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LarryC

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Hello, I have a 5 year old deck that has started to rust on the underside. I am considering having the underside powdercoated to provide a durable coating that will prevent futher rust. One shop I talked to recommended using a powder coat that contained some teflon to reduce the amount of grass that sticks to the underside of the deck. Has anyone tried powdercoating or heard of this teflon mix?
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I got a price of $70.00 to sandblast and powercoat a deck. I decided to sandblast deck & spindels $45.00 and use POR-15 paint advertised in varoius magazines. I then painted with a farm store AC orange and reassembled. I have yet to use this deck it is in FOR SALE ads. Powercoating appears to be durable, what do new decks have ?
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In the water supply industry where I work, we use a variety of proprietary epoxy coatings on the inside of valves etc. Belzona comes to mind, but there are other 2 part epoxy coatings you can buy at a good hardware store or throught a web search. I would go the epoxy route since the coatings are generally thicker (3/32" - 1/8") than powder coatings (several microns thick). A heavier epoxy coating will handle the abuse of rocks and other debris flying about underneath that deck better, be easier to apply, probably last longer and likely be cheaper to boot. Paul L.
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Sandy_Lake_Imp
Also scrape off any wet/damp grass buildup regularly. Although surface rust will develop it will take many, many years before fatigue starts in. Clean out inside the belt covers also if you have them.
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I had a JD before my AC that the deck was getting a little tired on. I mixed up some fiberglass resin(available at any auto parts store) put some matting on any of the little rust holes and painted the whole underside of the deck with that. It protects the whole thing and provides a easy sufrace to clean off
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Also try whenever possible to mow ONLY when conditions are dry as wet grass stuck to the deck will drastically shorten the life of the components,It's a good idea cost wise to clean and repaint the underside of the deck just after each season's usage.Any good oil type paint is fine,That will greatly increase the life span of the deck also. dlc
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