Farm Equipment Paint Increases Service Life
Posted on May 27 2022
Farm equipment is a major investment, which makes maintenance a top priority. Whether the equipment is a tractor, combine, backhoe, mower, plow, spreader, wagon or trailer it needs to be serviced regularly to keep it in good running order and keep it in service as long as possible. Maintenance not only includes things like servicing engines and lubrication, but also repairing rust, or keeping metal protected from rust. For this purpose, farm equipment paint such as ColorBond Pro Tech Industrial Protective Coating is needed.
Significant rust can cause farm equipment to degrade, which can lead to parts failure and sometimes safety issues. Rust, also known as iron oxide, is most seen as a reddish or orange colored scale on iron or iron alloys such as steel. Once rust develops it will continue to eat away at the metal, and if not stopped, will weaken it. For rust to form, metal needs to be exposed to two elements: water (or moist air) and oxygen. To keep metal from rusting it needs to be separated from air and moisture. Farm equipment paint provides this barrier.
Proper paint maintenance can help farm equipment, like spreaders, last longer
If the paint is lightly scratched and visible rust has not yet begun to form the repair can be simple. Wash the area with soap and water and use fine sandpaper (such as 2000 grit) to smooth the edges of the broken paint. Farm equipment paint can then be used to touch up the scratch. However, first wipe down the area with isopropyl alcohol on a cloth to remove any remaining dust, grease, or oil. It’s important to ensure the paint thoroughly seals the scratch from water and oxygen.
If you find the scratch is deep and the metal is exposed the procedure becomes more labor intensive. Scratches or chips that have penetrated the paint and primer will require additional repair including the application of primer and then farm equipment paint. First wash the area with soap and water. Then remove loose or flaking rust with coarse sandpaper or a wire brush. Next, a scuffing pad can be used to clean the metal of any remaining rust and roughen the surface for best paint adhesion. It’s very important to remove all traces of rust. To keep the metal from continuing to rust under new paint. 2000 grit sandpaper can be used to smooth the edges of the broken paint if necessary. Before applying rustproof primer wipe the area down with isopropyl alcohol.
After primer it is important to top coat with a high quality farm equipment paint. ColorBond Pro Tech Industrial Protective Coating is a ceramic paint that offers high opacity, toughness and durability to provide maximum protection to a wide variety of metal and previously finished substrates. The paint is high temperature and solvent resistant and is perfect for painting farm equipment. This industrial aerosol spray paint is designed to repair or touch up damage to the painted finish of metal surfaces and provides a great looking and long-lasting coating that protects against corrosion. It’s toughness and durability provide maximum protection. The formulation of Pro Tech Industrial Protective Coating makes it highly opaque to provide excellent build-up and coverage. Making quality repairs and touchups quick and easy. Pro Tech Industrial Protective Coating is gas, oil, and grease resistant, can handle temperatures up to 300°F, and is available in 7 colors.
With proper maintenance, farm equipment can provide many years of service. Keeping metal free from rust is a big part of that. For more information on ColorBond Pro Tech Industrial Protective Coating click here.