutralizer several years ago...  I wonder if it's the same product?

I did find this on a John Deere lawn tractor forum and I think I'm going to give this a try:

Quote
I have a 425 AWS with a 60" deck. Last spring I removed all of the rust with a wire brush, applied some POR15, and then applied some truck bedliner. It held up pretty well, but needs some touch up. I will do that with a paint brush and my left over bedliner coating before I put the deck back on this spring. I would be nice if someone would make an epoxy coating with graphite that would hold up a long time and have low friction properties. Maybe something like the epoxy garage floor coatings made for mower decks.


The above is from the very bottom of the page here:

http://www.mytractorforum.com/12-john-deere-forum/226598-underside-mower-deck-paint-question.html (http://www.mytractorforum.com/12-john-deere-forum/226598-underside-mower-deck-paint-question.html)

Here's their website:

http://absolutecoatings.com/POR15-Brand.php (http://absolutecoatings.com/POR15-Brand.php)

and their bedliner material:

http://www.por15.com/POR-15-OEM-Bed-Liner-_p_105.html (http://www.por15.com/POR-15-OEM-Bed-Liner-_p_105.html)

Looks like it's available through Painter's Supply on N. Monroe Street.
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: SidecarFlip on January 05, 2016, 12:18:06 PM
IMO, it's not a good idea simply because it will chip and peel from impacts under there and you cannot touch up a spray on bedliner.  Besides spray on liners aren't smooth, they have texture and that texture will snag clippings.  Just my 2 cents.

I coat my deck underside with spray on 'Slip Plate' from TSC.  Same stuff you use on grain elevators where you want the grain to slide.

It's a graphite based coating and keeps the rust away too.
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: The Fuzz on January 05, 2016, 12:47:01 PM
Ridding the smooth surface was my initial concern as well.  I have no clue from a design perspective, but I would guess the turbulence/aerodynamics required of a mower deck undercarriage to expel the clippings is part of the consideration.  If so, my guess is that the model that simulates it would be a relatively smooth surface.
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: livewire on January 05, 2016, 06:16:00 PM
I would have to agree with the comments about undercoating being to rough, or not smooth enough to allow for proper flow of clippings.  Might work to prevent rust, but it might adversely affect the flow of clippings, to the point of ruining the mower.  Keeping the underside clean has been the best way I found to keep any mower deck running properly, and rust free.
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: blue2 on January 05, 2016, 06:39:26 PM
I knock out chunks of grass then hose it clean sometimes using a putty knife   At end of season I paint with black antitrust paint..I use the spray Permatex on underside of Ram
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: SidecarFlip on January 05, 2016, 09:46:40 PM
A pressure washer (even a cheap one) is your friend with a mower deck.  been known to yank my zero turn straight up with the forks on the tractor (and a chain) and pressure wash the deck that way....  Less messy.

Good way to drain the oil too. ;D
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: BigRedDog on January 06, 2016, 09:51:53 AM
I'm literally surprised how much 'action' this thread is getting...   I figured I'd get a reply or two and that would be it!

So far it's up over 350 views too.

I'm enjoying all the various thoughts and ideas so I'll encourage others to 'throw it all out there'. 

One possibly 'critical' fact I had forgotten about on my son's Honda mower is that it also has twin blades under the Xenoy Resin deck.  Maybe that does chop the clippings fine enough that they don't build up on the plastic deck.  I just kind of think the 2nd blade is a bit of a gimmick.  It it's magic then it seems like other mowers would have them. 

I'm still looking at something that will protect the deck for the longest possible time though.

MicroCut Twin Blades - Honda Lawn Mowers (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iORCGT_K7mc#)

Info on Xenoy Resin:

https://www.sabic-ip.com/gep/Plastics/en/ProductsAndServices/ProductLine/xenoy.html (https://www.sabic-ip.com/gep/Plastics/en/ProductsAndServices/ProductLine/xenoy.html)
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: SidecarFlip on January 06, 2016, 06:57:44 PM
Which equates to...  You have to get replacement blades from Honda at an inflated price..... ;D

No thanks.  I prefer my blades from ASC 'cause I go through 2 sets of 3, every year.

I don't like gimmicks that cost more....lol
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: BigRedDog on January 07, 2016, 06:31:49 AM
Which equates to...  You have to get replacement blades from Honda at an inflated price..... ;D

No thanks.  I prefer my blades from ASC 'cause I go through 2 sets of 3, every year.

