Yes, regular paint keeps it from rusting but stuff really sticks to it. I'll stop at the JD dealer next time I go by. Belt covers/gaurds seem to be designed to rot the decks out... I'm planning on modifying mine next time they're off.The underside of my deck I keep coated with a "paint" I get from my John Deere Dealer. I can never think of what this stuff is called but the main ingredient is a super slick dry gray material I have used as a lubricant on my sons boy scout derby cars (may be illegal) Graphite! thats it!:thThumbsU
Once you get a couple of coats of this on the bottom of your deck most things come off fairly easy but you must make sure you keep it applied as it wears off with use, in other words the more you mow the more often you need to clean and apply.
The top of my deck I removed the factory pulley and belt covers and made my own, theirs just trapped the trimmings which stayed damp and was trying to rust my deck before the first season was over! Now I just blow off after each mow, wash once a month and spray on some wax. 5 years later still looking pretty good.
I hope this helps!
:trink39:I use 4 washers under the covers on each bolt. Stuff blows out really easy. slkpk
Not a problem on my Case tractors. The belt covers completely hide all the belts and pulleys. On the bottom of the deck I use elbow grease and a gasket scraper.Belt covers/gaurds seem to be designed to rot the decks out... I'm planning on modifying mine next time they're off.