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I need to paint a lawn mower deck what paint?

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
I have acquired a bobcat 21" mower deck and I have a honda engine to put on it. The deck needs a paint job and its made of cast aluminum. What would you recommend to paint the deck? It was original bobcat orange.
post #2 of 20
'll take a guess and say Rustoleum oil based.
post #3 of 20
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Originally Posted by Stoker1 View Post


'll take a guess and say Rustoleum oil based.



Agreed. That's my go-to paint whenever I'm painting any metal. Why? Because it looks good and it protects very well.
post #4 of 20
Aluminum or steel deck?
post #5 of 20
Thread Starter 
cast aluminum



Its a great deck commercial 21" mower and I am putting a Honda 5.5 on it
post #6 of 20
clean off all the paint
give it a few thick coats of some nice wax polish
and your done
post #7 of 20
If you want to paint it,
you need to wire brush all the powder off it, sand with 320 grit and prime with zinc chromate primer. Then you can paint it with either a 2 part epoxy or Interlux Brightsides Polyurethane.
This will give you a long lasting, durable, good looking finish.
post #8 of 20
I don't know if this is the same as what was mentioned already... But if I were painting it I would go to the auto store and buy engine paint. It is made it endure heat as what would be produced by the motor.
post #9 of 20
I have a steel mower deck that is used as a mulching deck. I paint it every winter with a epoxy paint for floors and it helps the grass to leave the deck. I thought it would last longer then a year but it is gone about half way thru the summer.
Rick
post #10 of 20
Try your local marine / boat supply. They will probably have paint & primer specifically for aluminum.
post #11 of 20
Thread Starter 
I want to do this right as this is a high end lawnmower deck that deserves a restoration.
post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by bass-o-matic View Post
Try your local marine / boat supply. They will probably have paint & primer specifically for aluminum.
Yes, it's called zinc chromate primer
post #13 of 20
I've painted aluminum with standard primer and overcoated it with an enamel without any problems. Cleanliness is the key. Any oil, grease and dirt should be cleaned off as best as possible.

I have a 30 year old Sensation lawnmower (which is the same as the Bobcat mower deck you have). It's probably one of the best I've ever used. My mower still has the original B&S engine on it and is still strong after 30 years but showing some signs of weakness. My father gave it to me because it didn't work and was going to send it to the dump so I took it off his hands knowing I had a good machine despite its problems. I put a new carb on the old B&S 4HP engine about 5 years ago and it works very well today. It cuts great and has been a excellent performer over the years even today. I will not trade it or junk it.

What engine did you get to fit the deck? I maybe in need of a new engine soon.

I stocked up on a bunch of parts for the one I have. After extensive searching on the web I was able to find the original grass catcher, several high lift and normal cut blades, original wheels, bolts and deflectors. I should be able to keep it going for another 30 years or more. I wouldn't trade this machine in for anything today. Nothing compares to it. It's built like a tank.
post #14 of 20
Thread Starter 
I have a honda 5.5 for it it will bolt on with 3 bolts which should be enough

I have a sensation too. These mowers are sweet.
post #15 of 20
I have seven 21" sensation lawn mowers and one 19" mower. Theres nothing like them if you never used one. I had mine painted in by Maaco to match the original tangier orange. I hear good things about powdercoating which I'm going to have done to the one I'm working on now. I make parts and grass catchers for them, Where did you find you grasscatcher?? I did manage to find a N.O.S. one but its so hard to locate them that I actually sew up the bags myself using the correct cloth and weld up the cages and silkscreen the logo on. I also make the correct era one pin bracket. ----
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