I don't like gimmicks that cost more....lol

Son doesn't have a big yard so not sure if he's even had to replace the original blade yet.  He takes them off to sharpen regularly.  His grass is a lot thicker than what we have so he's not 'sand blasting' his blades all the time like we end up doing.
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: BigRedDog on January 07, 2016, 06:44:19 AM
IMO, it's not a good idea simply because it will chip and peel from impacts under there and you cannot touch up a spray on bedliner.  Besides spray on liners aren't smooth, they have texture and that texture will snag clippings.  Just my 2 cents.

I coat my deck underside with spray on 'Slip Plate' from TSC.  Same stuff you use on grain elevators where you want the grain to slide.

It's a graphite based coating and keeps the rust away too.


At least one of the local franchises has a two step system they use and the first step ends with a very smooth surface.  So smooth that in a truck bed they have to spray the 2nd coat to make it 'slip resistant'.  I think it's Line X but not sure on that.

I use the EZ Slide from TSC:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/416M6QoDDhL._QL70_.jpg)
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: BigRedDog on January 07, 2016, 08:13:56 AM
Ridding the smooth surface was my initial concern as well.  I have no clue from a design perspective, but I would guess the turbulence/aerodynamics required of a mower deck undercarriage to expel the clippings is part of the consideration.  If so, my guess is that the model that simulates it would be a relatively smooth surface.

I would have to agree with the comments about undercoating being to rough, or not smooth enough to allow for proper flow of clippings.  Might work to prevent rust, but it might adversely affect the flow of clippings, to the point of ruining the mower.  Keeping the underside clean has been the best way I found to keep any mower deck running properly, and rust free.

I think you guys are 'over engineering' this scenario.  This tractor / mower deck is mid 1970s International Harvester 'technology'...   Design it and add 50% strength and then beef it up some more from there.  It takes two guys to carry the front axle around on this tractor. 

But, the underside (business side) of the mower deck has rusted over the years even though I do spray it regularly with the EZ slide.  I have no idea what the prior owner (I'm told it was a one owner tractor before I got it but who knows for sure) did but with a few of the repairs I've had to do I don't think he did too much.  The deck blades were on upside down when I got it and that was my first 'clue'!!! 

I know I can't ever spray enough on there to get it back to 'gloss' smooth but I figure I can improve on what is there now. 

I'm not sure how much 'tolerances' would come into play.  Even son's Honda with two blades builds up grass underneath if you're mowing in wet grass.  But, the plastic deck seems to let it 'release' after it dries out better than my rusted steel decks do.  If any of these mowers were designed to a high tolerance it would be that one.

I do have a power washer and have a lift frame outside so I can lift either mower up to clean them but it's still time consuming plus at some point both of these decks are eventually going to rust through.  My primary objective is to prevent more rusting and the secondary is to make the cached up grass release easier whether it's still wet or dried on. 

Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: The Fuzz on January 07, 2016, 10:32:16 AM
LOL......I am used to hearing comments about me over engineering stuff at work, but this is a first on this forum.  LOL, I love it.

Yea, very well could be but I would think that designed turbulence to "throw" the clippings strategically would be modeled in CAD on an under deck that had minimal obstructions. 
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: SidecarFlip on January 07, 2016, 04:08:48 PM
While we are discussing the nuances of lawnmowers, check out the  Flymow

I had one, structural fiber deck, one blade and no wheels.  Homeowners hovercraft....  The engine finally crapped out.
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: BigRedDog on January 08, 2016, 09:37:39 AM
While we are discussing the nuances of lawnmowers, check out the  Flymow

I had one, structural fiber deck, one blade and no wheels.  Homeowners hovercraft....  The engine finally crapped out.


I don't think this is what you were talking about but it came up when I googled 'flymow'!!!

The Fly-Mow (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wG9YFW5DpA#)
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: BigRedDog on January 08, 2016, 11:01:23 AM
This looks like what you're describing:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flymo

Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: Professor H on January 08, 2016, 11:17:51 AM
I'm not replacing my blades now - as the mole hills have all reappeared - so after that first mowing - i'll have to do my normal change out.    I find the blades I use (john deere) last one good season,
I mow a little more than an Acre of yard - and lots of sandblasting occurs.   

