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post #1 of 12 Old 06-13-2017, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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My 2016 Compact 24 was used perhaps five times over the last two winters. I like to keep my equipment looking like new. A couple of days ago, I pulled it out to change the oil. I was disappointed to see the shaft going from the auger to the impeller was covered in rust. Some of the nuts & bolts on the machine are showing early rust as well. I sanded the shaft, applied two coats of silver "Rust Bullet" and finished with Por 15 topcoat black. I always rinse the bucket after each use in case it was exposed to salt. I'm a little bent that I have to do this for a nearly new machine. Okay, I've vented.
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My 2016 Compact 24 was used perhaps five times over the last two winters. I like to keep my equipment looking like new. A couple of days ago, I pulled it out to change the oil. I was disappointed to see the shaft going from the auger to the impeller was covered in rust. Some of the nuts & bolts on the machine are showing early rust as well. I sanded the shaft, applied two coats of silver "Rust Bullet" and finished with Por 15 topcoat black. I always rinse the bucket after each use in case it was exposed to salt. I'm a little bent that I have to do this for a nearly new machine. Okay, I've vented.
First law of metal, IT ALWAYS RUSTS. it is returning to it's original state. you could have the finest german, british steel and it will do the same thing.

Long LIVE THE POWERSHIFT!! MAY IT NEVER RUST IN PEACE!!
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Welcome to the age of cheap steel and cheaper paint (read eco-friendly into that). My '63 SnowBird still has most of its' paint on the impeller shaft. Sign of the times brother.
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probably another example of poor prep before paint. that coupled with the "new" EPA paints with no lead and less volatile solvents and chemicals in their formula just don't have the longevity of yesteryear.


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Welcome to the age of cheap steel and cheaper paint (read eco-friendly into that). My '63 SnowBird still has most of its' paint on the impeller shaft. Sign of the times brother.
Agreed, what a shame. I would not buy a new machine if I had to. Now I'm always looking for older lightly used machines over the new crap, your almost always better off with an older lightly used machine over new now. They don't build anything like they used too. It's a shame.

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my thought....get a 70's or 80's Ariens.....get rid of the Tecumseh ...install a preditor from HF...AND LET THE GAMES BEGIN!
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Good points about cheap steel & cheaper paint. All that orange paint is rust free and so is the auger. That shaft is visible, so I'd be happy to pay the extra buck it would take to paint it with something that lasts.
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Valspar Tractor and Implement Enamel (in the can) and add the Valspar 4625 Enamel Hardener both on Amazon. And read and follow the precautions including using a 3-M replaceable filter respirator.
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Thanks E350. I did use Valspar 4625 Enamel Hardener with POR15 topcoat. I love 4625. I'm about to use it to paint a garage side door along with my favorite paint: Rust-Oleum Marine Topside Paint. [Also on Amazon.]
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Jermar:

Marine Coatings Topside Paint Product Page

Based on your recommendation, I am willing to try it with the Valspar Hardener. What do you prefer in the Rustoleum Topside Paint over the Valspar Tractor and Implement?

And do you thin the Topside? and if so, with what?

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