How to paint mower decks

Written by danny donahue
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Lawnmowers are tools, and, like other tools, become worn with use. The metal of your lawnmower deck is painted before it is shipped from the factory to protect the metal from the elements. It is necessary to periodically repaint your lawnmower to get the most life out of your tool. Painting your lawnmower takes a bit of time, a few tools and materials and a little know how.

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Things you need

  • Heavy-grit sandpaper
  • Light-grit sandpaper
  • Oil-based, enamel spray paint
  • Dust sheet
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Putty knife
  • Water hose hooked up to a water supply
  • Clean, dry cloths

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Loosen the pull cord on your mower from the handle. Remove the blade, handle, wheels and engine from the mower with your adjustable wrench. Scrape away any debris and grass from the mower body, wash the deck with your water hose and dry it completely with rags.

  2. 2

    Sand the mower deck with heavy-grit sandpaper. Remove as much of the old paint as possible by sanding. Scrape away any debris or stubborn, stuck-on paint with your putty knife. Wipe the deck clean with dry rags.

  3. 3

    Smooth away any rough spots on the mower deck with fine-grit sandpaper. Go over the entire deck to get a smooth, uniform surface. Wipe away any residue with clean, dry rags. Wash the mower deck with your water hose, and dry it completely with rags. Place the deck onto your dust sheet.

  4. 4

    Apply the base coat of paint. Shake the can thoroughly, and remove the cap from the paint can. Hold the can 8 to 10 inches from the deck, and spray the deck lightly in short bursts moving the can in a side-to-side sweeping movement. Apply the base coat lightly, and take your time to avoid runs. Allow the first side to dry for 1 hour, flip the deck and apply the base coat to the other side of the deck. Allow the paint to dry for 1 hour before continuing.

  5. 5

    Apply the finish coat of paint. Hold the can 8 to 10 inches from the deck, and spray the deck heavily in short bursts, moving the can in a side-to-side sweeping movement. Apply the finish coat heavily, and take your time to avoid runs. Allow the first side to dry for 1 hour, flip the deck and apply the base coat to the other side of the deck. Allow the paint to dry for 1 hour before carefully reassembling your mower.

Tips and warnings

  • Spray paint comes in pressurised cans. Please use caution, and follow all of the manufacturer's recommendations before and during use of spray paint.
  • Always use spray paint outside or in a well -entilated area only.
  • Oil-based paints and caulk are non-biodegradable. Please dispose of any scraps, leftover chemicals and contaminated rags in a legal and environmentally manner.

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