Plush lawn is not the objective here!   
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: SidecarFlip on January 08, 2016, 01:30:29 PM
This looks like what you're describing:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flymo

Thats it.  Mine had a 2 cycle Tecumseh that finally crapped out.  Was the ultimate mulching mower, no clipping whatsoever and you could attach a rope to the handle (had rope eyes in it) so you could mow hillsides by standing on top and guiding it with the rope.  Pretty neat.
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: SidecarFlip on January 08, 2016, 01:35:30 PM
Most consumers don't know it but probably 90% of all lawnmower blades are made by a company in Pioneer, Ohio.  They produce blades for everyone and every brand.....  not for retail sale however.

IMO, the best place (least expensive) for replacement blades is ASC online....  Including John Deere blades.

On your issue about deck rustout, quit buying mowers with cheap stamped steel decks and get one with a real fabricated steel deck that will last a while.....lol
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: livewire on January 08, 2016, 03:48:59 PM
I think you guys are 'over engineering' this scenario. 

Yup.  I tend to do that.  Lmao!!


Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: SidecarFlip on January 08, 2016, 08:38:54 PM
from BRD:....

..........I do have a power washer and have a lift frame outside so I can lift either mower up to clean them but it's still time consuming plus at some point both of these decks are eventually going to rust through.  My primary objective is to prevent more rusting and the secondary is to make the cached up grass release easier whether it's still wet or dried on................ 

Because we know each other personally, I'll refrain from being obtuse and saying....  get off your lazy arse and clean it, but I won't.  It's your deck, not mine.  My zero turn is about 15 years old now and minimal under deck rust because I pressure wash it to remove the damp caked on acidic grass clippings and it gets coated with slip plate every fall...

Like all power equipment, if you don't want to maintain it, sooner than later it shittes the bed.
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: BigRedDog on January 08, 2016, 08:40:56 PM
Most consumers don't know it but probably 90% of all lawnmower blades are made by a company in Pioneer, Ohio.  They produce blades for everyone and every brand.....  not for retail sale however.

IMO, the best place (least expensive) for replacement blades is ASC online....  Including John Deere blades.

On your issue about deck rustout, quit buying mowers with cheap stamped steel decks and get one with a real fabricated steel deck that will last a while.....lol


The mid 70s Cub Cadet does have a stamped steel deck but it's the heaviest stamped deck I've ever carried around.  That was back when CC was entirely International Harvester and they didn't skimp on steel anywhere on that tractor.  The front axle is solid iron ibeam.  That's why so many of the tractor pullers use this vintage of CC.

Making a pulling tractor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3uwoiP3NR8#)

The Swisher is a completely fabricated deck and all heavy duty.   

Just trying to keep them nice for another 20 years or so (I hope) ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: SidecarFlip on January 08, 2016, 08:41:53 PM
.....and you'll be bringing the holy deck over here to get patched and welded up............. ;D
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: BigRedDog on January 08, 2016, 08:49:07 PM
from BRD:....

..........I do have a power washer and have a lift frame outside so I can lift either mower up to clean them but it's still time consuming plus at some point both of these decks are eventually going to rust through.  My primary objective is to prevent more rusting and the secondary is to make the cached up grass release easier whether it's still wet or dried on................ 

Because we know each other personally, I'll refrain from being obtuse and saying....  get off your lazy arse and clean it, but I won't.  It's your deck, not mine.  My zero turn is about 15 years old now and minimal under deck rust because I pressure wash it to remove the damp caked on acidic grass clippings and it gets coated with slip plate every fall...

Like all power equipment, if you don't want to maintain it, sooner than later it shittes the bed.

Seems like you're missing the big point here...

I started right off saying I've taken good care of these decks (the Swisher I bought new and the CCs I inherited what was there when I got them). 

The whole 'point' of what I'm getting at is that my son's 'plastic' Honda deck the grass falls out from under when it dries...

I'm trying to both protect what rust damage has happened over 30-40 years plus trying to make it easier to clean when I do use it.
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: SidecarFlip on January 08, 2016, 08:54:23 PM
Seems like you're missing the big point here...

I started right off saying I've taken good care of these decks (the Swisher I bought new and the CCs I inherited what was there when I got them). 

The whole 'point' of what I'm getting at is that my son's 'plastic' Honda deck the grass falls out from under when it dries...

I'm trying to both protect what rust damage has happened over 30-40 years plus trying to make it easier to clean when I do use it.

