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Old 03-30-2011, 11:36 AM   post #1 of 23
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Default Rustoleum truck bed lining on a mower deck

Through a search I came across a few threads where members have used truck bed liner to protect mower decks from chipping and rusting, with varying results. Has anybody tried the rustoleum brand rattle can liner, and if so how has it worked out? A quick Google search showed that the off-roader guys say it sticks better than the other off the shelf type bed liners. It also seems to have a finer texture than other bed liners I have seen which will hopefully help grass not stick like crazy to it. I'm thinking about using it top and bottom on my MTDs deck that I am rebuilding, what do you guys think?
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Old 03-30-2011, 12:12 PM   post #2 of 23
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I'd think the fact that it has texture at all would be a problem. On a mower deck you'd want as smooth and slippery a surface as possible. I'm looking at some Eastwood chassis black gloss paint for my mower. Tough enough to maintain a glossy black finish and prevent rust on a car or truck frame...should hold up to mowing...
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Old 03-30-2011, 12:31 PM   post #3 of 23
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Bought the quart can and brushed it on under deck.Sticks and stones will chip it off,but it will protect the metal where stuff normally hangs and causes deck rot,so not all bad.
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Old 03-30-2011, 12:48 PM   post #4 of 23
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Many many paints and stuff have been tried (underside)...If you come up with a remedy you will be richer than Bill Gates!!

Everything that I have tried have been "sand blasted" off the underside of my decks..

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Old 03-30-2011, 12:56 PM   post #5 of 23
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Many many paints and stuff have been tried (underside)...If you come up with a remedy you will be richer than Bill Gates!!

Everything that I have tried have been "sand blasted" off the underside of my decks..

You said it Ken. Each season I do another coat of whatever color paint I have hanging around in the shed on the underside of the deck, and after the season is over, there is no trace of that paint at all.
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Old 03-30-2011, 01:49 PM   post #6 of 23
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I got this Industrial grade metal primer from a metal fabrication shop that was going out of business, 100 gallons of it! When I re-built the deck for my suburban after all welding and grinding/sanding was done I mixed this primer 50/50 with thinner, (it is a gooey thick paste right out of the can) and after I chemically treated the bare metal with rust converter I brushed on this stuff THICK! I applied three coats and then painted my deck with Valspar Anti-Rust white (wasn't concerned about correctness) and three seasons later I am very pleased with how well it has held up.

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Old 03-31-2011, 11:10 AM   post #7 of 23
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Ken N Tx; yes look where you live, lots of sand in the ground, having your own sand blaster, I know for I lived in Ft.Worth for 5 yrs.

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Old 03-31-2011, 11:52 AM   post #8 of 23
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I have used the different spray bedliner coatings (although, not the Rustoleum), and have been disappointed in how it holds up. They chip easy, and they do have texture. Also, I made some battery hold downs for my truck, and painted them with spray bedliner coating, thinking that this would resist corrosion, and it hasn't. Both metal bars have corroded within months. I plan to use POR 15 on the underside of the deck of my B80. It may not hold up over time, but as has been stated, not much will. Perhaps you should test the Rustoleum on something besides the deck, to see how tough it is, and the texture, before applying it to the deck.
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:56 AM   post #9 of 23
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Friend of mine treated his with KBS on the underside of his Deer mower. He is very pleased with that results. I use POR 15, There were a couple spots it didn't hold up. I didn't sand blast it either. I would do it again.
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Old 03-31-2011, 12:06 PM   post #10 of 23
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I'd think the fact that it has texture at all would be a problem. On a mower deck you'd want as smooth and slippery a surface as possible. I'm looking at some Eastwood chassis black gloss paint for my mower. Tough enough to maintain a glossy black finish and prevent rust on a car or truck frame...should hold up to mowing...
It holds up great on car frames quite well. Used it many times.
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Old 03-31-2011, 12:22 PM   post #11 of 23
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Thanks for the input. I am still preping the deck, so I will try painting some scrap with the liner material tonight and see how tough it seems.
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Old 03-31-2011, 02:18 PM   post #12 of 23
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Shiny, hard, smooth, abrasion resistant...

Get it chromed!
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Old 03-31-2011, 07:22 PM   post #13 of 23
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I use slip-plate
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:53 AM   post #14 of 23
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Six years ago when I redid the mower under my 1650MF I painted the underside of the deck with the same paint (PPG) loaded with gloss hardner as I used on the tractor, so far it's holding up pretty well. Probably need to repaint it after this season, I noticed that the clover tends to stick to the mower now. Usually run over a few tree limbs (1"-2") and that keeps it pretty well cleaned out.
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Old 04-02-2011, 11:30 AM   post #15 of 23
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what about getting a good 'base' paint (whatever you have, or choose to buy), then a couple coats of that graphite paint that some guys use in their snowthrowers?

http://www.agspecialty.com/EZslide.htm
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