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Mark,
You must have been a really bad person in your previous life! You seem to have the worst luck BUT the best intentions. With that said, I am a little hesitant to include a little tidbit about cleaning up your newly acquired sulky's wheels... because you may lose and eye or something more dreadful;) .

I used oven cleaner (the nasty kind - with sodium hydroxide) to remove the paint when I was repainting my machines. It did a really good job but that stuff is very caustic and will burn/damage your eyes and skin if it comes into contact with you - you certainly do not want to hurt yourself but it did great on removing the old paint.

Once the old paint was gone, I flushed the surfaces with copious amounts of vinegar to neutralize the oven cleaner and then washed everything down with dawn and water and allowed it to air dry. The paint adhered to these surfaces very well. Suit up with a long sleeve shirt, long pants, proper foot coverings (see note), and chemical-resistant gloves.

Note: being inexperienced with this nasty cleaning concoction, I just wore sandals when I was prepping the surfaces... if that nasty alkali comes into contact with your skin, you will know it immediately and I have a scar on the top of my foot to prove it! Vinegar nor cursing did not reduce the pain as the damage was already done.

Since this thread is about 'what did you do to or with your Gravely today' I must add at least a little bit of pertinent content. Today marked day three of the creek bank clearing activity with the Gravely. The Gravely performed great; however, this machine is wearing me out!!! On a brighter note, since I added the dual wheels, I am able to get so much more of the banks cleared than in year one and two. Because much of the bank has a high concentration of sand, the extra traction afforded by the dual wheels is amazing. At least two more days are required (four hour shifts are all I can do).
 

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Mark,
You must have been a really bad person in your previous life! You seem to have the worst luck BUT the best intentions. With that said, I am a little hesitant to include a little tidbit about cleaning up your newly acquired sulky's wheels... because you may lose and eye or something more dreadful;) .

I used oven cleaner (the nasty kind - with sodium hydroxide) to remove the paint when I was repainting my machines. It did a really good job but that stuff is very caustic and will burn/damage your eyes and skin if it comes into contact with you - you certainly do not want to hurt yourself but it did great on removing the old paint.

Once the old paint was gone, I flushed the surfaces with copious amounts of vinegar to neutralize the oven cleaner and then washed everything down with dawn and water and allowed it to air dry. The paint adhered to these surfaces very well. Suit up with a long sleeve shirt, long pants, proper foot coverings (see note), and chemical-resistant gloves.

Note: being inexperienced with this nasty cleaning concoction, I just wore sandals when I was prepping the surfaces... if that nasty alkali comes into contact with your skin, you will know it immediately and I have a scar on the top of my foot to prove it! Vinegar nor cursing did not reduce the pain as the damage was already done.
None of this stuff happened to me before I got that cursed tractor lol!.
And I was supposed to go back to work the same day my leg got infected.
But its been rough , in a nut shell Ive been shot, stabbed, hit by a car, stomped on by a mad horse and thats just the basics, my face has been through a car windshield from the inside out and the outside in.
But anyhow before I get reminded its a tractor forum its been raining here the last few days so bad I cant do anything, supposed to stay off my leg to but I gotta mow sumtin awfull.
Oh yea about the oven cleaner, for years I worked at the Parks Corp. and we made countless products for wood like polyurethanes, varnishes, schellac and paint stripper and some people used it for oven cleaner but the killer ingredient in it was Methalene Chloride (sp?) Bad stuff. And we also made Muriatic Acid, another dangerous thing.
Later buddy
M
 

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Got the Gravely out and gave it a bath. Removed a few layers of oil preservative. Even used up a half gallon of fuel tank cleaner. The paint pattern was found to be different from what I see on most machine's on here. Think I can now work on it without getting to dirty just touching it.
Was moving it around yesterday with the Ariens. Apparently it has mixed feeling about towing the Gravely. First did not want to stay running and then would not shut down. Ended up pulling the wires from the ignition switch to kill juice to the volt meter.
The Gravely still needs a oil change and the ignition spark checked. Then I will see if it will run.
 

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Go out a C8 w/ 106 for some remedial brush-hogging, just because. Knocked down a pile of brambles and bittersweet, and some forsythia which was threatening to engulf one of my flower gardens.

There's a lot to be said for a gravely in low/low, throttle a little above idle so you can just about count the piston strokes, chugging its way methodically through a mountain of vegetation. It's one of the most satisfying things one can do with these machines :)
 
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