......... and my point is, one, you know I'm a hardhead and two, you have no choices but to clean them regularly and coat them every year (fall).  Entirely different design from the rice mower.
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: SidecarFlip on January 08, 2016, 08:59:18 PM
Honda builds so nice and pricey stuff, I'll give them that but they also build some pricey junk too, like the GC line of engines.  Predators (Lufan's) are better and a helluva lot cheaper too.

Your son'r push mower is a long way from the big rider's you own....  Lots different airflow design and neither are compatible with your stuff, except they both cut the grass (or in our case, green weeds)....... ;D
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: SidecarFlip on January 08, 2016, 09:00:20 PM
You are still my buddy and you still get that apple wood.............. ;D
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: BigRedDog on January 08, 2016, 09:00:42 PM
......... and my point is, one, you know I'm a hardhead and two, you have no choices but to clean them regularly and coat them every year (fall).  Entirely different design from the rice mower.

True for the original design but there are times when plastic does a better job...

this would be one of those cases 'if it works'...

I'm finding a few people online that have tried it but not sounding like anyone around here. 
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: BigRedDog on January 08, 2016, 09:05:53 PM
Thats it.  Mine had a 2 cycle Tecumseh that finally crapped out.  Was the ultimate mulching mower, no clipping whatsoever and you could attach a rope to the handle (had rope eyes in it) so you could mow hillsides by standing on top and guiding it with the rope.  Pretty neat.


I hope it was easier to start than this one:

Flymo Lawnmower Fail (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ve-RFG6nSsc#)
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: BigRedDog on January 08, 2016, 09:17:24 PM
Here's one that starts and runs pretty good for as old as it is:

A 1980 Flymo hovering lawnmower Cold start and mowing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjAhoYR9kV0#)

Looks like they're still in business but now they're doing robotic mowers:

Flymo Robotic Lawnmower 1200R - Lawnmower start-up (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HRHMo_ZY3w#)

Here's a Toro 'HoverPro' (sure looks like the same concept) mowing on a small hillside:

Toro® HoverPro® Series Mowers (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plHVt6gqQg8#)

This one starts real easy:

Flymo Husqvarna HVT 40.AVI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qABIRAKQoM#)

Here's more on the robot mowers...   

they'd be neat to have if someone has a small yard and doesn't need the exercise of getting out and mowing!!!

Husqvarna Automower vs competitors (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f-4J98EWrI#)
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: SidecarFlip on January 09, 2016, 03:18:24 PM
Here's one that starts and runs pretty good for as old as it is:

A 1980 Flymo hovering lawnmower Cold start and mowing ([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjAhoYR9kV0#[/url])

Looks like they're still in business but now they're doing robotic mowers:

Flymo Robotic Lawnmower 1200R - Lawnmower start-up ([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HRHMo_ZY3w#[/url])

Here's a Toro 'HoverPro' (sure looks like the same concept) mowing on a small hillside:

Toro® HoverPro® Series Mowers ([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plHVt6gqQg8#[/url])

This one starts real easy:

Flymo Husqvarna HVT 40.AVI ([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qABIRAKQoM#[/url])

Here's more on the robot mowers...   

they'd be neat to have if someone has a small yard and doesn't need the exercise of getting out and mowing!!!

Husqvarna Automower vs competitors ([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f-4J98EWrI#[/url])


The Toro is a dead wringer for the one I had except my deck was charcoal colored.  They work real well.  Wish I had it today.  Sidewalk to grass to sidewalk is no issue, never dinged a blade.
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: BigRedDog on January 10, 2016, 07:18:28 AM
The Toro is a dead wringer for the one I had except my deck was charcoal colored.  They work real well.  Wish I had it today.  Sidewalk to grass to sidewalk is no issue, never dinged a blade.

Seems like the air blowing down which gives it the 'lift' would also push the grass down that the blades are trying to 'suck' up to cut off evenly...   I'll keep my eyes open for a used one sitting in someone's barn.
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: SidecarFlip on January 10, 2016, 12:18:26 PM
Seems like the air blowing down which gives it the 'lift' would also push the grass down that the blades are trying to 'suck' up to cut off evenly...   I'll keep my eyes open for a used one sitting in someone's barn.

If you happen on one, I'll take it, engine running or not.  I have a Lawnboy 2 stroke in the barn in perfect running condition.

Actually, what happens is the grass gets blown down around the edge, but the fan that provides the lift sucks it back up in the center.  They work real well and no clippings, a true mulching mower... no bagging.
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: blue2 on January 10, 2016, 12:47:51 PM
Not thinking about mowing grass today.
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: SidecarFlip on January 10, 2016, 03:57:42 PM
Not thinking about mowing grass today.

