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First Signs of Rust on my new machine

So I was cleaning off my machine today, its fairly new. I got it 18 months ago, so all last year's season and half of this years. I noticed these scapes and the start of rust in the impeller housing. I was wondering if you all thought I should do a full sand and paint to the bucket in the rust spots? I saw a video on how to removed the augers and impeller on my machine. Seems not too bad but time consuming.

Should I wait for the spring, or do it now?

There is Fluid Film in the housing (all the bubbles).

PS this is my first quality machine. I got my fathers when he passed away but it was Swiss Cheese by the time I got it.

Thanks!
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Gravel where u blow? It will just keep coming back, wd40 in spring


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Actually no gravel. Must have been some small rocks at EOD, I guess.
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I have mine apart and am painting it currently. That being said I also have several snow blowers, so if we get a storm I have something to use. If I were you I would wait till spring / summer. It is much easier to paint when its warm and you can take your time doing it right. Plus paint will dry much faster in the summer.
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I do exactly what you do - Fluid Film/WD40 the entire section

That area is a harsh envirnoment the paint will just wear off again so why bother.

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If it was me, I would wait till summer, sand it down, prime it and then paint it. Augers and inside the chute discharge are common wear areas.

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This happens no matter what. Its only a concern if you leave it for multiple years without fixing it. Gonna want to wire wheel it or sand it off during maintenance time and repaint.
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone. When you say prime just a few coats with the Honda OEM color paint?
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I get the same.

I choose a warm summer day, 5 minutes with a wire brush and/or emery cloth. Wipe away the dust, a few blasts of spray paint, and it looks as good as new.
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So I was cleaning off my machine today, its fairly new. I got it 18 months ago, so all last year's season and half of this years. I noticed these scapes and the start of rust in the impeller housing. I was wondering if you all thought I should do a full sand and paint to the bucket in the rust spots? I saw a video on how to removed the augers and impeller on my machine. Seems not too bad but time consuming.

Should I wait for the spring, or do it now?

There is Fluid Film in the housing (all the bubbles).

PS this is my first quality machine. I got my fathers when he passed away but it was Swiss Cheese by the time I got it.

Thanks!
My driveway is crushed stone (gravel) and my machine looks 5X worse than yours. Just coat it with oil when the season ends to keep it from rusting, cause repainting is going to be a temporary fix that you are going to have to repeat every year!
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