When exposed metal on a lawn mower deck comes into contact with oxygen and moisture, it forms rust. It’s important to correct a rusty deck whenever the procedure begins to reduce rust from eating completely throughout the alloy. The use of a rust converter changes present rust to your black protective layer and saves the further step of using a primer prior to repainting your deck.
Pull the spark plug boot from the spark plug to prevent accidental starting. Remove your lawn mower deck from a riding mower, after the owner’s manual removal instructions. Remove the blades out of either a riding mower deck or a push mower.
Scrub loose rust particles from the top and underside of your mower deck using a wire brush. Place a brick to a push mower manage to hold it up while scrubbing the underside.
Pour paint thinner on a washcloth and clean out the top and underside of the deck thoroughly to remove any grease or oil. Allow the paint thinner to dry fully.
Apply rust converter to all deck surfaces using a paintbrush. Allow about one hour for the product to dry, and then apply another coat in the same fashion. Let the second coat of rust converter dry completely for approximately two days.
Cover the motor and all pieces of a push mower excluding the deck using paper bags. Secure the totes with masking tape into the mower components.
Paint the entire deck with exterior enamel aerosol paint. Use a sweeping motion from side to side, while holding the spray paint can about 6 to 8 inches from the deck surface. Overlap paths of the paint for a smooth finish. Paint the top of the deck first, let it dry and then paint the underside.