Probably whip up some dandy sno-cones....
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: BigRedDog on January 11, 2016, 09:17:44 AM
Not thinking about mowing grass today.

Now I'm wondering if the bed liner would work on an old snow blower?
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: blue2 on January 11, 2016, 09:55:08 AM
I just use spray silicone in the augur housing and chute ahead of time and let it dry.  Spray it on my snow shovel too.
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: SidecarFlip on January 11, 2016, 11:01:25 AM
I just use spray silicone in the augur housing and chute ahead of time and let it dry.  Spray it on my snow shovel too.

PAM cooking spray works too.
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: SidecarFlip on January 11, 2016, 11:03:31 AM
Now I'm wondering if the bed liner would work on an old snow blower?

It might.  If you want a blower, I have that Lucknow sitting next to the barn.  problem is, it takes at least 60 horsepower to run it so would take a BIG lawnmower engine....
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: nails on January 11, 2016, 12:54:12 PM
I just use spray silicone in the augur housing and chute ahead of time and let it dry.  Spray it on my snow shovel too.

My Dad used to sell silicone spray back in the 60's. It was pretty neat stuff back then.
Not sure when the spray was first "invented", and couldn't find it on google with a quick search.
Anyway, one of his favorite uses was to spray the head of a golfer's driver to eliminate most of the slice.
If I remember correctly, it worked pretty well.

And we used it on snow shovels also.

My favorite use . . . We sprayed it on a metal swingset slide and then sat on a sheet of waxed paper.
I think we hit lightspeed doing that. I'm pretty sure you were slightly younger at the bottom of the slide than you were at the top.

Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: BigRedDog on January 11, 2016, 03:40:52 PM
My Dad used to sell silicone spray back in the 60's. It was pretty neat stuff back then.
Not sure when the spray was first "invented", and couldn't find it on google with a quick search.
Anyway, one of his favorite uses was to spray the head of a golfer's driver to eliminate most of the slice.
If I remember correctly, it worked pretty well.

And we used it on snow shovels also.

My favorite use . . . We sprayed it on a metal swingset slide and then sat on a sheet of waxed paper.
I think we hit lightspeed doing that. I'm pretty sure you were slightly younger at the bottom of the slide than you were at the top.

I have no idea who developed (invented) silicone but I know that Dow Corning up in Midland has been a major player in the industry since before I was born.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dow_Corning

Of course they are most infamous for their 'silicone' breast implants and all the related issues. 

My Dad worked at Dow Chemical and he could get the Dow Corning Silicone Spray at the Dow store.  We sprayed it on everything that moved or that we wanted to move! 
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: SidecarFlip on January 11, 2016, 05:37:41 PM
It's also great for the rubber weatherstripping on your car doors.  Spray on a rag and wipe 'em down.
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: BigRedDog on January 11, 2016, 06:09:05 PM
It's also great for the rubber weatherstripping on your car doors.  Spray on a rag and wipe 'em down.

Some people even use it to 'waterproof' their leather boots.  I was never big on it but I've seen quite a few that do it.
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: arpydave on January 11, 2016, 06:53:27 PM
PAM cooking spray works too.

+2
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: blue2 on January 11, 2016, 06:55:12 PM
Good.  I have some old Pam that doesn't taste good anymore
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: arpydave on January 11, 2016, 07:01:23 PM
It's also great for the rubber weatherstripping on your car doors.  Spray on a rag and wipe 'em down.

Likely good as a long term treatment, but a liberal coat of vaseline before an ice storm will prevent/minimize car doors from freezing shut. Ya still might have to carefully chisel the gap while its parked outside of work all shift, but the seal won't stick.

Bummed out the ex when I burned out her blow dryers thawing them doors out more than once before I learned that trick.
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: arpydave on January 11, 2016, 07:03:05 PM
Good.  I have some old Pam that doesn't taste good anymore

Yeah, but does she make good sandwiches, mow the lawn and wash your truck?   :P
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: SidecarFlip on January 11, 2016, 07:34:34 PM
Yeah, but does she make good sandwiches, mow the lawn and wash your truck?   :P

I bet she bitc*es alot.
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: arpydave on January 11, 2016, 07:54:12 PM
Yeah, esp. when she's out of the "can."
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: BigRedDog on January 28, 2016, 08:34:20 PM
Found this on a Cub Cadet forum...

several photos of a user that is re-doing a deck almost identical to mine...

