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Refinish Deck

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I have a 50" deck on my Prestige. The deck is showing signs of age, but is in great working order. The underside has a lot of surface rust, almost no paint left, but there is very little deep pitting and absolutely no flaking. The top side has some paint chipping off in spots and as a result a little rust in those areas as well.

I would like to fix up the deck, but I certainly don't feel the need to restore it to brand new condition. My plan is to:

1. Sand the underside and other spots on the top with a Cup Wire Brush and a Radial Wire Brush attached to my drill.

2. Apply some kind of rust converter.

3. Spray on a primer coat.

4. Spray Simplicity orange.

Does this seem like a good plan?

Does anyone have any suggestions about what rust converter to use? Or, is it even a necessary step?

If I use the rust converter, is the primer necessary?

Any suggestions/tips would be appreciated.

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Thanks for all of the advice.

Is Por-15 a Rust converter, or does it simply prevent rust from forming in the future? From what I have read, a rust converter will change the iron oxide (rust) into magnetite, which is why the surface turns black. It seems I would rather have that than to simply hide the rust under a coating.

Decks normally rust out from clippings and water that collect on the top of the deck.
Yep, totally agree. That's why one of the first things I did was to remove the large flat mower housing. I don't see the purpose of it. The only thing it does is trap the grass, dirt, and water so that the deck rusts.

Deck is 10 years old. The bottom has rust covering 95% of the surface. It's mostly light though and very little pitting. The top has some rust and loose paint as well, mainly around the arbors.

I plan on starting this project sometime in December, after I'm definitely done using the tractor for the year.
So I'm thinking about starting this project within the next week or two.

I think I have decided to use the KBS System Sampler to take care of the rust, however, I haven't decided what to do about the paint. I think I would like to spray the whole top as well just because if I spot paint those rusty areas, they will always show and bother me forever.

I have done a bit of searching around and have discovered Duplicolor Chevy Orange 1620. Does anyone have any experience with how well it will match a my Prestige built in 2006?
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