I have a 44A and his is a 50A...   

mine is actually probably in a little better condition than his although I do have to get the heavy duty wire brush out and get to work. 

He ended up using the same TSC coating I've been using although I've never taken mine right down to bare metal and started from scratch like I plan on doing this deck.  Usually I just power wash it and use their rattle can spray applicator to 'coat' the underside.  It helps but it's not the long term answer I want.  What I would like to see here is some 'follow up' of what it looks like a year and two years later.

The part I didn't understand is him painting the top of it with the same coating.  I guess it's his mower deck so he can paint it any way he wants to.  there are times whey you might step on the deck to get in the tractor seat and if your shoes or boots are already wet or slippery seems like it could lead to a potential 'slip' :o :o :o

(http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w3/squatchout/cubby/P6270026Small.jpg)

(http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w3/squatchout/cubby/P5120003Small.jpg)

More pictures and discussion at:

http://www.onlycubcadets.net/forum/showthread.php?t=1091 (http://www.onlycubcadets.net/forum/showthread.php?t=1091)
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: SidecarFlip on January 28, 2016, 09:07:19 PM
Got those Gator Mulcher blades on there...  I use them too.  I'm not all that happy with them however.
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: BigRedDog on January 28, 2016, 09:20:24 PM
Got those Gator Mulcher blades on there...  I use them too.  I'm not all that happy with them however.

Not sure if it was that thread or another one where they were talking about the Gator blades...

one of the members had bought them for his 44" deck but the were apparently actually for a different Cub Cadet 44" deck and they were about an 1/8 of an inch too long so he had to cut the ends off all the blades!!! 

I use them on my 60" Swisher and like them.  That has blades that are just over 20" long and they really crank out the RPM.  This CC thread mentions you can get an 'overdrive' pulley to install to increase the blade tip speed to make them work better.  I'll have to figure out if this mower has the step up pulley or not.  If not I'll find one for it.

I also have a 60" deck for my CC Lowboy...   that deck is built by Woods.  I never have been able to find Gator blades for it but that deck has a huge deep 'wind tunnel' discharge and it pretty well throws the grass clippings into the next county.  I'm not even sure I could improve on that short of building a plate to cover the discharge and try to keep the clippings in the deck longer to get repeat chopping. 
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: BigRedDog on January 29, 2016, 09:35:54 AM
I found another place I want to try either the truck bed liner or some other product to 'rust proof'.  I'm getting ready to put a new set of tires on the Farmall.  Have the old tires off and there is some rust on the inside of the wheels.  Not bad really considering the tractor is as old as I am.  There was calcium chloride in the tubes although they weren't full.  I'm sure at some time some of it had leaked out into the wheel.  There were a couple of obvious patches on the tube.  I've seen newer wheels that are completely rusted through and nothing but scrap.  Don't want that to happen with these.  I probably won't put cc back in right away as I have plenty of iron weights for now but I'm not trying to plow with it either.  If I ever decide to plow I may go with rimguard too.  Depends on how much $$$ I have when it's time to do that. 

Anyway, while I've got the tires off (and it's not too bad outside to wire brush and paint I thought I'd clean up the wheels and get then ready for another pair of tires :D :D :D

The truck bed liner seems like another good candidate for this application too.
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: blue2 on January 29, 2016, 10:09:34 AM
Maybe... i once had a Jensen Healey with alum wheels.  The inner part was coated with something that as the car got older the stuff kept breaking off and would work it's way into the seal and i would continue to lose air.
But if you are talking about tractor tires with inner tubes that's probably not a problem.
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: SidecarFlip on January 29, 2016, 11:11:03 AM
Tractor trailer tires have been tubeless for at least 40 years now.  The last tube type were 10:00 x 20.00 on split rims that went away a long time ago.

We mount on aluminum and steel rims and use sealant on aluminum...always.  Even steel corrodes and gets rim leaks.

Tubeless has a distinct advantage in that you can run a dual with one low or flat without a tire fire because there is no rube and boot causing internal friction and heat plus a tubeless is safer to mount and dismount.
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: BigRedDog on January 29, 2016, 12:32:04 PM
Tractor trailer tires have been tubeless for at least 40 years now.  The last tube type were 10:00 x 20.00 on split rims that went away a long time ago.

We mount on aluminum and steel rims and use sealant on aluminum...always.  Even steel corrodes and gets rim leaks.

Tubeless has a distinct advantage in that you can run a dual with one low or flat without a tire fire because there is no rube and boot causing internal friction and heat plus a tubeless is safer to mount and dismount.

When I was first out of high school I worked for a local Goodyear Farm and Fleet service store.  We did a lot of truck tires and tubeless was just starting to get popular.  Would see tubeless on the steering wheels and tube type on the rest. 

Of course we had to work on some of the older tube type wheels that were probably fairly safe when they were built but had gotten out and out dangerous after 20-30 years of road salt and pounding along the roads.

There were some strange setups and locking geometry on some of those old wheels.  There was one I remember...  only saw it a couple of times.  You would have to spend more time cleaning the rust and corrosion out of the 'lock' than it took to fix the tube. 

Those had to go into a cage before inflating no matter what.  Even had to drive back to the shop with one because that truck didn't have a cage on it.  We'd just wrap a chain around some of the newer wheels and then use a long hose and a clip on inflator then control it from the compressor until the tire 'popped' and was set on the rim. 

That's when my Mentor would tell me I should start smoking so I'd know how long to wait before the tire was 'safe' to handle :D :D :D
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: SidecarFlip on January 29, 2016, 02:40:34 PM
The first tractor I owned, a 1963 Kenworth cabin over with a 318 double breasted Yamaha (Detroit) had spit rims with a locking ring on the drives and Alcoa aluminum steers.  Only truck I ever drove that had so much power you had to downshift to go over a cigarette butt..... ;D

Classic 'Dragonfly' truck.  Flew sown hill and dragged up the other side.....

Was a 2 stick 4x4 roadranger.  4 on the main and 4 on the auxillary.  What a POS.  never changed the oil, just added.

Wheels have progressed quite a bit from split rim Dayton's and Empi-Guards to 10 hole bud style to pilot mount 10 hole today.

The stuff I drive today.....  500 horsepower, 1800 pounds feet torque, 13 and 18 speed Roadrangers with air ride suspension all around, digital cruise, climate control, air ride swivel seats heated of course....  Drivers have it made today and some cannot even shift a manual so lots of trucks now have automatics, fully electronic controlled.  Put it in D and mash it.
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: Frenchfry on January 29, 2016, 03:16:23 PM
The first tractor I owned, a 1963 Kenworth cabin over with a 318 double breasted Yamaha (Detroit) had spit rims with a locking ring on the drives and Alcoa aluminum steers.  Only truck I ever drove that had so much power you had to downshift to go over a cigarette butt..... ;D

Classic 'Dragonfly' truck.  Flew sown hill and dragged up the other side.....

Was a 2 stick 4x4 roadranger.  4 on the main and 4 on the auxillary.  What a POS.  never changed the oil, just added.

Wheels have progressed quite a bit from split rim Dayton's and Empi-Guards to 10 hole bud style to pilot mount 10 hole today.

The stuff I drive today.....  500 horsepower, 1800 pounds feet torque, 13 and 18 speed Roadrangers with air ride suspension all around, digital cruise, climate control, air ride swivel seats heated of course....  Drivers have it made today and some cannot even shift a manual so lots of trucks now have automatics, fully electronic controlled.  Put it in D and mash it.
That reminds me on how an automatic transmission is very much like the Democrats and Republicans...D moves you forward...and R moves you backwards.   ;D
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: SidecarFlip on January 29, 2016, 03:25:32 PM
That is actually funny.
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: blue2 on January 29, 2016, 03:45:47 PM
Yeah but it's not original.  I've seen that over the last week appear in various places. 
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: Frenchfry on January 29, 2016, 04:15:05 PM
Yeah but it's not original.  I've seen that over the last week appear in various places.
I haven't seen it in a long time but it is old.

Sometimes oldies are goodies...like Bernie.  ;D
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: BigRedDog on January 30, 2016, 07:34:47 AM
The first tractor I owned, a 1963 Kenworth cabin over with a 318 double breasted Yamaha (Detroit) had spit rims with a locking ring on the drives and Alcoa aluminum steers.  Only truck I ever drove that had so much power you had to downshift to go over a cigarette butt..... ;D

Classic 'Dragonfly' truck.  Flew sown hill and dragged up the other side.....

Was a 2 stick 4x4 roadranger.  4 on the main and 4 on the auxillary.  What a POS.  never changed the oil, just added.

Wheels have progressed quite a bit from split rim Dayton's and Empi-Guards to 10 hole bud style to pilot mount 10 hole today.

The stuff I drive today.....  500 horsepower, 1800 pounds feet torque, 13 and 18 speed Roadrangers with air ride suspension all around, digital cruise, climate control, air ride swivel seats heated of course....  Drivers have it made today and some cannot even shift a manual so lots of trucks now have automatics, fully electronic controlled.  Put it in D and mash it.

I'd recognize one of the old wheels if I saw it (apart, not mounted with a tire.  It was a two piece rim with no locking ring.  They were rough to break down because you had to get the pieces real close together and then twist one at an angle and then the two pieces will release.  They were a big safety issue because if they didn't 'latch' they might come apart while being inflated.  If you took time to clean them up good (and junk the ones that the lips were rusted away on) they were really a pretty decent rim.  The big thing when inflating them was the pieces had to remain parallel while inflating.  Could't use a cage so had to wrap them with chains.  Then inflate, check, inflate check.  Use lots of lube to make sure one side doesn't start raising more than the other...   check the back side, add air, check both sides, add air. 

They were only used on a very limited use truck but I can't remember what exactly.  Never had to take one off a truck but just ones they dropped off at the shop.  Seems like maybe it was some kind of a utility truck for a power company.  I did some work in the UP in a mining area but I'd also seen these in central Michigan.  I was doing them right at the time they were finally 'outlawed' and we had to post a sign saying we would not work on them anymore. 
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: BigRedDog on February 03, 2016, 09:11:43 AM
Been busy working on mower decks...

While doing some research yesterday I found a guy that has the same exact combination of Cub Cadets that I do (I don't count the Low Boy...  not a lot of those out there anymore).

(http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb162/DXKLR/Cub%20Cadet%201250/DSC01174.jpg)

I know these are not my tractors because the safety shield (belt drive cover) is removed from both mower decks!!!  I've left it off to 'test and adjust' but never to mow.  Can't imagine stepping down on those belts spinning :o :o :o

The one on the left is a gear drive.  I've had one of those for years.  I've really never been a big fan of hydrostatic drive mowers...  not sure why...  never had any bad experiences but just always preferred a clutch and select my own gears!

Bought the one on the right 'for my wife' so she could work on the lawn too.

I found the picture while looking for some 'how to' info on one of the CC forums:

http://onlycubcadets.net/forum/showthread.php?t=9914 (http://onlycubcadets.net/forum/showthread.php?t=9914)

Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: BigRedDog on April 29, 2016, 09:16:09 AM
While we were in Florida I was across the street helping the neighbor work on his mower deck.  I saw a spray can on the shelf of a Gunk brand of spray for treating mower decks.  He said he'd been using it about a year and it does seem to help but he still has to scrape or wash every few times he mows.

Lawn Mower Deck Spray - Non Stick Mower Spray (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-1p7v10-jc#)

A note on the above video...   this is an electric mower!  If you have a gasoline powered mower do NOT turn it over like this unless you drain the fuel and the engine oil (assuming it's not an old 2 stroke Lawn Boy or similar) or you're going to have more issues to deal with than a dirty mower deck :o :o :o

I also just found this video which is more along the line of what I want to do with some of my antique decks.

LAWN MOWER DECK UNDERCOATING ! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdaokIp-k5Q#)

Rust Oleum rubberized spray undercoating.  I've used it on cars and trucks and I kind of want something a little harder but it may still do what I want it to do :-\ :-\ :-\
Title: Re: Anyone ever had their mower decks 'undercoated' with spray truck bed liner?
Post by: BigRedDog on June 07, 2016, 10:14:46 AM
I though i was the only guy to spray Rustoleum on the underside of the deck.  It doesn't seem to last long once i start mowing but i think it helps keep it from rusting over the winter. If you can't find anyone that will spray the bedliner material perhaps the spray undercoating you can buy at auto stores will work too.  I use it for axle, springs etc on my truck so it doesn't look so nasty..
I haven't tried the graphite.  But i do use silicone on the the inside of the snowblower chute and around where it swivels.

Rustoleum every chance I get...

Anti seize compound on every possible threaded connection the first time I have to take them apart. 

If I have time to get to the hardware store I'll usually get stainless hardware with elastic locking nuts when I can.  It all makes for easier work the next time I have to work on something.  When you keep tractors and mowers running for 40+ years you need to make whatever you can a little easier ;) ;) ;)